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GRAFORD – Sometimes it takes just a little something to kick in to take you to victory.
Perrin suffered a tough road loss Friday night in Bryson and was locked in another tight road game here Tuesday evening. Down at the half, the Lady Pirates began to turn things around offensively and buried some clutch free throws down the stretch to pull out a 39-34 victory at Rabbit Gym.
Perrin is now 3-1 in district play. Graford slips to 2-2. Perrin Coach Taina MacAulay said the squad was able to convert some shots down low they missed in the first half.
“We missed a ton of layups in the first half,” McAulay explained. “Against Bryson, we were having to adjust our shot with their big posts. I told them not to do that and just put it up and see what happens.
Perrin still had shooting woes in the game, converting just 21 percent (compared to Graford’s 25 percent from the field.) The visitors had just one free throw in the first 3:30 of the third frame. Buckets from Jaime Anderson, Kamryn Staggs and Nayeli Lopez were able to stem the tide and brought the squad from a four-point deficit to a four-point lead, 27-23, entering the fourth quarter.
Kelli Tucker extended the lead to six, the biggest for either team to that point 20 seconds into the final quarter. Graford would not go quietly, however, with buckets from Chelsie Baldwin, Carolina Torres, and Kirsten Glover to cut the deficit in half.
Free throws from Glover and Torres cut the lead to 35-33 with 2:38 to go. It would be as close as the Rabbits would get, as free throws from Anderson and Tucker would enable the Lady Pirates to hold on and get the win.
As was the case vs. Bryson, Perrin appeared intimidated by some of Graford’s size as well, the Rabbits able to do a good job on the boards. Torres and Glover buckets off rebounds were able to put the Rabbits up 9-5.
Perrin tried outside shooting to get back into the game but needed a Tucker three-pointer and basket to take an 11-9 lead early in the second. Perrin began to be more aggressive defensively, allowing Graford just two shots in the first three minutes of the second.
Torres got the hot hand again with a basket and free throws to take a 15-13 lead in the final minute. Jasmine Brown’s bucket at the buzzer would cut the deficit to 18-16 at the half.
Tucker had 15 and Anderson 10 points for Perrin. Torres and Glover each had 12 points for Graford.