It was an instant classic on Monday evening, as the Pawhuska Lady Huskies defeated the Woodland Lady Cougars, 45-42 in double overtime. Pawhuska didn’t lead in the game until the first overtime period.
The Lady Huskies trailed 17-7 heading into halftime and were down by as much as 13 in the second half. Pawhuska clawed back into the contest and this three-pointer with just under a minute to go in the fourth from Taleah Forte sent the game to overtime.
Both teams had chances to get the victory in the final minute of the game, but it would be decided in overtime. Trailing by four, Forte hit another big three-pointer in the first overtime, which aided the Lady Huskies in forcing a second overtime. Trailing by a point midway through the second overtime period, this shot by Miya Curry gave the Lady Huskies only its second lead of the game, which they would keep for good.
Curry led the Lady Huskies in scoring with 16 points. Jordon Nelson scored all nine of her points from the free throw line and Shelby Laird had eight points.
The boys game wasn’t nearly as exciting, as the Huskies went on to get a 49-35 victory. Pawhuska led by as much as 20 in the second half before allowing the Cougars to get within eight in the final five minutes. Holton Justus, Isaiah Walker and Tel Richardson all scored in double figures.
The Huskies now host the Pawhuska tournament beginning on Thursday. Coverage can be heard throughout the entire weekend on Sportstalk KPGM FM 99.1 and KPGMTV.com.
Pawhuska girls and boys basketball is back at it on Monday night, ahead of the Huskies own tournament this weekend.
Pawhuska will play host to Woodland on Monday evening. Both teams are coming off wins on Thursday, when the girls and guys swept Dewey.
The Pawhuska guys will cherish the opportunity to play four games over the next six days. After a late start because of the football team’s run, Pawhuska has played just seven games so far, and stands at 6-1. The Huskies reputation has carried them still to a No. 9 ranking in Class 2A.
Girls tip at 6:30 with the guys to follow on 99.1 FM – KPGM. You can also watch those games on KPGMTV.com.
It was a showdown between two Washington County teams Friday evening, as the Dewey Bulldoggers played host to the Caney Valley Trojans. Dewey competed throughout, but it was the Trojans who spoiled the Doggers homecoming Friday evening, getting a 46-36 victory.
Both teams struggled to get things going offensively in the early going, as the game was tied at 14 with 2:30 left in the first half. A 9-0 run to close the second quarter helped the Trojans get some comfort heading into halftime. This Bryce Kramer three-pointer was a part of that run.
Caney Valley’s lead was extended to as much as 14 in the third quarter before Dewey climbed back into it. The Doggers would get no closer than six in the closing minutes, though.
Daniel Barham finished with 18 points, while Kramer added 13 for Caney Valley. Dewey’s Jake LaSpisa had 13 points and Jacob Mouser added 11.
Dewey travels to Sperry later tonight, while Caney Valley plays Wyandotte and Fairland next week. Those games were scheduled after the Caney Valley Tournament got canceled.
Barnsdall Public Schools will be back to in-person learning on Wednesday. A post on the Barnsdall Public Schools Facebook page says in part that the school is hopeful they won’t have to return to virtual learning again, but if COVID-19 cases were to increase once school resumes, they may have to go virtual again.
The school is now required to enter its COVID-19 case numbers and close contacts on a statewide data system. A graph shows that one week ago, 92 students and staff members were in quarantine. That number is now down to 13.
Staff members will continue to clean and disinfect all areas of the school to prevent the spread of COVID-19. They will also continue to encourage students to wear masks, wash their hands regularly and watch their distance.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Nutrition Director for Osage County, Kyme Vincent has received more money to help Osage County residents than she has in past years. At Monday's Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting, the commissioners reviewed the S20 quarterly financial report for the period ending in December of last year.
Vincent is working on using that money in the coming six months, as district one commissioner Randall Jones says some of that money can be rolled over into the next fiscal year, but other funds must be used by June 30th. One problem that Vincent could face is if the State of Oklahoma were to come in and take some of those funds away.
The county gives the nutrition department $80,000 each year as well. Thus far, Vincent has spent just over a quarter of that.
At Monday's Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting, district one commissioner Randall Jones informed the public that air purifiers have been bought and are currently being installed to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in county-owned buildings.
The commissioners are holding off on installing more air purifiers to other buildings because of the high cost of this project. This first round of installation is going to cost upward of $50,000. This is why they will look to begin work in other buildings just after the fiscal year in July.
The Board of Osage County Commissioners had a productive meeting at the fairgrounds on Monday morning and got a number of things accomplished.
District one commissioner Randall Jones told the public that he is continuing to work on getting as many air purifiers as possible for each county-owned buildings. These purifiers help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The commissioners reviewed and approved the financial report from the nutrition department for the three month period, which ended in December of last year.
The commissioners took no action regarding making possible amendments for those entering the Osage County Courthouse or other county-owned buildings.
A letter was signed with Guy Engineering, which will allow them to continue working on a project in district two. This dealt with utilities that needed to be re-located in district two. Roper Rd. will now be removed from ODOT inventory in district two as well.
The next regularly scheduled Board of Osage County Commissioners meeting will be next Monday at 10 o' clock in the morning.
Former Osage County Sheriff George Wayman passed away at the age of 93 over the weekend. Wayman served as Osage County Sheriff from 1955 to 1989 and is credited with help organize the Oklahoma Sheriff's Association in 1970 and serving on the Oklahoma Crime Commission under three governors. Wayman was inducted into the Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame in 2015.
Current Osage County Sheriff Eddie Virden had the opportunity to know Wayman and had nothing but good things to say about him.
The Osage County Jail is named in Wayman's honor. Virden, along with the entire Sheriff's Department, send their condolences to the Wayman family.
Early Monday morning, a young male wandered off into the woods near the Osage Hills State Park. Family notified the Osage County Sheriff' Office of this and they began searching for the subject at around 3 a.m. Sheriff Eddie Virden says he appeared a couple of hours later.
He has been checed out by medical personnel and is doing fine.
The Osage County Republican Party has voted to censure Oklahoma Senators James Lankford and Jim Inhofe at the 2021 biennial convential. They are demanding their immediate resignation for their failure to support Donald Trump and the will of their constituents.
A Facebook post from the Osage County Republican Party states that both senators are welcome to attend and address the party and defend their actions.