Jayettes hoping to carry momentum into second half of season

Jayette cagers Mariah Duffy (2), Victoria Hegstrom (4), Emma Olejniczak, Anna Lansing, Alyssa Kruger, Grace Marburger and Isabel Saemisch (34) ham it up at halftime of their game against Carroll Dec. 18. Friday's boys and girls games with Winterset have been declared "Coaches vs. Cancer" contests.

The primary note played during 2015 portion of their season could have been a four-game skid, but the Perry girls cagers found the beat in the final week and enter January riding a three-game win streak.

Perry (4-5 overall, 1-2 in Raccoon River Conference play) will return to action Jan. 5 against ADM — who always seems to vex the Jayettes — and with a Jan. 8 trip to a re-structured Winterset.

The Jayettes have been most deadly at the start of each half in their seven games so far, scoring 97 points in the first quarter and 101 in the third, while 73 points have come in their second frames and 75 in the fourth.

Junior Grace Marburger leads the offense with a scoring clip of 13.8 points per game, with Taylor Lathrum adding 11.8 points per outing and Jo Diw 8.2 points each game. Marburger’s 29 assists is a team-high, with Mariah Duffy having distributed 21 assists through seven games.

Lathrum has caused problems for several teams with her size and physical play under the basket, with her 66 rebounds (7.3 rebounds per game) far and away a team-best. Victoria Hegstrom has 37 rebounds, with Emma Olejniczak and Marburger securing 33 caroms apiece.

Marburger (25-of-69, 36 percent) and Diw (8-of-21 (38 percent) have been the deadliest threats from 3-point land, with the former tying a school record by draining eight treys against Carroll Dec. 18.

Olejniczak has 18 assists and has made 15 steals, with Marburger credited with 19 steals. The team has 110 assists and 78 steals but is guilty of 152 total turnovers.

As a squad, Perry is shooting 30.8 percent from the field, a number which will need to increase if the team is to continue to compile wins. The Jayettes are hitting a low 47.7 percent at the foul line as well but are connecting on nearly 30 percent of 3-point shots.

The January schedule will test the Jayettes, as each Friday night contest — which always draw larger crowds — will be on the road. Perry will play three-of-four Tuesday games at home (the Jayettes have left Jan. 22 as an open date) and will host Roland-Story for a girls/boy varsity set Jan. 9.




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