SPERRY — The Pawhuska Huskies picked up their first victory of the high school basketball season Saturday with a 55-46 decision over their Osage County neighbors, the Barnsdall Panthers, in the consolation round of the Sperry Invitational Basketball Tournament .
The Huskies built a 12-5 advantage in the opening period and led 31-13 at halftime. Barnsdall outscored PHS 12-7 in the third quarter and 21-17 in the high-scoring fourth, but the Panthers never got closer than eight in suffering their fifth loss of the winless year.
A 15-point performance by Marcus Young gave the Pawhuska senior double-digit outings in all three games of the tourney.
Brad Moreland tallied nine points for the Huskies, sophomore starter Hayden Henley added eight and senior Bryce Wilson had seven. Daniel Bogney and J.R. Young notched six points apiece for Pawhuska, with Mason Moody chipping in three and Trent Barnett adding a point.
PHS played Saturday’s contest minus starters Trey Redeagle and Tyler Culver, who were taking ACT tests. The shorthanded Huskies managed to claim the triumph, however.
“We finally started shooting the ball a little better,” said Pawhuska coach Monty Unruh, adding that the Young brothers were providing the team with an offensive spark. “Maybe, we can get things going on Friday.”
The Huskies and Lady Huskies will host their other Osage neighbors, the Hominy Bucks. Games are set at 6:30 (for the girls) and 8 p.m. at Oren Terrill Field House. Four new members of the Pawhuska Basketball Hall of Fame will be introduced in a ceremony during Friday’s contests.
In last Thursday tourney opener at Sperry, Pawhuska stayed within four points of the Glenpool Warriors until the final minutes of their opening loss at Sperry. Marcus Young knocked down 17 points for the Huskies in a 54-45 defeat.
The PHS sophomore duo of J.R. Young and Hayden Henley scored seven points apiece for Pawhuska, but the Huskies could not overcome a 24-point, 11-rebound performance by the Warriors’ Ross Smith.
PHS held the advantage through much of the initial quarter, which ended in a 10-all tie. After trailing 16-13 midway through the second stanza, the Warriors reeled off the final eight points to take a 21-16 lead into intermission.
Each team connected for pairs of three-pointers and three of the four fell during a contentious third period from which the Huskies emerged with a slim 16-15 edge.
A minute and 15 seconds into the third stanza, Pawhuska junior Trey Redeagle nailed a three to tie the score at 21-all. The Warriors moved back in front by six before a steal by J.R. Young and a three-ball by his older brother Marcus pulled the Huskies back within two with 45 seconds left in the quarter.
Glenpool answered 30 seconds later when a three-pointer by Kyle Ranford increased its lead to four at the start of the fourth. But, the Class 4A Warriors held off the Huskies down the stretch en route to the round one triumph.
In Friday’s second tourney game, the Huskies were doubled up, 52-26, by the Caney Valley Trojans. The Trojans staked themselves to a first-half lead by burying six three-pointers while Pawhuska struggled offensively and had only five points at the halftime break.
Caney Valley held a 7-3 advantage at the end of the first quarter and moved out to a 21-5 lead at the half. The Huskie offense came alive in the third period — matching the Trojans with 14 points — and PHS outscored Caney Valley in the fourth, 15-13.
Marcus Young tallied a dozen points to lead the Huskies, who fell to 0-3. Nic Vaughn scored 17 points for the Trojans, while Dylan Wickham had 13 and Bailey Edens added 12 for the Trojans.
Huskies 55, Panthers 46
Pawhuska: 12 - 19 - 7 - 17 — 55
Barnsdall: 5 - 8 - 12 - 21 — 46
Pawhuska Huskies (1-3) — Marcus Young 15, Brad Moreland 9, Hayden Henley 8, Bryce Wilson 7, Daniel Bogney 6, J.R. Young 6, Mason Moody 3, Trent Barnett 1. Coach: Monty Unruh.
Glenpool 54, PHS 45
Pawhuska: 10 - 6 - 16 - 13 — 45
Glenpool: 10 - 11 - 15 - 18 — 54
Pawhuska Huskies — Marcus Young 17, Hayden Henley 7, J.R. Young 7, Trey Redeagle 5, Trent Barnett 3, Bryce Wilson 3, Tyler Culver 2, Daniel Bogney 2, Brad Moreland 2. Coach: Mark Frye.
Glenpool Warriors: Ross Smith 24, Kyle Ranford 8, Gregory Cardwell 8, Simmons 4, Logan Hunter 3, John Balance 3, Harper 2.