Perry cagers drop home sets to Carroll, Greene County

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The Perry Bluejays remain in search of their first win of the season after three losses in three days. Photo courtesy Doug Wood.

Playing for the fourth time in five days is never easy. Having to face an undefeated team and another with plenty of firepower only adds to challenge.

Such was the uphill task facing the Perry hoopsters, who hosted Carroll Friday after playing at Saydel Monday, at Carlisle Tuesday, and hosting Greene County Thursday. Carroll defeated Perry, 88-13, in boys action and 70-25 in girls play Dec. 11 and recorded another pair of lopsided wins Friday in the PHS gym.

Perry (0-11, 0-8) fell into a 25-2 hole after eight minutes of play in falling to Carroll (12-0, 11-0) in the boys game after suffering a 66-29 setback in the girls contest. The win lifted the Tiger girls to 7-overall and 5-6 in Raccoon River Conference play while the Jayettes fell to 2-12 and 0-10.

The Bluejays found themselves trailing, 45-8, after two frames, and with Carroll starters playing at least part of the third quarter faced a 62-13 deficit with eight minutes remaining.

Each team made two 3-pointers, but Perry made only five two-point baskets while Carroll connected on 26.

Sincere Johnson had nine points for Perry, with June Rey Riesberg adding four points, Caden Steva three and Holden Smith two.

Ethan Lengeling had 11 points, Colby Christensen and Tory Feldman nine apiece and Treyton Goins eight for the Tigers. Logan Fricke provided seven points, Kaleb Booth and Nick Mocke each had six points, with four points apiece from Emmanuel Jioklow and Caden Kock and three from Everett Sampson filling out the Tiger score sheet.

The Jayettes were quickly behind the proverbial eight-ball in their game as well, trailing 20-5 after one quarter and 38-12 at intermission.

Lydia Olejniczak continues to lead the way for the Jayettes, with the sophomore guard scoring 15 points. Jayna Kenney added five points and Michelle Tobar four, with two points apiece from Kathryn West and Phoebe Stewart and a Kennedy Tunink free throw accounting for the Perry offense.

Kennedy Lein led the Tigers with 17 points, with Ella Collison adding 11 and both Laura Sweeney and Hannah Jorgensen nine. Shay Sinnard had six points and Kelsie Reicks five, with four players providing two points and one player one.

Perry was coming off a Thursday non-conference set with Greene County, a game rescheduled from earlier in the season. The Rams (4-8) defeated the Bluejays, 71-38, with the guests a 36-29 winner over the hosts in the girls game.

The Jays were within a run of closing the gap in their game, trailing 31-17 at the break, but a 35-9 third quarter from the Rams put the game away.

Jordan Ochoa and Brandon Mahler had six points apiece, with June Rey Riesberg and Sincere Johnson each scoring five points. Caden Steva tallied four points, with Drake Levan, Matthew Booker, Kaleb Lyddon, and Omar Jaimes all scoring three points apiece.

Richard Daugherty has 26 points, seven rebounds and seven steals for Greene County, with Bryce Stalder adding 24 points, five boards and five thefts. Caden Telleen had seven points, Max Riley five, Jackson Morton four, Braydon Roberts three, and Zach Goff two.

Perry held a 9-3 lead after the first quarter of the opener, with the Rams rallying to take a 19-15 advantage into the locker room. The lead grew to 31-23 after three frames, with the Jayettes unable to close the gap.

Lydia Olejniczak drained four treys en route to 15 points, with Jayna Kenney adding a triple as part of an 11-point effort. Two points from Kennedy Tunink and one from Phoebe Stewart closed the scoring.

Brianna Habben had 11 points and Makala Kafer 10 for Greene County. Brianna Osterson tallied eight points, Lily Muir three and Natalie Heupel and Emma Hoyle two points apiece.

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