Class 3A girls basketball: Sulphur caps perfect season with win over Perkins-Tryon

The Lady Bulldogs capped off a perfect season Saturday and captured the school's first state championship in girls basketball by downing Perkins-Tryon, 42-34, in the Class 3A title game.
by Ed Godfrey Published: March 9, 2013
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photo - Sulpher celebrates their win over Perkins-Tyron following the 3A girls state high school basketball championship at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Sulpher celebrates their win over Perkins-Tyron following the 3A girls state high school basketball championship at the State Fair Arena in Oklahoma City, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“The 9-2 run killed us,” Perkins-Tryon coach Jerry Burnett said. “We came out scared and that was the margin right there that got us beat. You got to come out and play and we didn't do that. That was the game right there.”

The Lady Demons made some runs at Sulphur, getting as close as five points (37-32) with 2:40 left in the game on Bailey Wensler's 3-pointers.

But Sulphur was able to keep the Lady Demons at bay, playing keep-away and forcing Perkins-Tryon to foul in the final two minutes. The Lady Bulldogs scored their final five points from the free throw line.

“We knew if they got the lead, they would pull it out on us and that's what they did,” Burnett said. “We knew they couldn't stop us inside but we didn't go inside the whole first quarter.”

Hughes was 5-of-5 from the free-throw line in the game. The senior guard also had five rebounds and three assists.

Gorham, an Oklahoma Christian University signee, had 13 points and six rebounds.

“We just hated the feeling we had in that last game last year,” Todd said. “We just harped on finish, finish, finish.”

On Sulphur's first day of practice Oct. 1, Todd had each of his players climb a ladder and help cut down the net.

“I said, ‘Girls, we are going to start the season the way we are going to finish the season,' ” he said.

“To see this come full circle since that first day, is just an awesome, awesome feeling.”

by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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