Lady Huskies driving hard toward the postseason

Robert Smith rsmith@pawhuskajournalcapital.com
Shelby Bute, No. 14, and Shelby Laird, No. 24, are shown defending against Barnsdall in a game earlier this season, which the Lady Huskies won, 60-44. Journal-Capital photo

The Pawhuska Lady Huskies basketball team came into the week with a 14-4 record and a No. 19 ranking in Class 2A. The PHS ladies registered a 35-26 win last Friday evening at Newkirk, and their next scheduled game was Tuesday at Pawnee.

Coach David Cash cited hard work as the calling card of his team.

“We will not lose from lack of effort,” Cash said. “They always play hard.”

He also praised his players for genuinely being concerned about being good at their game.

“They have a strong desire to compete and to play well, and to win,” Cash said. That concern about playing well and winning translates into the type of game the Lady Huskies play. They start with defense, and generate turnovers, and have been seeing improvement on offense.

“We just press the entire game. We play a lot of minutes,” Cash said. “I like teams to play fast and play aggressive.”

After the Pawnee road game Tuesday, the PHS ladies had four regular-season games left on the schedule, three of them at home. The one road game will be Valentine’s Day at Barnsdall.

Pawhuska’s last regular season game is slated for Feb. 18 at home, versus Pawnee. District competition will follow immediately afterward, and Cash said he’s not sure yet how the postseason schedule will take shape.

The starting five for the Lady Huskies have been Alyssa Reynolds, Shelby Bute, Tatyana Curry, Miya Curry and Shelby Laird. Others seeing significant playing time include Arianna Soliano, Jordan Nelson and Nevaeh Taylor.

Reynolds was leading the team in scoring, going into the Newkirk game, with an average of 14.4 points per game. Miya Curry was playing a key role as the team leader in rebounds, assists and steals.

“We’re getting better every game,” Cash said. “We’re shooting a lot better; that’s just evolved.”