WINTERSET — Perry made the most of a trip through driving sleet to Madison County Jan. 10 by claiming a pair of Raccoon River Conference cage victories, with the Jayettes posting a 55-41 triumph while the Bluejays tallied a 58-49 win.
The Winterset girls traditionally play a packed-in 2-3 zone defense and tried to do so again last Friday, largely in an attempt to deny entry passes to Claire Marburger. That left outside shots open, which worked in Julie Diw’s favor as the lone Jayette senior finished with four 3-pointers en route to scoring 15 points.
The Huskies were also unable to stop Marburger, who shot 9-of-17 from the floor and 9-of-11 from the foul line to post a game-high 27 points.
Perry held only a 29-27 advantage at the intermission, but managed to open a 40-35 lead after three periods. The slow widening of the gap continued throughout the fourth quarter as the Jayettes went on to post the victory, with an 18-of-23 (78 percent) effort at the charity stripe helping to secure the win.
Maggie Lowe added nine points and Grace Marburger four as only four Jayettes entered the scorebook. Lowe finished with six assists and three steals, with Grace Marburger adding four assists.
Winterset guard Mariah Criswell — like Claire Marburger and Lowe an all-state player — led the hosts with 18 points while making three assists while Darby Messerschmitt finished with 10 points.
The Bluejays received 13 points from Will Whiton and nine from Shammond Ivory and six from Ben Daniels in the first half as the guests took control of their contest from the opening moments.
Perry grabbed a 17-12 lead after one period of play and then outscored the Huskies 20-12 in the second period to post a 37-24 edge at the half.
Winterset trimmed their deficit to seven points with six minutes to play and closed to within 52-48 with three minutes remaining but did not score after that as Perry pulled away for the win despite hitting just 6-of-15 foul shots after the break.
Whiton finished with 21 points and Ivory with 15, with Daniels adding eight points. Alex Long had five points and Cavan Finn four, with Ryan Rathje tallying three points and Scott James two.
Matt Baur scored 13 points off the bench to lead Winterset, which received 10 points from Austin Motsinger and nine each from both Jaxon Nordstrom and Grant Williams.