Lady Huskies sweep to victory in Blue Sky Bank Invitational

Robert Smith
Pawhuska Journal-Capital

The Pawhuska Lady Huskies won three straight hard-fought basketball games, from Thursday through Saturday, to emerge as champions of their home tournament.

The 2A Lady Huskies, 11-3 after it was all over, defeated Morrison by a score of 46-43 on Thursday. They followed that on Friday with a 58-50 win over Cleveland, which was ranked No. 16 in 2A, and a Saturday victory of 49-40 over Oklahoma Union, which was ranked No. 17.

The Pawhuska girls had been scheduled for a Tuesday, Jan. 26 road game at Barnsdall, but it was canceled due to COVID-19 considerations. Barnsdall Public Schools was in virtual school mode through Tuesday because of the number of students in quarantine.

Pawhuska Coach David Cash said the tournament championship did not come easily.

"It was a really tough tournament. To win a tournament with that many good teams in it was a real plus," Cash said. He praised the high quality of each of the teams Pawhuska faced.

"To beat these teams back-to-back-to-back says a lot for our team," Cash said, noting that the team is playing its best basketball so far this season.

The Pawhuska girls stretched their win streak to six games with the win over Oklahoma Union. The win streak has unfolded as Pawhuska bounced back from narrow losses to Morrison and Frontier in the Morrison tournament, right after the holiday break ended.

Pawhuska is scheduled for home games next against Newkirk, Pawnee and Liberty.

On the boys side of the ledger, the Pawhuska Huskies, under the leadership of Talby Justus, won their first two games of the tournament before losing the championship game in a Saturday night heartbreaker, 38-37, to No. 18 Morrison. The Huskies were ranked No. 9 in 2A.

Pawhuska defeated Mingo Valley, 53-33, in its opening game of the Blue Sky Bank Invitational, and followed that with a 43-33 win over 3A Alva. The Pawhuska boys emerged from the tournament with a season record of 9-2. They were scheduled next for home games against Newkirk, Pawnee and Liberty.