Perkins-Tryon hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the final buzzer to hand Meeker’s Lady Bulldogs a heartbreaking 52-51 loss Tuesday night.
Clinging to a 51-49 lead, Meeker was called for a controversial backcourt violation with 2.2 seconds remaining. The Lady Demons inbounded the ball and banked in a desperation triple.
Perkins-Tryon, winner of last weekend’s 66 Conference Tournament, came into the match with a flawless 18-0 record and a lofty No. 2 ranking in Class 3A, but the 15th-ranked Lady Bulldogs gave them everything they could stand and more.
“We are young and growing and playing well at the right time of the year,” MHS head coach Lisa Pettitt said of her team, which dropped to 13-5 on the season.
P-T’s McKenzie Stanford and Meeker’s Cortney Edmonds were locked in a furious scoring duel, each scoring 24 points.
Edmonds scored half of her points from beyond the arc, where she was 4-for-5. Edmonds also led Meeker in rebounds (11) and assists (5) while going 10-of-20 from the field.
Lady Bulldog Mariah Stansell added 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting.
Perkins-Tryon’s Bailey Wensler was the only other player in double-figure scoring, with a baker’s dozen.
In the late match, the Demons jumped out to a 19-point halftime lead and coasted to a 71-57 win over the Bulldogs.
P-T’s Caleb White led all scorers with 23, overcoming a 21-point night from Meeker’s Caleb Schilling.
White’s sidekicks Hayden McBride and Travis Cotton pitched in 17 and 10 points, respectively.
A 21-14 run in the third quarter helped Meeker cut the deficit to 12, but that was as close as the Bulldogs would come.
Levi Keel added 11 points for Meeker, which fell to 6-12 on the season.
Both Meeker squads will head to Stroud Friday for dates with the Tigers.
Note: Report compiled by Chuck Porter.