Perkins-Tryon coach Jerry Burnett was prepared for Millwood to make a run at the opening of the fourth quarter.
And despite both Bailey Wensler and Jordan Gorham having four fouls and missing the majority of the third, Burnett put them back on the floor.
The risk paid off in a big way as the second-ranked Demons pulled away for a 63-42 victory over the defending champions in the Class 3A semifinals Friday morning at State Fair Arena.
“We knew Millwood was going to make a run at us,” Burnett said. “Jessica Foster came off the bench and did an excellent job, Siara Breeden came in and did an excellent job.
“They picked it up and we played well with those girls in the game.”
Perkins-Tryon awaits the winner of Sulphur and Adair at 2 p.m. Saturday for its first title game since 1997, when it finished runner up.
With Wensler and Gorham back in the game, Perkins-Tryon (28-0) turned a five-point game into a rout, outscoring Millwood 21-5.
When Millwood got within 10 midway through the quarter, Wensler delivered a back-breaking 3-pointer from the right corner.
“I guess I was just feeling it,” she said.
She only finished with nine points, but eight came in the fourth quarter.