Another chapter of Perry high school basketball closed on Tuesday night when the Bluejays (5-17) were dealt a 68-56 loss in the first round of the Class 3A Substate 8.
“I was proud of the effort last night,” head coach Denny McDonnell said. “Keghan West stepped up and played well along with Tanner Duffy. “Two of the most improved kids on the team this year.”
The final game of the 2017-2018 season came on the road at Harlan on Feb. 20, against the host Cyclones (14-7) who blew away Perry’s chances of advancement with a 68-56 win.
“[Senior] Rashon Ivory proved once again he is unguardable one on one, which again shows why he was voted first team all conference,” McDonnell said.
Ivory finished the contest with a team leading 26 points including nine 3-pointers, and another nine from the free throw line.
In the opening quarter the Bluejays quelled many of host’s wind gusts when they held strong with 13 points while the Cyclones scored 16.
The second quarter played out similarly as the two teams’ defenses kept the other in check with the Cyclones finishing up by one point, 15-14.
After the half, the game turned the Cyclones way with the Bluejays’ defense unable to keep the deficit to four points when the home team outscored their guests 18-8.
There was no throwing in the towel for the road team who worked on chipping away at the 14 point lead but their 21-19 quarter wasn’t enough to circumvent the final result.
Duffy added 12 points while fellow senior Connor Nielsen, scored 10 points. Senior Drew Levan, sophomore Brendan Ivory and senior Michael Meyer combined for the team’s other eight points.