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    Depth leads Perry to win at South

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    Perry used its depth to secure a 60-25 non-conference win at Willoughby South on Tuesday.

    The Pirates, who opened the season with a loss at Mentor on Saturday, bounced back with a dominant performance against the Rebels.

    “It went really well,” said Perry coach Roy Infalvi. “It felt really good today that our girls came out and really started the game well.”

    Grace McKoon, who scored 25 points on Saturday, stayed hot as she scored four of her team-high 10 points in the first quarter as the Pirates pulled away from the Rebels, 19-8.

    “I thought we played a really good first quarter,” Infalvi said. “We were able to pressure them a little bit and get some transition points and I thought we made some shots early that we weren’t making on Saturday. That got us in a good rhythm but we were a little bit slower in the second quarter, but they came out and played a really good third and fourth quarter.”

    McKoon scored four more points in the third and two in the fourth to help the Pirates avoid back-to-back losses to start the season.

    “It was important to bounce back with a win over South to get that winning feeling and to be the winning team I know that we can be,” she said. “Being the leading scorer has helped my confidence tremendously because I know that I can be the person to step up in key situations during the game where I have to score. Having my teammates and my coach who have a lot of confidence in me taking over helps a lot.”

    McKoon has made the most of her opportunities in Perry’s first two games and she hopes to keep this momentum going throughout the season.

    “My key is to just take the open shots and to drive when the opportunity is there,” she said. “My team does a great job of creating space and helping me get open to help me score.”

    Sophia Makad and Rosalyn Tharp both contributed to the win with nine points, Victoria Lynch added eight, and Izzy McKoon and Kaitlyn Newsome both scored seven.

    Audrey Austin pitched in with four points and Abby Bartlett, Eva Jean, and Sophia Wise each finished with two points.

    “I’ve been really impressed with our younger kids,” Infalvi said. “They work hard in practice and have adapted to some of the different things that we’ve asked them to do and they’re getting a good feel for playing together. Our four seniors shave a lot of varsity experience and when they’re on the floor together, they kind of know the ins and outs of each other. But, this group is still learning and getting better each and every day. The difference from Saturday to today was huge and I think we’ll continue to get better.”

    Maddie Luciano led South with 10 points.

    Perry travels to Lakeside on Tuesday.

     

     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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