Second half woes doom both Perry teams in losses to Bondurant-Farrar

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Avery Meister collides with teammate Alex Morales while putting up a shot against Ogden earlier this season.

Visiting Bondurant-Farrar survived some of the better first halves of basketball played by both the Perry boys and girls cagers in claiming a pair of Raccoon River Conference games Friday.

The host Bluejays outscored the visiting Bluejays, 12-9, in the first quarter and were within four points, down 28-24 at the half of their game before collapsing offensively and falling, 62-37. The Jayettes found themselves in a 26-17 hole at the break and were within striking range, down 39-27, entering the fourth quarter before dropping a 54-30 decision.

Perry (0-12, 0-7) limited turnovers and took quality shots in grabbing an early lead against B-F (6-5, 3-4) in the boys game. The guests used an 11-2 run midway through the second quarter to try and pull away, but Perry fought back and entered the break down by just a 28-24 margin.

The third quarter was all B-F, as Perry repeatedly turned the ball over against a pressure defense. Easy baskets in transition were the result, with the visitors blowing the game open with a 16-7 run that moved the score to 44-31.

The hosts continued to both give the ball away and commit fouls as the game progressed, resulting in a fourth quarter deficit of 18-6 as the game steadily passed out of control.

Perry went to the foul line 11 times in the match, sinking five attempts, but B-F was the recipient of 27 tries from the stripe, from where they scored 21 points. A 12-of-15 run from the line in the first half kept the hosts from potentially putting the visitors in a difficult spot.

Brendan Ivory had 12 points and Keghan West 10 for Perry, with Kato Dougan, June Rey Reisberg and Alex Morales scoring three points apiece. Mario Cruz, Caden Steva and Avery Meister each scored two points for the home team.

Jordan Collins, Marquis George-Townes and Jalen Kruse paced B-F with 15, 13 and 10 points, respectively. Nathan Anderson had seven points, Mason Storey and Braden Miller six apiece, Cade Eichmeyer and Kyle Figenshaw two each and Ben Thulson one.

Molly Lutmer returned to her usual scoring form for the Jayettes to lead Perry with 17 points in their game, but she received little additional help, as no other player reached double-digits.

Taylor Berggren and Avery Fried scored 13 each for the Lady Jays (8-4, 4-3), with Riley Gilroy adding 10 points. Kaylee Seitzer had eight points, Katie Fogarty four, Casi Waterhouse three, Katie Tidman two and Mia Miller one.

Perry (1-13, 0-7) remained a threat through the third quarter, with Quinn Whiton scoring all five of her points and pulling down several rebounds in the frame to keep the hosts in range of the upset.

Hannah Peterson had four points for the hosts, with Gabby West adding three points and Jayna Kenney one.

Both Perry teams will have a rare Tuesday off next week and will not resume action until hosting Carlisle Friday.

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