Bryson girls win in Perrin
PERRIN – Hustling will get you a lot in life. Be it in the workplace ... or the basketball court.
With his squad getting a battle from the host Lady Pirates Tuesday night, Bryson Girls Basketball Coach Gary Kirby told his squad to keep hustling ... and the turnovers and mistakes of the first half would go away.
The mentor was right, as the Cowgirls kept playing their game and the turnovers and missed free throws became a thing of the past. That allowed the visitors to pull away and post a 45-35 victory in District 21-A action.
Bryson goes to 6-2 with the win with Perrin slipping to 4-4.
The Cowgirls could have easily doubled their six-point halftime lead if they had simply made their free throws. Bryson was 2-11 at the line in the first half.
The Cowgirls were also frustrated by a Perrin press that resulted in bad passes and several turnovers in the first two quarters. Bryson had a hot streak in the first quarter, making its last five shots with Maddee Moore, Kyla Jones, Sydney Davidson and Brinkley Richardson doing the honors to help the Cowgirls take a 13-6 lead after one.
Bryson pushed the lead into double figures early in the second quarter but with Perrin’s press getting buckets from Ashton Sims, the Lady Pirates got within six twice. Kaylie Anderson’s banker of a three-pointer just before the buzzer would bring the hostesses within 22-16 at the half.
Perrin was unable to take advantage of the turnovers, shooting just 20 percent from the field in the first half (4-10) and going 7-12 from the free throw line. Kelli Tucker’s three-pointer would get Perrin within three early in the third quarter.
Bryson needed more than three minutes to get on the board in the second half but used a Davidson bucket to do so. The bucket seemed to ignite the visitors, who then used a Richardson three-pointer and a pair of Moore buckets to once again get the lead into double figures at 31-21.
Bryson would miss its last three shots of the frame but still led 32-23 as the fourth quarter started. Kayleigh Pippin’s three-point play gave the Cowgirls their biggest lead at 13 two minutes into the fourth quarter.
Perrin used buckets from Sims and Anderson to get within 10 but the Lady Pirates would get no closer.
Richardson and Moore each had 11 points and Davidson 10 for Bryson. Anderson had nine with Tucker and Sims adding seven each for Perrin.