DEWEY — Following character-building one win-two loss performances at last week’s Bulldogger Basketball Tournament, the Pawhuska High School basketball teams head to the final month of the season knowing that their best games lie ahead.
The Huskies (5-7) and Lady Huskies will be at home Thursday night versus Perry and travel to nearby Ramona on Friday. Next week, the PHS squads travel to Hominy on Thursday before hosting Barnsdall for Friday night makeup games.
After holding a three-point lead at halftime of Saturday’s third-place game at Dewey, the Pawhuska boys were beset with foul problems in a 13-point loss to Lincoln Christian. Pawhuska had defeated the Rejoice Christian Eagles, 46-36, in its tourney opener Tuesday.
The Huskies were within a win of advancing to the title game when they suffered a 58-41 loss to the tourney hosts in Friday night’s semifinals.
“We came out ready to play,” said PHS coach Monty Unruh of the Friday and Saturday tourney contests. “Both games started well, but the fouls killed us Saturday.”
Caleb Harp and Carson LaRue led the way for Dewey against PHS, but the Doggers went forward to lose Saturday’s title game to Tulsa Webster.
Pawhuska opened strong in the semifinal, taking first-quarter leads off a steal and lay-in by Trent Barnett followed by three-point bombs from Cade Redeagle and Marcus Young. Dewey answered the initial challenge, however, with the strong inside play of Harp and Stevie Payne, plus full-court defense and long-range shooting by LaRue.
After the Huskies took an 8-5 advantage, the Doggers reeled off the last 10 points in the period. Payne put Dewey in front with a put-back before a three-point play by Justin Davis increased the margin to 13-8. Payne hit a runner to give the hosts a seven-point lead.
Redeagle started the second period by again connecting from downtown, but LaRue was quick to respond for Dewey and knocked down a trey from the corner. The Doggers built a double-digit lead midway through the stanza with both teams converting the bulk of their points at the free-throw line.
The Huskies made a late charge before halftime. Redeagle and Eli Florence stroked baseline jumpers and Barnett converted a three-point effort to draw Pawhuska within five (27-22) at the break.
A corner trey by Alec Pierce launched Dewey on a 10-point run to start the second half. Colin Wood and LaRue also hit from three-point range for the Doggers, who outscored the Huskies, 19-7, in the frame — with Harp scoring seven and Wood getting six.
Dewey stretched the lead to 20 midway through the final period, with Payne, Harp and Davis helping to put the win on ice at the free-throw line.
Harp led all scorers with 18 points, while Redeagle tallied 12 to top the Huskies. LaRue wound up with 11. Netting seven points apiece were Pierce and Davis of Dewey and Young for Pawhuska.
Pawhuska: 8 14 7 12 — 41
Dewey: 15 12 19 12 — 58
Pawhuska Huskies (5-6) — Cade Redeagle 12, Marcus Young 7, Trent Barnett 5, Eli Florence 4, Bryce Wilson 3, Bradley Moreland 3, Brandon Hicks 3, J.R. Young 2, Hayden Henley 2. Coach: Monty Unruh.
Dewey Bulldoggers (7-5) — Caleb Harp 18, Carson LaRue 11, Alec Pierce 7, Justin Davis 7, Colin Wood 6, Stevie Payne 6, Trenton Anderson 1, Corey Johnson 1, Chase Wilson 1. Coach: Lance Knight.