Cold shooting, fouls doom Lady Huskies district hopes

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital

HOMINY — The Pawhuska Lady Huskies will be looking to warm up their shooting Thursday for their westward sub-Regional contest in the Oklahoma Class 2A basketball pkayoffs.

In last week’s District three-way at Hominy, the Lady Huskies launched a season’s worth of airballs from the perimeter — and were still able to win by 31 in their series’ opener and remain in contention until the final minutes of their finals’ showdown against Owasso’s Rejoice Christian Lady Eagles.

Rejoice received the benefit of Pawhuska’s 29 percent outside aim, including an o-fer night from 3-point range. The Lady Knights also were helped by the fourth-quarter departures of Lady Huskie senior starters Keylee Kirk and Kailee Hambright, as well as sophomore sparkplug Kyleigh Riebel because of fouls.

PHS held a 7-5 lead after the opening quarter and retained a 16-13 edge at halftime. Three minutes into the second half, the Rejoice girls grabbed the advantage, 20-18, with a put-back.

Rejoice shooters made seven of 12 free-throw opportunities down the stretch to offset two-basket final quarters by junior Sydney Sellers and sophomore Star Sweeden. Nearly all of Pawhuska’s scoring came from Sellers (who wrapped up a torrid district performance with 12 point and seven rebounds), senior Sarah Phillippi (eight points) and Sweeden (who tallied six).

Thursday, the Pawhuska girls — who are now 12-13 under first-year head coach Lauri Shatswell — are to take on Crossings Christian (11-14), in a 1:30 p.m. sub-Regional matchup at Cashion. A victory in that contest would re-route the Lady Huskies east to Kiefer for a 1:30 p.m. Friday showdown versus the loser of the Thursday night game between Drumright and Kiefer. The winner of Saturday’s Regional final at Kiefer advances to the Area Tournament March 3-5 at the Enid Events Center.

Pawhuska’s girls humbled Hominy’s Lady Bucks, 56-15, to earn a shot at their first district crown in five years. Sellers accounted for 19 of the visiting team’s points. Kirk added 11 and made nine steals for the visiting squad, which had 10 players crack the scoring column.