The Bluejays (0-11, 0-10) continue their search for their first win of the season after suffering their 11th straight loss, this time at the hands of fellow Raccoon River Conference opponents the Boone Toreadors (6-5, 2-4).
While remaining winless to start the season isn’t any coaches goal, Perry’s head coach Aaron Lyons isn’t letting that deter him.
In their latest road contest at Boone on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Bluejays saw a close first half contest take a 180-degree turn and abruptly end in a 71-32 game.
“The last three games we have played a tremendous first half and have come out flat the third quarter,” Lyons said. “We have shown we can compete with teams but it’s going to take effort, energy and attention to detail all 32 minutes.”
Lyons’ assessment of his team could be observed throughout the first half of Tuesday’s contest with his team standing toe-to-toe with their host.
After one quarter it was still anyone’s ball game with the Bluejays only down by two at 12-10.
The Bluejays managed to keep the deficit to single digits -seven- after the second quarter where they were outscored 14-9.
It all changed in the third when the Bluejays were outscored 22-5 and then 23-8 in the final eight minutes.
The lopsided loss doesn’t discourage the Perry head coach, who continued to sing praises about his players’ performances.
“Very proud of the kids, they work hard every day and give it all they have,” Lyons said.
Perry’s Brendan Ivory led his squad with 22 points and 6 rebounds while Avery Meister had 4 points and 5 rebounds. Three other players contributed scores.
“The biggest thing is when we have such an inexperienced (we return the least amount of stats in Iowa) team, we have to keep them thinking about the end goal,” Lyons said. “Yes everyone wants to win now. But that’s not how it happens. We have to take the losses and learn from them. Continue to get better every day.”
Perry will look for that elusive first win this Friday, Jan. 11 when they welcome into town fellow birds from Bondurant-Farrar.