Perry cagers record sweep of visiting Saydel

Bluejays win on Brendan Ivory free throw in waning seconds after Jayettes blow out Eagles

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Perry's Brendan Ivory eyes the ADM defense earlier this season as Keghan West (33) looks to set a screen. Ivory sank a free throw in the final seconds to lift Perry over visiting Saydel Monday.

Perry needed all 36 of Brendan Ivory’s points Monday to post a 54-53 win over Saydel in non-conference boys basketball action.

Ivory hit the second of two free throws in the waning seconds to help carry Perry (3-6) past Saydel (1-9) in the nightcap. The win followed a 62-22 landslide win for the Jayettes (5-6) and gave Perry their first sweep on the home floor since both teams toppled Bondurant-Farrar, Jan. 13, 2017.

Ivory’s 23-point per game average is fifth-best in Class 3A. He scored 14 points in the first half and 22 in the second, draining five 3-pointers and finishing 11-of-17 at the stripe.

Perry was almost undone by continued poor shooting from the foul line. The team entered the game converting just 45 percent of their attempts and finished just 13-of-24, but Saydel could not take advantage, hitting only 11 of their 19 tries at the line.

The Bluejays were off fast, quickly grabbing an 11-0 lead. The advantage swiftly disappeared, as the Eagles roared back to lead, 17-15, after the first period. All four of Saydel’s converted 3-pointers landed in the first half, helping the Eagles enter the locker room with a 31-25 lead.

The guests led, 41-38, as the fourth quarter began, but the hosts slowly began to fight off a suddenly cold offense that was relying almost exclusively on Ivory.,

A Kato Dougan free throw and two clutch treys from Chase Archer helped put Perry in position for the win, which Ivory secured by splashing the second of two tries with only a few seconds remaining. A wild 3-point try from the guests at the horn was well off the mark, giving the Jays consecutive wins for the first time since the final game of 2017 and first of 2018.

Keghan West had seven points for the Jays and Archer six, with Jordan Long adding three and Dougan two.

Camden Lo (20) and Dakota Ellsworth (16) led Saydel, with Dallas Hicks adding six points, Nick Garrison and Cal Gebhart five apiece and Kobe Moriarity one.

The Eagles (0-12) managed to stay within range after one period of the girls game, trailing only 12-10 after eight minutes.

At that point the Perry offense took over, outscoring their guests 18-3 to open a 30-13 halftime gulf. Eight minutes later the margin stood at 52-19, with a continual clock operating.

Perry reserves saw plenty of action in the second half and managed to widen the gap for the hosts, with several playing well in rare varsity action.

Molly Lutmer went off for 31 points, sinking six 3-pointers and converting 3-of-4 free throws in the process. Lutmer is fifth in 4A in per game scoring at 21.3 and leads the class in free throw accuracy among those attempting at least 30 shots at 36-of-39 (92.3 percent).

Lydia Olejniczak had 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Jayettes, with Jayna Kenney adding nine points, Ainsley Marburger five and Michelle Tobar and Lanie Fish two each.

Ten Saydel players scored, with five points from Emily Lowe and four from Vanessa Garton leading the way.

Perry is at Bondurant-Farrar tonight in a Raccoon River Conference set postponed from Friday, with a trip to RRC foe Carlisle scheduled for Friday.

Perry head coach Skylar Wolf presents senior Molly Lutmer with a ceremonial game ball and plaque honoring her recent passing of the 1,000 career point plateau. Photo courtesy Perry schools.

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