Barnsdall roundballers fade in regionals

Robert Smith

Winning 2018-19 campaigns for the Barnsdall High School boys and girls basketball teams came to an end last week in regional play. The boys finished 22-4, dropping two out of three at the regional level.

The Panthers bested Langston Hughes, 66-61, but lost 52-50 to Preston and 61-57 to Wellston.The two narrow losses ended what had been a very promising run for Clif Warford’s team. Barnsdall was 20-2 in the regular season, losing only to Pawhuska and Oklahoma Union. They beat Porter Consolidated by a 55-36 score in district play.

The Lady Panthers, under the guidance of Joe Gilbert, finished 15-9, dropping a 44-30 decision to Wellston in regionals. Both the Barnsdall basketball squads won two out of three from Pawhuska High this season.

The Pawhuska Huskies finished 13-11 for 2018-19 under coach Jake Christenson. The Huskies lost 60-55 in a district game versus Mounds to close out the season. Christenson’s group showed flashes of promise but lost their last four decisions. The Huskies were a young team this year and will return plenty of talent next season.

Coach Ernie Barnett’s Lady Huskies battled until the end, but had an uneven 10-14 season that ended with a 51-28 loss to Mounds in district play. The ladies lost their last three.