Jayette Basketball gains first win of the season

Libbie Randall - Sports
Molly Lutmer and Ainsley Marburger at home game against Greene County on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018. PHOTO BY LIBBIE RANDALL/THE PERRY CHIEF

Jayette basketball swept their opponents in the first win of the 2018 season when they hosted Greene County in an exciting double header. After four quarters of determined athleticism from the Perry Girls Basketball Team, the Jayettes alter their season record to 1-2 by defeating the Rams 44-29.

The evening started out with the varsity girls tipping of at 6 p.m. Ainsley Marburger was the first player to score by sinking a three-pointer less than two minutes into the first quarter. Soon after, Molly Lutmer made a layup that resulted in a foul at the hands of the Rams. The free throw was good and the Jayettes continued to soar ahead. The first Rams score of the game came with just 3:46 left in the first quarter. Marburger landed several more shots along with Lutmer to bring the score to 18-3 in favor of Perry.

Marburger continued to stand out through the second quarter with another three-pointer and several other baskets. At the end of the first half the Jayettes had a comfortable lead of 28-9.

“I thought we started off really really well. We knew that we would be able to force a lot of turnovers coming into this game,” Head Coach Skylar Wolf said. “Then I think we got kind of content with where we were at and we were fully satisfied with the lead we had going into halftime, but the effort eventually returned in the fourth quarter.”

In the final quarter of Tuesday’s game the first basket went to the Rams, but it was not long before Lutmer shoots a successful three-pointer. Eventually the game came to an end and the Jayettes celebrated their 44-29 win over Greene County.

Long after the victory was celebrated by the team, Coach Wolf shared his appreciation for several key players.

“Ainsley Marburger was a key player right out of the gate. We ran a play kind of setup for her based on some video from last year and knowing she was able to hit that three-pointer. We had been working with her three-point shot all season and it just kind of showed up tonight,” Coach Wolf said. “Another key player was Molly Lutmer. Based off her game performance you could tell she was kind of down on herself, but she still pushed through and was able to be that leader that we needed her to be. Gabby West was also the leader that we needed her to be. Hannah Peterson played excellent defense even though it doesn’t show up on the stats sheet, but she was able to shut down their (Greene County’s) best player.”

Next up, the Perry Girls Basketball Team will be traveling to Carroll on Friday, Nov. 30 followed by another home double header on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Des Moines Christian.