Jordan Gorham called it an ugly win, but she will take any win in the state tournament.
Perkins-Tryon remained unbeaten on the season as the Lady Demons downed Hugo, 57-47, Thursday afternoon at State Fair Arena in the first round of the Class 3A girls basketball state tournament.
The win sends the Lady Demons into the Class 3A semifinals at 9 a.m. Friday against Millwood.
“It wasn't our best game,” said Gorham, who scored a game-high 19 points and snagged 11 rebounds. “It was very, very ugly out there. We weren't playing our own game.
“It was like we were playing at their speed, the way they wanted. When teams like to go up and down the court like that, we have to slow it down and take control.”
No. 2 Perkins might have been playing faster than it wanted, but it never trailed against No. 18 Hugo. The game was only tied once, 9-9, in the first quarter.
Perkins' other 6-foot post player, Mackenzie Stanford, added 15 points and six rebounds for the Lady Demons (27-0).
“Those two are hard to guard,” said Perkins coach Jerry Burnett of Gorham and Stanford, the Lady Demons' two leading scorers on the season.
Bailey Wensler scored nine points and pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds for Perkins. Ray'Shionne Smith led Hugo (19-9) with 25 points.
Despite the win, Burnett was not happy with his team's performance.
“We didn't play very well,” he said. “Jitters? I don't know what it was. We got to see when we got mismatches inside and we didn't do that today.”
Perkins will meet another team that likes to get up and down the floor on Friday in third-ranked and defending state champ Millwood, which defeated Verdigris 54-47 in its quarterfinal contest.
“They are gong to run, run, run and they have guards who are way more willing to pressure you than those guys (Hugo),” said Gorham, who has signed with Oklahoma Christian University.
Burnett said the Lady Demons will have to play much better to defeat Millwood.
“We are going to throw some wrinkles at them and see what happens,” he said.
Perkins completed its first undefeated regular season this year, and the club can make history again by winning its first state championship in girls basketball. The Lady Demons were state runners-up in 1997.
“This bunch still has something to prove,” Burnett said. “We got to take another step and win tomorrow.”