Depth, athleticism are Lady Huskies strengths

Chris Day

Depth and athleticism are the two words the best describe the Pawhuska Lady Huskies basketball team, Coach Luke Broadbent said.

Broadbent is in his first season as Lady Huskies coach, and it is his first foray into coaching girls basketball. Broadbent came to Pawhuska from Hobart where he as the boys team’s coach. Broadbent said some friends from Pawhuska encouraged him to visit the town and schools system.

The town and school system appealed to Broadbent.

“It’s just one of those places you fall in love with when you show up in town,” he said. “This is my first year ever to coach girls basketball,” he said.

The Lady Huskies finished with an 11-16 record last year. They advanced to the postseason. Broadbent is optimistic the Lady Huskies can make a deep postseason run this year.

“We are good enough to go to Area. Once there anything can happen,” he said.

The Lady Huskies have practiced well and been tested in scrimmage this year, Broadbent said.

“We have had great effort in all but one practice all season,” Broadbent said.

The Lady Huskies will feature a motion offense and a full-court pressure defense under Broadbent.

The coach said he expects 10 or 12 players to play every game.

“It’s the deepest team I’ve had by far,” Broadbent said. “We are scary athletic. If things go like I think they will we are going to pus teams for their spot in the state tournament this year.”

The squad’s four seniors — Star Sweeden, Rayven Stone, Sierra Sellers and Kyleigh Reibel — will be instrumental in the team’s success.

Weeden is a good scorer, and can make plays anyone on the court, Broadbent said, adding several college programs have shown interest in the guard.

Sellers, center, and Stone, guard, also will be in the starting rotation. Stone may be the most athletic player on the team.

Riebel didn’t play basketball last season. However, she did win a state title in the 300-meter hurdles.

“She is a great athlete and a great kid,” he said.

The Lady Huskies open the season Nov. 28 at home against Wesleyan Christian.