If basketball teams received grades for their first quarter efforts, then both the Bluejays and Jayettes would’ve recorded “A’s” during Friday night’s Raccoon River Conference contests.
However, wins are not earned in quarters. This was the unfortunate case for Perry’s basketball squads on Feb. 8.
At Bondurant-Farrar, the Jayettes (1-19, 0-13) were looking to record their first and last RRC win this season.
Standing in their way were the host Lady Jays (11-9, 6-7), who eventually spoiled Perry’s plan with a 58-23 result.
The Jayettes head coach Skylar Wolf hoped his team would’ve earned the win, but like he’s done all season, he looked at the positives.
“I tried to keep the mentality of ‘how do you want to end your regular season?’” Wolf said. “If you’re going to do something do it to the fullest of your ability - end the regular season on a high note.”
His team began the night with some solid defense as they held the host to just 13 points, while the offense kept it close with seven. It all changed in the second quarter when the home team’s offense outpaced their guests 21-6.
After the half, the Jayettes offensive struggles continued when they were outscored by 10 in a 12-2 third.
Perry kept the fourth quarter close with some smart defensive plays that allowed just 13 points to their eight.
Their defensive presence, plus their ability to execute some basketball fundamentals, gave their head coach a reason to be excited.
“Toward the end of the game, we saw moments and I thought it was a little better,” Wolf said. “The second half we boxed out a little better. We just were in a hole at halftime that it was hard to overcome.”
Perry junior Molly Lutmer had a solid game with 13 points off five field goals. Three of her scores came from beyond the arc.
“Molly had a nice game bouncing back after a tough time scoring against Boone,” Wolf said.
Freshman Jayna Kenney added five, senior Gabby West had three and freshman Peyton Tunink scored two points.
The final result may have been the same for Perry’s Bluejays (0-18, 0-13) who right before the half, were essentially within striking distance.
Against Bondurant-Farrar (9-10, 4-19) the visitors were only down by three, 16-13 after one, and saw a possible comeback after a 12-11 second quarter that favored the host.
It was a different ball game after the half with Bondurant-Farrar producing a 14-6 third. They closed out the game in the fourth on a 20-4 run. The final score was 62-34.
Head coach Aaron Lyons said Brendan Ivory had a solid game and ended up with 16 points. Keghan West had 12 points and 8 rebounds. June Rey Reisberg came off the bench and had 5 points and 2 steals.
“Obviously we want to win, that’s the goal, but playing hard and competitive is the key,” Lyons said. “(The) kids worked hard and gave maximum effort.”
The two losses ensured that both squads remained winless in conference play.
It is now on to the postseason for the Jayettes, who travel to Boone on Feb. 13 for first-round regional action.
The boys head to North Polk on Feb. 12 and then finish off their regular season on Feb. 14 when they face Creston High School.