Lady Huskies cagers second in tourney

Chris Day
Pawhuska Lady Huskies Star Sweeden (23) elevates for a shot over Caney Valley High School defenders in Saturday’s championship game of the Pawhuska Invitational basketball tournament. Chris Day/Journal-Capital

Pawhuska’s Lady Huskies couldn’t counter Caney Valley’s first quarter barrage in the finals of the Pawhuska Invitational basketball tournament Saturday at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.

The Lady Trojans came out of the first quarter with a 19-6 advantage. The PHS girls rallied in the second and third quarters to cut the CVHS advantage to 10 heading into the fourth.

Caney Valley responded in the final stanza and when the buzzer sounded the Lady Trojans had won the Pawhuska Invitational title, 57-34,

“We dug ourselves a big hole early,” PHS coach Luke Broadbent said, adding it’s difficult to overcome a big deficit against a good team. Caney Valley entered the Pawhuska tournament undefeated and left that way.

“We got after it after the first quarter. I was proud of the way we played,” he said. “We got the lead down to 9 going into the fourth quarter.”

The Lady Huskies, Broadbent said, continue to learn how to play in the big moments.

“When we learn how to beat a good team,” Broadbent said. “We will beat a lot of good teams in the tournament.”

In the pivotal opening quarter, Caney Valley used a combination of 3-pointers, under 10-footers and free throws to build a 19-6 advantage.

Caney Valley’s Paige Urquhart hit on a trey and deuce to led the Lady Trojans. She finished with a game high 20 points.

The Lady Huskies struggled against the Lady Trojans taller players — Katie Cagle and Chenoa Webb — who altered Pawhuska’s inside shots, and scored themselves. Webb and Cagle scored 9 and 8 points, respectively.

The Lady Huskies trailed 31-15 at halftime, but outscored CVHS 13-7 in the third to pull within 10 at 38-28. Kaiti Moen paced the Pawhuska girls in the third with a trey and two 2-point buckets. Moen led all Pawhuska scorers with 13. Arianna Soliano, Star Sweeden and Sierra Sellers scored deuces in the period.

Caney Valley’s Hanna Jones came to life in the final period. She had been silent for the first three quarters, but scored six in the fourth, hitting two baskets and making two at the charity stripe.

The Lady Huskies don’t return to game action until 6:30 p.m Jan. 2 when they travel to Newark. The team’s next home game is at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 5 when the Dewey Lady Bulldoggers come to Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.

Pawhuska 49, Hominy 26

The Pawhuska Lady Huskies advanced to the Pawhuska Invitational Tournament championship game with a 49-26 victory over the Hominy Lady Bucks Thursday at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.

Pawhuska owned the third period. The Lady Huskies scored 25 points, led by Arianna Soliano who knocked down a couple of 3-pointers in that frame. Kyleigh Riebel also contributed 5 points during the third-quarter barrage.

Soliano paced the Lady Huskies scoring with 9 points — all on 3-pointers. Rayven Stone also scored 9. Kyleigh Riebel added 8 and Alyssa Reynolds chipped in 7.

Pawhuska 64, Caney Valley JV 14

The Lady Huskies didn’t have any trouble with the Lady Trojans JV team in the tournament’s opening round. PHS led 41-4 at the half and rolled to the 64-14 victory.

Sierra Sellers led the Lady Huskies with 15 points, while Kiana Taylor added nine, and Shelby Bute chipped in 8.