Asjah Harrell scored Perry’s first five points. She also scored 20 in all. All told, she helped lead the Lady Panthers to a 49-25 win over Howard Friday at home.
Her first two buckets – a put-back and a 3-pointer – gave Perry a 5-2 lead midway into the first quarter of the ballgame. With a basket and free throw by Davina Brown (7 points) and a free throw from Laneshia Tucker (6 points), the Lady Panthers led 9-4 after one.
It was 22-5 by the time the second quarter came to an end and 37-10 heading into the fourth. (Harrell had 12-straight points at one point early in the third.)
Speaking of scoring points, Chasidy Coleman had all of the Lady Huskies’ until just before the third came to a close. She finished with13.
It was a win Perry needed badly. It had lost four straight, all to Region 2-AAAA opponents. The victory put the girls at 5-3 – third – 11-8 overall. Howard fell to 1-7, 4-16.
Despite their best effort, the Panthers fell in the nightcap 86-77. It took double overtime to make that happen.
In fact, Perry started the game trailing 14-0. By the end of one, it had closed to within single digits, 18-9. It kept it close from there, trailing 30-23 at the half and 43-39 after three.
The Panthers finally tied it, 43-43, less than a minute into the fourth. From there it was back-and-forth and 58-all at the end of regulation.
Perry would have won it at the end of the extra period if not for a trey at the buzzer that put it at 70 apiece.
Howard then opened the second overtime with the first eight points to which the Panthers were unable to overcome.
Elsewhere, Northside’s girls and boys were swept by Valdosta on the road. The boys fell 67-63. That left them in a place where no team wants to be – fifth in the Region 1-AAAAAA standings at 1-5, 4-16. The Wildcats in turn moved up to fourth. They are 1-4, 10-10.
The Lady Eagles were short just by a point, 50-49. A win would have put them in a tie in the standings with Valdosta. A loss put them two games out, 4-2, 12-7 – the Lady Wildcats now 5-0, 19-2.