Oklahoma high school girls basketball: Surber, Periman step up big as Tuttle's win streak grows to 13
TUTTLE — Hadley Periman didn’t waver as Blanchard’s best player drove down the lane towards her.
Instead, Periman used her 6-foot-3 frame to send the shot back. After the offensive rebound, the Blanchard Lion tried again from the other side of the basket, Periman again sent the shot back and this time gained possession. Looking up the court, Periman fired the ball to Madi Surber on the other end. Surber easily laid it up for the score.
Tuttle’s duo of Periman and Surber was pivotal in its 54-48 win over Blanchard at the Tuttle gymnasium on Tuesday night. The rivalry game victory gives Tuttle 13 consecutive wins this season.
“Whenever we play each other it’s always like that. It’s always close,” Tuttle coach Brian Lester said.
Stuck in a close battle for nearly the entire game, the Tigers pulled away in the third quarter as Periman and Surber led the way offensively and defensively.
“At halftime, I went and talked to my assistant and I said, ‘Let’s get Madi off the ball, she can be running and is a little more disruptive ’” Lester said. “And she makes me look like a genius and I was like, ‘Maybe I should have done that earlier.’ She was able to get some steals.”
Surber grabbed three steals while Periman blocked four shots to go along with their offensive output. Surber finished with 18 points and Periman followed her with 15.
It’s was a great outing for the two as the Tigers played without star forward Landry Allen, who sat with an injured ankle.
“Landry went down with a sprained ankle on Saturday so that was really our first game without her,” Lester said. “Our rotations were a little different but I was proud of our freshman Gracie Kopf. She did a good job stepping in.”
With the win over No. 10 Blanchard, No. 4 Tuttle improves to 14-1 on the season.