Pawhuska boys rally comes up short Friday night

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
Pawhuska JT Waddle passes inside to Easton Kirk (23) against the Dewey Bulldoggers on Friday night at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse. The Huskies fell to the Bulldogs 64-62.

The Dewey Bulldoggers jumped to a 22-8 first-quarter lead and hold off a furious Pawhuska second-half rally to edge the Huskies 64-62 at Oren Terrill Fieldhouse.

Dewey hit six 3-pointers and a couple of 2-pointers in the first quarter to jump out to a commanding lead. Dewey’s Blayz Rippy was blazing beyond the arc with four of Dewey’s six treys. The Huskies only scored once from the field in the first when Braydon Wilson hit a 3-pointer. The rest of the Huskies first-quarter points came from the charity stripe.

Pawhuska coach Jake Christenson said he was proud of the heart his squad displayed after Dewey’s first-quarter barrage.

“Our biggest speech before the game was ‘Are we going to dig down and fight,’” Christenson said. “We want to leave no doubt to everyone on that other team and everyone in the stands that we played our hardest. I don’t think anyone can argue that. We were down 22 points in the third quarter and made it a two-point game."

Dewey’s long-range bombers cooled off after the torrid first quarter. The Bulldoggers scored just two more treys in the game. Rippy made both of those.

Pawhuska narrowed the gap to 12 by halftime, outscoring Dewey, 14-12, in the second quarter. In the third, Dewey’s advantage grew to 22 before the Huskies started closing the gap. Still, the Bulldogs maintained a healthy 51-36 advantage as the final stanza started.

Evan Frye and Wilson paced the Huskies fourth quarter rally. Frye and Wilson combined for 16 fourth-quarter points. The Huskies trailed by 5 with less than 10-seconds left. J.T. Waddle connected on a trey as time expired to make the final score 64-62.

Four Dewey players ended the game in double figures. Rippy lead all scorers with 20, including six 3-pointers. Hayden Thornton added 14, while Colby Henley and Kameron Hayes added 12 and 10, respectively.

The Huskies also had four players in double figures. Kirk paced the attack with 19. Wilson contributed 14. Evan Frye and J.T. Waddle chipped in 12 and 10.

The Huskies travel to Kellyville Tuesday and will host Barnsdall on Friday. The boys games will begin after the girls games, which start at 6:30 p.m.