David couldn’t quite slay Goliath in the first round of the Bertha Frank Teague Mid-America Classic Thursday afternoon inside the Kerr Activities Center. But it was close.
Class 4A Perkins-Tryon got 16 points from sophomore Alice Stevenson and held off Class B Hammon 48-43.
Perkins advanced to tonight’s semifinal action opposite the Byng-Cashion winner at 8 p.m. tonight, while Hammon will meet the loser of that first-round contest at 4:30 p.m.
The remaining first-round results of the Mid-America Classic, sponsored by Vision Bank, were not available at press time.
The Lady Demons led by nine early in the fourth quarter after a basket by Colie Larson put her team ahead 43-34. But Hammon wouldn’t go away.
Kenedie Walker, who struggled shooting most of the night, hit a 3-pointer with less than a minute left in the game to get the Lady Warriors within 46-41.
After a missed free throw by Perkins, Hammon got two good looks from 3-point territory, but neither shot fell.
Larson sank a free throw with 34 seconds left, but Hammon’s Halee Morris got free inside for a bucket that made it 47-43 with 16.1 ticks left.
Stevenson hit one of two free shots just two seconds later to account for the final point of the contest.
After a back-and-forth first period, Perkins led by as many as eight in the second quarter. When Larson drilled a 3-pointer at the 3:07 mark if the period, the Lady Demons were on top 22-14.
Avery Wilson buried a 3-pointer just before the end of the period to get the Lady Warriors within 26-20 at halftime.
The Lady Demons scored the first six points of the third period to extend their lead to 32-20 on a 3-pointer by Larson — who scored 11 points — and a basket inside and a free throw by Stevenson.
Hammon clawed its way back and after a 3-pointer by Meghan Morton to end the third quarter and a putback by Morris to start the fourth frame, the Lady Warriors had climbed to within 39-34 with 6:29 left.
Perkins-Tryon also got 13 points and a game-high nine rebounds from Kycen Dunivan.
Morton and Morris scored 11 points apiece to pace Hammon, while Morgan Miller added eight points and six rebounds. Morton also added six boards for the Lady Warriors.
Perkins hit just 7-of-16 free throws in the contest, while Hammon hit 7-of-12.