Panthers pounce on senior night

Robert Smith
Pawhuska senior wrestlers Ryan Parks, left, and Price Perrier, right, were recognized Monday night. Their Senior Night was scheduled for last Thursday night, but had to be canceled because of inclement weather. They were recognized during the halftime of the boys basketball game Monday.

Monday was senior night for Pawhuska High School’s basketball teams, but the Barnsdall Panthers and Lady Panthers stole a little of the thrill of the moment.

The Panthers defeated the Huskies 44-34 in the late game. The Lady Panthers took down the Lady Huskies, 46-37. The losses ended the regular season for Pawhuska. The Pawhuska boys compiled a 13-10 record under head coach Jake Christenson, while Ernie Barnett’s Huskie girls team tallied a 10-13 mark.

The Barnsdall boys improved to 20-2 on the season.

The Lady Huskies looked sharper than they did in a Jan. 11 loss to the Lady Panthers at Barnsdall, but the Lady Panthers were sharper this time as well. Joe Gilbert’s Barnsdall girls won two out of three this season from the Lady Huskies.

Clif Warford’s Barnsdall boys also won two out of three from Pawhuska this year on the hardwood. The two earlier games had been overtime thrillers, with each team winning in the other one’s house, but thanks to a strong first half the Panthers didn’t need overtime Monday to beat the Huskies.

Warford’s squad led 15-8 after one period and 26-14 at the half. Barnsdall’s Michael Marin sank a three-pointer just before the half to extend the lead.

The second half was basically a wash, as Pawhuska cut the Panthers’ lead by only two. The score after three periods was 36-26, and the final period was an 8-8 tie.

Pawhuska had trailed late in the Jan. 11 game at Barnsdall, but had been able to knock down several key three-pointers to claw their way back. That wasn’t to be on Monday, as Barnsdall played better perimeter defense and salted away the win.