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By Buck Ringgold

In both of Perry's play-in tournaments this month, each game went down to the wire.

And in both instances, the Lady Maroons found a way to win.

On Jan. 8, in a matchup between two highly ranked Class 3A squads, the Lady Maroons edged Jones, 40-39, to win the Wheat Capital Tournament in Enid. Exactly two weeks later, in the title game of the Cashion County Line Tournament, Perry did it again, getting a put-back shot from Josey West as time expired for a 38-36 win against 2A contender Dale.

"Both Dale and Jones were really good games that came down to the last possession," Perry Coach Paul Duncan said. "They were fun games to coach in."

As a state title contender, the Lady Maroons aren't short on options on each end of the court, starting with Braylee Dale, a senior who recently scored her 1,000th career point.

"She is a tough matchup for most teams," Duncan said. "She has been playing really well."

"Maebry Shields guards the other team's best player and also scores on the end, as she is a 40 percent 3-point shooter. Josey West has found her shooting touch since Christmas and makes game-winning plays for us, like the rebound and stick-back against Dale. Atlanta Ward doesn’t score much, but guards the other team's point guard and is probably our best defensive player."

Duncan added the team's catalyst may actually be a sophomore, Kennedy Hight.

"She is really playing well and having a good sophomore season," Duncan said. "She’s the straw that stirs the drink."

The Lady Maroons have kept winning since their tournament titles. Perry (15-2) has won five straight games and nine out of its last 10 after a 50-24 win against Newkirk on Tuesday and a 46-42 win Thursday against Riverside.

"Our team learned how to compete and win games last year and that experience is showing up for us this year in big games," Duncan said.

Perry returns to action on Monday at home against Pawnee.

Tuttle

Even being held to 20 points in one game hasn't deterred the Lady Tigers from continuing their march to defend their Class 4A state championship.

Tuttle was held to 20 points on Jan. 22 against Jones. But the Lady Tigers gave up 16 points, winning the Jones Tournament title with a 20-16 decision.

"Jones was interesting; they held the ball from the start," Tuttle coach Brian Lester said. "The first half was us playing chase, and we were able to create a few turnovers and get up 18-7 at halftime.

"I think we took six or seven shots the second half. They held it a bunch, and we didn't do a very good job of reacting to it at all. It exposed a few things we need to improve on which will help us as we move forward."

In the Lady Tigers' three previous games prior to playing Jones, they averaged 69 points in winning all three. Tuttle regained its offensive form on Tuesday with a 74-36 win against Blanchard.

"We went into the Jones Tournament and played okay, but never really got into any rhythm," Lester said. "But we played very well versus Blanchard.

"I am hoping if we can just continue to play games as we can start getting ready for the playoffs."

Tuttle (13-1) has also won 11 straight games since suffering its lone loss to Greenwood, Ark., in the Tournament of Champions in Fort Smith, Ark.

"It's kind of crazy, but it seems our five starters kind of take turns (in coming through)," Lester said. "Hadley Periman was MVP of our last two tournaments while Landry Allen and Madi Surber joined her on the All-Tournament teams.

"Allie Rehl and Storie Driver both continue to shoot near 50 percent from 3-point range. I think Storie is averaging a little more than eight points; Hadley, Madi and Allie are around 10-11 and Landry about 12-13. Landry has dominated defensively as well."

Tuttle traveled to play at Elgin on Friday and will return home this Tuesday to face Anadarko in a matchup between two top 15 ranked teams in 4A.

Ada

The Lady Cougars overcame a slew of turnovers and big deficits to post a huge road win on Tuesday.

Ada, ranked in the top 10 in 4A, went to McAlester on Tuesday and came away victorious with a 61-53 win against a Lady Buffaloes squad highly ranked in 5A.

The Lady Cougars trailed by 14 in the first half and still trailed by double digits, 39-28, early in the third quarter. But Ada scored 33 of the next 47 points to grab the road win.

Ada was still down by a sizable margin at the beginning of the fourth quarter, 48-39. But Lady Cougar freshman Sania Richardson scored two baskets, the later a three-point play, to ignite a 16-0 run that dramatically turned the game around.

Richardson had another three-point play, and Amaya Frizell scored the last six points in the run as Ada held a 55-48 advantage with less than three minutes to play.

For the game, Richardson led all scorers with 31 points and went 8-of-9 from the foul line while Frizell added 13 points, making all seven of her free-throw attempts. Ada was 17-of-18 from the line.

Tuesday's win also gave Ada (12-3) its eighth straight win. The Lady Cougars returned home Friday to face Shawnee and will travel to Hugo on Saturday.