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    Perry snaps two-game skid with win over Jefferson

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    Perry snapped a two-game skid with a hard-earned 45-40 win over visiting Jefferson in a Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division showdown on Friday.

    With the win, the Pirates improved to 10-5 overall and 6-3 in league play.

    “I was really pleased with how we played tonight,” said Perry coach Roy Infalvi. “I thought we came out and played a little more loose as far as being confident offensively, and we talked a bit. The last couple of games, we’ve been pressing some on offense, and that caused us not to have a flow offensively. Today, we came out and played more confidently and more relaxed. We had a nice first quarter and built a little bit of a lead and I think that good start made a big difference for us.”

    Victoria Lynch sparked the Pirates to a 20-13 first-quarter lead. She scored nine of her team-high 13 in the first eight minutes before being forced to the bench with foul trouble.

    Lynch played sparingly in the second and third quarters but finished the game with four points in the fourth quarter to help the Pirates secure their victory.

    “She got three fouls through the midway point of the second quarter, so we had to take her out and put her in at a couple of different spots,” Infalvi said. “She picked up her fourth foul right away in the third quarter, so she didn’t play most of the third. That made a difference for us in the middle of the game. We had to go to our bench, and we had a couple of girls step up and play well, but that hurt us.”

    With Lynch relegated to a spot on the bench, Jefferson rallied and pulled to within 33-29 heading into the fourth quarter.

    Audrey Austin fought off the Falcons with a six-point fourth quarter on the way to an 11-point night.

    “She did a nice job in the second half, especially in the fourth quarter,” Infalvi said of Austin. “She had some big shots for us when they cut our lead down to two, and she had some nice drives and finished around the basket so we could keep our distance a little bit and close it out.”

    Abby Bartlett and Mia Lynch both contributed to the win with seven points, Jaidyn Newsome scored five, and Rosalyn Tharp pitched in with two points.

    “Jaidyn Newsome didn’t score a ton today, but she did a good job of handling the pressure, and defensively, she did a great job,” Infalvi said. “She knew where their scorers and shooters were and she did a really good job of rebounding for us, especially late I the game. We’re not big overall and she stepped up with some big rebounds.”

    Perry hosts Madison on Saturday.

    Mia Contenza led Jefferson with a game-high 16 points. Tatum Bordeaux and Kennidie Rogers scored eight and six points, respectively, and Alex Costart and Riley Franklin both finished with five for the Falcons.

     

     

    Steve Hare
    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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