Carlisle takes both ends of RRC set from host Perry

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Perry junior guard Kennedy Tunink handles the ball at the top of the key during Friday's game with visiting Carlisle.


A day after a double-victory, Perry saw the script reversed as both the Bluejays and Jayettes fell victim to Carlisle in Raccoon River Conference action.

Perry trimmed a 12-point deficit to just four in the final frame but could not complete the comeback in falling, 41-33, in the boys game while the hosts fell into a deep hole early and could never recover in dropping the opener, 75-41.

The Bluejays (1-3, 0-2) fell slightly behind the Wildcats (1-3, 1-1) and stayed there throughout their meeting. Carlisle led, 14-6, after one frame, but Perry closed to within 23-20 at the break. The guests had threatened to create a larger bulge, but a pair of 3-pointers from June Reisberg helped pull the hosts to withing striking range.

An offensive lull allowed the Wildcats to open a 33-21 lead midway through the third quarter, but Perry again managed a mini-rally to trim their deficit to 33-27 entering the fourth frame.

Cold shooting down the stretch doomed the home team, as six consecutive scoreless possessions helped Carlisle turn a 35-31 edge into a 39-31 lead, with Perry adding a final basket before the visitors were allowed to run out the clock.

Reisberg and Brendan Ivory had 10 points apiece for Perry, with Keghan West adding five points, Kato Dougan four, Chase Archer three and Avery Meiseter one.

Hayden Amos had 13 points and Nate Norton 11 for the guests, with Caleb Wenthe tallying nine points, Tyson Guard four and Cole Osterhaus and Jace Vollstedt two apiece.

Carlisle (2-3, 1-1) controlled the girls game from the outset, with a harassing defense forcing numerous turnovers as the Wildcats built a 19-4 advantage after eight minutes.

Perry (3-3, 0-2) simply could not string passes together and struggled to bring the ball up the court and then try to find open shots. The hosts trailed, 42-20, at the half and were outscored, 23-8, in the third quarter to fall behind, 65-28, with eight minutes still to play.

Lydia Olejniczak led the Jayettes with 13 points, with Molly Lutmer adding 12. Hannah Peterson contributed seven points, Jayna Kenney five and Ashley Cerna four.

Molly Hoekstra nailed five 3-pointers as part of her game-high 29 points. Kennedy Preston had 12 points and Katie Keeney 10, with Sydney Berg adding seven points and Isabelle Noring six. Three points apiece from Aubrey Furnal, Amelia Sinclair and Meadeau Spieker, and two points from Delaney Schnathorst closed the Carlisle scoring ledger.

Both Perry teams will step out of conference to host Ogden Monday, with a trip to ADM Thursday wrapping the pre-holiday portion of their schedule.

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