By Andrew Glover
STILLWATER, Okla. —
Perkins-Tryon Lady Demons basketball coach Jerry Burnett has had great success as coach. During his career he has led 10 teams to the state tournament, including last season’s team that reached the state finals.
Burnett said having great parents has been key for having continued success.
“I’m not the easiest coach,” Burnett said. “I’m very hard on them but care about them a lot. We’ve been fortunate to have great girls over the years.”
This season, Burnett had one of his best teams as the Lady Demons won 28 straight games before losing to undefeated Sulphur in the Class 3A state championship.
“It was a great run,” Burnett said. “The last two seasons we were (state) semifinalists. We want to make it to the final. We worked all year to get there.”
Last season was the second time Burnett reached the state finals. Last season, the coach accomplished a milestone as he won his 500th game. Burnett said a lot of people deserved credit.
“It was a surprise, I kind of put that under the radar,” Burnett said. “There’s a lot of good kids and coaches that are part of that run.”
Last season, Burnett had the opportunity to coach two of the most talented players in the state — Jordan Gorham and McKenzie Stanford. Both players will continue their careers in college. Stanford hasn’t decided where to sign but Gorham will play for Oklahoma Christian next season.
“They were fun players to coach,” Burnett said. “We ran some different things for them. Both players worked hard.”
Gorham said Burnett helped her become a good player.
“I like his coaching style. He knows our strengths and weaknesses,” Gorham said. “He’s been doing this a long time. Everything he’s taught me helped me become the player I am today.”
Though, Burnett loses his top two inside players, he’s looking forward to leading next year’s team back to the big stage.
“It’s what we shoot for and we hope to reload,” Burnett said. “It will be a challenge and we will have to change somethings.”