The Jayettes (4-5, 0-4) made a pit stop in Winterset (3-5, 2-2) Tuesday, Jan. 7 for more Raccoon River Conference action. Despite a 54-51 loss, there was still cause for celebration.


Senior Molly Lutmer crossed career 1,000 points as she lit up the board for 27 points against the Huskies. The milestone is yet another highlight of the senior’s season after committing to the University of Sioux Falls in December when she also dropped 38 points, the ninth-highest performance in the state this season.


Lutmer’s prowess kept Perry in contention despite Winterset leading by 12 points in the second half.


Her performance, along with Jayna Kenney’s 12 rebounds and eight points, were cause for the surge. Kenney keeps plugging away in the paint as she continues to build her rebounding empire in the RRC. That was enough to take the conference lead with 7.4 rebounds per game.


Right behind Kenney in rebounds this season, freshman Lydia Olejniczak contributed seven points, as did Kennedy Tunink.


Contributions from Lutmer et al were also key early in the game as the Jayettes led the first quarter 14-11 to kickoff the overall improvement compared to last year’s game.


The Jayettes hosted Winterset last season for a 47-25 loss to drop to 1-9 on the season. Now the team is flirting with a winning record and came within a possession of reversing fortunes.


Perry’s loss breaks the team’s pattern of alternating wins and losses. For the first time this season the Jayettes have a losing streak and are now below .500 as well. They can remedy that with an upset win Friday at home against Ballard (9-1, 4-0).