Pawhuska girls cagers reach regionals

Chris Day
Pawhuska’s Star Sweeden (23) puts up a jump shot earlier this season. She hit some key free throws against Rejoice Christian Friday night. Chris Day/Journal-Capital

The Pawhuska Lady Huskies did what they needed to do Friday, edging Rejoice Christian, 47-37, to advance to the district finals against Dale on Saturday.

More importantly, Pawhuska punched its ticket to the regional tournament. The Lady Huskies will play Hominy at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Rejoice Christian’s gym in Owasso.

Coach Luke Broadbent said the Lady Huskies brought their “A” game against Rejoice Christian. “We played well.”

The PHS girls, Broadbent said, had some chances to put Lady Eagles away, but “just couldn’t get it done.”

Star Sweeden made some key free throws late in the game to seal the win for the Lady Huskies.

Pawhuska (16-9) didn’t fare as well against Dale, the No. 3-ranked team in Class 2A.

The Lady Huskies trailed by 30 at half. They only scored seven points in the first-two periods. Dale won the game, 62-21.

“In the first half, we panicked a little bit,” Broadbent said.’The Lady Huskies had a difficult time adjusting to Dale’s man-to-man pressure. Dale’s Claire Chastain is about 6-feet tall, and shut down Pawhuska’s inside game

Chastain led all scorers with 16.

In the regional play, it’s win or you’re out.

The Lady Huskies have two victories over Hominy this season. They defeated the Lady Bucks, 49-26, in the semifinals of the Pawhuska Invitational Tournament in December, and picked up a 47-42 win at Pawhuska on Jan. 22.

Broadbent said Hominy is a good team. Coach Michael Nordquist always has them ready to play.

The key to a victory Thursday afternoon is offensive consistency and the team’s ability to adapt during the game.

The Lady Huskies, at times, have had 5 to 6 minute offensive dry spells during games. “We can’t have droughts,” he said.

All the times in regionals and moving forward are good now.

“You have to learn to adjust on the fly,” he said.

Pawhuska boys

The Pawhuska boys basketball team lost a 58-37 decision Friday night against Dale to end their season with an 11-11 record.