The Perry boys basketballers made an early lead stand up in recording a 49-41 win over Boone Tuesday while the Jayette cagers fell, 56-29, to the one-win Toreadors.
The victory was the first Raccoon River Conference triumph for the Bluejays since a 70-62 win over ADM Jan. 26, 2018, snapping a 21-game league skid. The Jayettes, unfortunately, saw their RRC winless span reach 18 games, dating to a 52-46 win over Bondurant-Farrar, Feb. 9, 2018.
Perry moved their record to 2-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play while keeping Boone winless at 0-8 and 0-5. The Perry girls fell to 4-6 and 0-5 while Boone rose to 2-9 and 1-4.
Brandon Ivory and Keghan West sparked the Perry boys to the win. Ivory scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the first half while West pulled down 14 rebounds in a 12-point effort. Seven points from Kato Dougan and a Chase Archer free throw were the only other points from a Perry player.
The hosts opened a 15-9 lead after one quarter and held a 31-20 advantage at the half. The lead stood at 41-33 entering the fourth stanza, but a Boone run closed the gap to four points, where it remained for several minutes until the final 90 seconds of play, when Perry was able to salt away the victory.
Perry sank six 3-pointers (Ivory had four, West and Dougan one apiece) but struggled at the foul line. The Jays hit just 8-of-18 at the stripe in the second half to finish 11-of-22 on free throws while the Toreadors were 5-of-9 in the game.
Tate Sandvig (12 points), Ryan Hulse (10) and Qyali Sporaa (7) and Nathan Winter (7) led the visitors. Evan Behn added three points and Marcus McPartland two to close the Boone scoring.
Perry faced only a 14-10 deficit after eight minutes of action in the opener, but Boone outscored the hosts 22-5 in the second frame for a 36-15 halftime edge, then used a 16-4 third period to open a 52-19 gulf.
The Jayettes struggled to rebound the ball and were sloppy possessing the ball as well, committing an unofficial 28 turnovers in being held to their second-lowest output of the season.
Sixteen points from Molly Lutmer, 10 from Lydia Olejniczak, two from Ashley Cerna and one from Hannah Peterson accounted for Perry’s offense.
Boone received 18 points from Emma Dighton, 13 from Morgan Kathman and 10 from Emmy Lewis. Katie Winter provided six points, Zoey Hightshoe four, Ashley Behrendt three and Emily Ades two.