By Andrew Glover
Stillwater News Press
PERKINS, Okla. —
Playing good defense and shooting the ball well are a couple of the key essentials to winning a basketball game.
Tuesday at the Perkins-Tryon Gymnasium the Lady Demons only allowed six points in the second half and made seven 3-pointers in a 44-25 victory over the Cushing Lady Tigers.
“We shot the ball pretty well tonight,” Perkins-Tryon coach Jerry Burnett said. “We were able to spread the floor. ... Defensively we put a little pressure on them.”
Cushing (6-14) got off to a quick start with a 3-point play by Karlie Jones and a 3-pointer by Mikalea Weaver. The Lady Demons (13-4) turned the momentum starting with a 3-pointer by senior Jeri Adkism. P-T would go on a 14-0 run to pull out to a 16-6 lead early in the second quarter. Adkism made four 3-pointers in the first half and finished the game with five.
“Adkism hit some shots deep that really helped us,” Burnett said.
Lady Tigers coach Don Dodd said they played a zone defense. He added the results didn’t work out for them.
“We are going to leave some shots open,” Dodd said. “When they are hitting them it’s not good for us.”
Jones provided the Lady Tigers offense with 13 points in the first half. P-T led 28-19 at halftime.
The Lady Tigers scored quickly in the third quarter but didn’t add anymore. The Lady Demons limited Cushing’s possessions in the second half has they held the ball for a few minutes at a time. Perkins-Tryon led by as many as 20 in the second half.
Adkism led all scorers with 19 points. Freshman Brianna Hobbs provided the inside scoring for the Lady Demons with 13. Burnett said Hobbs has really been stepping up.
“Hobbs is a freshman,” Burnett said. “We’re looking forward to what she can do the next three years.”
The Lady Tigers lost their sixth straight game and will visit Mount Saint Mary’s for a 4A district championship at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Demons will host Chisholm at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Demons dominate Tigers, 51-35
Usually the team that makes the least amount of mistakes wins the game. Tuesday night, the Perkins-Tryon Demons made slightly less miscues in a 51-35 victory over the Cushing Tigers.
“We play well in spurts,” Perkins-Tryon coach Norman Tippeconnie said. “We are yet to put together a whole game. When we are able to put together a whole game, we are going to be all right.”
The Demons (14-3) had 17 turnovers and the errors weren’t only on the court. P-T was called for two administrative technical fouls in the first half because of scorebook errors.
Cushing (8-11) struggled even more. The Tigers had eight turnovers in the first quarter alone and finished the game with 23.
“Turnovers were costly in the first half,” Cushing coach David Day said.
The Demons started pulling away towards the end of the first quarter. With the game tied at six, Matt Waitt hit a 3-pointer and P-T stole the in-bounds pass which gave Travis Cotton an easy layup. Perkins-Tryon led 13-8 after the first quarter and gradually increased its lead to 10 at halftime.
In the second half, the Demons had strong play inside by Talon and Thunder Sharp — who combined for 14 of P-T’s 18 points in the third. The Demons led 39-21 at the end of the third.
Cushing made a run in the fourth, to cut P-T’s lead to 12. Day said they changed the defense.
“We got out of our zone and pressed them a little bit,” Day said. “We got them flustered. They are so huge. Their length gave us trouble.”
Thunder Sharp led the team in scoring with 14 points. Talon Sharp scored 10 and Waitt scored nine. Drew Wilson led Cushing with 19 points.
The Tigers lost their fifth consecutive game and will play in the district championship at Mount Saint Mary’s at 8 p.m. Saturday. The Demons will host Chisholm for a 3A district championship at 8 p.m. Saturday.