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.