The second half of the basketball season began in winning fashion for both Perry teams Tuesday as they swept to a pair of Raccoon River Conference victories over ADM.
The Bluejays snapped a six-game skid with a 67-61 win in the boys contest, which came after the fifth-ranked Jayettes dominated the second half of play in their game en route to a 56-36 triumph.
The boys contest was tightly played throughout, with neither team able to pull away from the other until only a few minutes remained on the game clock.
ADM held a 16-15 lead after one quarter and looked to take a three-point lead into the intermission until Will Whiton buried a long 3-pointer just before the horn to send the teams to their locker rooms tied at 26-all.
Six points from Shammond Ivory and triples from Cavan Finn and Alex Long sparked Perry in the third quarter, but ADM was able to counter with five points from Kyle Ferguson and key buckets from Jackson Ver Woert to keep the game close, with the hosts leading, 44-43, entering the final stanza.
Ivory and Whiton each landed treys to help Perry open a 52-45 gap, but Ver Woert hit a 3-pointer and Logan Essy scored twice to trim the Tiger deficit to 56-54.
Ivory scored the final two of his game-high 25 points to make it 58-54, with Whiton sinking 6-of-8 free three throws and Ben Daniels 3-of-4 at the line as the hosts kept the Tigers at bay down the stretch to pull out the victory.
Whiton finished with 19 points and Finn with eight for the Jays, with Daniels, Blake Lansing and Scott James adding four points apiece and Long three. Daniels led the team with 11 rebounds, James tallied three blocks and Perry took good care of the ball, committing just 11 turnovers.
Essy had 14 points for ADM, with Joseph Sloss adding 11 points and Ver Woert 10.
The Jayettes opened their game with a 7-0 run, but ADM closed to within 14-10 after eight minutes of action and eventually grabbed a 15-14 lead. Amy Marckres scored eight of her 11 points for the hosts in the first half, which ended with Perry holeding a 22-21 advantage.
The Tigers had contained Claire Marburger in the first half, but the junior all-stater broke loose after the intermission, scoring 18 of her game-high 26 points in the span.
A Maggie Lowe 3-pointer put Perry in front for good, at 29-27, with a Julie Diw basket and seven Marburger points pushing the Jayettes into a 38-29 lead after three quarters.
ADM struggled to score against Perry’s tight defense, with the Jayettes denying all but a handful of second-chance shots. Perry hit just 1-of-11 3-point shots but shot 18-of-35 inside the arc and knocked down 17-of-26 free throws.
Marburger and Lowe helped the lead swell to 47-34 with three minutes left and the Jayettes waltzed to the win from there.
In addition to 26 from Marburger and 11 from Marckres, Perry received 10 points from Lowe, five from Diw, three from Grace Marburger and a free throw from Emma Olejniczak. Markcres had nine rebounds and Lowe seven, with Lowe making 10 assists while Claire Marburger cleared seven boards and blocked three shots.
Madison Bertman had eight points and Sydney Bertman seven to lead ADM.
Perry visits Winterset tonight before hosting Roland-Story Saturday for a non-conference twinbill beginning at 1 p.m. Bondurant-Farrar visits Tuesday for "Military Appreciation Night." Veterans and current military personnel from both schools (along with one guest) will be admitted free to the games with mention of this special event, with fans are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue in tribute.