Lady Huskies finish 3rd in Dewey tournament

Mike Erwin |
PHS sophomore Kianna Taylor reaches for a rebound during a recent basketbll game against Nowata. After winning two of three last week at the Dewey Tournament, the Lady Huskies were to play Tuesday at Nowata and will travelto Barnsdall for a matchup Thursday.

Jack Buzbee/J-C correspondent

DEWEY — Notching wins No. 5 and 6 of the season, the Pawhuska Lady Huskies played their way to a third-place finish at last week’s Dewey Basketball Tournament.

The Lady Huskies wrapped up the week Saturday evening by knocking off Cleveland, 34-20. It was their third meeting of the season with the Lady Tigers, which are now 2-11 since sneaking past the local girls in the season opener at Pawhuska.

In their first game of the tourney, Pawhuska dispatched the host Lady Doggers, 43-28 — which avenged a Jan. 6 loss at Dewey.

Sierra Sellers had 10 points and nine rebounds for PHS against the Lady Doggers. Kaiti Moen of the Lady Huskies finished with nine points and made five steals, while Sydney Sellers scored nine, rebounded five, had three steals and blocked two shots. Star Sweeden pulled down five boards and Tatyana Curry and Jordan Kitchel grabbed four apiece as Pawhuska held an overall rebounding advantage of 29 to 21.

Moen hit PHS’s only three-pointer of the night, with the Lady Huskies attempting eight. Dewey was three of 13 from long range. Pawhuska made four of 11 at the free-throw line, while the Lady Doggers cashed in 11 of its 24 charity shots.The Dewey girls also committed 20 turnovers, which was five more than the Lady Huskies. Pawhuska connected on 40 percent of its shots from the field, hitting 19 out of 47, while Dewey found the mark at just a 22 percent rate 8-for-36).

PHS’s middle appearance at the Dewey event resulted in a humbling loss, 52-12, to the Vinita Lady Hornets. Currentlly ranked No. 7 in Class 4A, Vinita raised its record to 12-1. The Lady Hornets have won nine straight since a 68-48 loss at the Adair tournament to the host Lady Warriors, the state’s top-ranked 3A squad.

The Lady Huskies were to play Tuesday night at Nowata in what was to be a third-game “rubber match” with the Lady Ironmen. Pawhuska and Nowata split two previous meetings, with the locals getting their first victory of the season against the Lady Ironmen in December’s Nowata Invitational Tournament. Nowata’s girls returned the favor two weeks ago by beating the Lady Huskies in Pawhuska, 29-20.