Perry girls, boys no match for ranked Ballard squads

Jayne Kenney attacks the Boone defense as Perry teammate Lydia Olejniczak awaits a possible pass Feb. 1. Photo submitted.

HUXLEY — The Perry boys basketball team returned from its second lengthy COVID-related pause Tuesday, with, unfortunately, second-ranked Ballard the first foe the Bluejays faced.

The result was a 90-9 thumping. The result would seem more of outlier where it not for the fact that the second-rated Bomber girls had defeated the visiting Jayettes, 67-15, in the opener. That result came after Ballard ripped host Perry, 71-7, Monday in a girls-only outing.

The Bluejays (0-12 overall, 0-9 in Raccoon River Conference play) scored six first quarter points, but trailed by 25 points at the end of the period. They faced a 57-9 halftime deficit and then was outscored, 33-0, in the final 16 minutes despite a continual clock.

Ballard (16-1, 13-1) played all 14 members of their roster, with 12 scoring. Ashton Hermann had 16 points, Mason Murphy 15, Kale Krogh 14, and Kade Miller 12 to lead the hosts.

Perry received four points from Jordan Ochoa, three from Matthew Booker, and two from Sincere Johnson.

The Ballard girls (18-1, 15-1) won Tuesday after opening leads of 18-4 after one frame and of 36-9 after two periods. Josie Fleischman led the 11 Bomber scorers with 14 points.

Lydia Olejniczak led Perry with six points. Michelle Tobar had three points, with Jayna Kenney, Kennedy Tunink, and Kathryn West scoring two points apiece.

Perry (2-18, 0-16) did not score Monday until Ballard had 38 points. The Jayettes trailed, 44-3, at the intermission, and 63-3 with eight minutes to play.

Olejniczak had the only made field goal for the hosts and finished with four points. Tunink added two points and Quinn Whiton one.

Fleischman had 14 points and Molly Ihle 11 for the guests, who had 11 of their 12 players enter the scoring column.


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