Lady Huskies defeat Cleveland Saturday

Mike Erwin |

Pawhuska High School’s Lady Huskies basketball team ended the first week of the new year on a triumphant note.

After dropping a home game Tuesday and falling Friday at Dewey, the Lady Huskies went back on the road Saturday to claim their first victory of 2017. PHS’ 49-20 victory at Cleveland avenged a four-point loss to the Lady Tigers in the season opener at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.

“We led almost the entire game before losing to (Cleveland) the first time,” PHS coach Lauri Lee said. “I hope it shows we’ve learned a few things.”

Senior center Sydney Sellers scored 19 points for the Lady Huskies, while Star Sweeden chipped in 11. Seven other PHS players got in the scoring column.

“We were moving the ball around really well, and finally got some high-low action going,” the coach added.

The Lady Huskies held the lead for most of the Nov. 29 contest before losing by four, 27-23. On Saturday, PHS took a 9-4 advantage in the first quarter, but the home team pulled back within one (16-15) at halftime. Pawhuska put the contest on cruise mode by outscoring the Lady Tigers 14-1 in the third period. Cleveland has now dropped nine of its last 10 outings.

A PHS home game with Nowata was on tap for Tuesday. The Lady Huskies got their first win of the season against the Lady Ironmen, 57-44, at the Nowata Tournament. Nowata and Pawhuska both brought 4-6 records into the matchup.

One of Nowata’s victims (via a 48-46 score) was Dewey — the team that slipped past the Lady Huskies on Friday. The Lady Doggers trailed PHS for 20 minutes before taking their first lead midway through the third quarter.

Freshman guards Kaiti Moen and Alyssa Reynolds had helped put the Lady Huskies in front, 13-7, in the opening period and PHS maintained a six-point advantage at halftime, 21-15. Dewey took control with a 19-3 run in the third, as the Lady Huskies turned the ball over a dozen times.

PHS junior Sierra Sellers wound up with 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Sydney Sellers scored nine. Dewey tried 31 three-point shots, making eight. Pawhuska fired twice from beyond the arc and (Blake Allen) connected with one.

The Lady Huskies and Lady Doggers are due to meet again in Monday’s opening round of the Dewey Tournament. Two weeks later, on Jan. 30, the Dewey squads will be the visitors for PHS’s Basketball Homecoming.