PERRY -- For fans of low-scoring, defensive basketball, Tuesday nights region clash between Mary Persons and Perry would not have been pleasant to watch.
But for those desiring to see both teams being able to impose their offensive will throughout the game, the on-court action was crowd-pleasing as the home standing Panthers prevailed with a 93-84 win.
I dont like those kind of ballgames, Perry head coach Brett Hardy said. Id rather the other team have 50 or 60 (points).
Perry improves to 13-6 overall and 7-2 in GHSA Region 2-AAAA. The Panthers entered Tuesday in a three-way tie for first place in the region with Veterans and Rutland.
Perrys backcourt tandem of KJ Smith and Rantravious Napier gave Mary Persons problems throughout the game. Smith scored 35 points, draining four 3-pointers with all of Napiers points coming from behind the 3-point line.
Hes been steady for us all year long, Hardy said of Smith. You can really spread the defense out when you have a shooter who can play like that.
Mary Persons (9-9, 2-7) presented Perry with defensive headaches as well. The Bulldogs not only did their share of damage from long range, draining eight 3-pointers, but also found success driving to the paint and hitting short jumpers.
Tra Taylor scored 27 for Mary Persons and Demarcus Davis had 19. Dre Evans and Trey Weaver also added 14.
Led by a monstrous scoring effort from KeKe Calloway, the Mary Persons girls coasted to a 63-43 win, taking a big lead from the outset and not looking back.
The Bulldogs led 19-3 after a quarter and prevented the Panthers from reaching double figures in scoring until the final two minutes of the first half.
Calloway scored 35 to lead Mary Persons.