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    Perry spoils Edgewood’s perfect season

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    For the first time in several years, Perry likely won’t win the Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division title, but that didn’t stop the Pirates from having a say in who will.

    The Pirates spoiled league-leading Edgewood’s perfect season by knocking off the Warriors on their home court Wednesday, 45-36.

    “That was really good,” said Perry coach Roy Infalvi in his team’s performance avenging an early season double overtime loss to Edgewood. “We’ve talked about finishing strong for the year going into the tournament, and we had a great opportunity in front of us. I thought our preparation was really good leading into the game and we did what we wanted to do, and how we wanted to attack them. We came out and executed. The girls played loose, they played together, and they moved the ball well.”

    That 56-50 double overtime loss to Edgewood back on Dec. 15 didn’t sit well with the Pirates, who had lost to Madison three days earlier. Perry later dropped a conference game to Geneva and a second game to Madison, leaving them with four losses in league play.

    To have any shot at earning a share of the conference title, the Pirates knew they had to win out and what better way to kick off that campaign than knocking off a previously undefeated team.

    “It was a lot of fun,” said Perry’s Jaidyn Newsome, who led all scorers with 15 points. “Our team came out with a really positive attitude, and we worked really hard at practice this week. It was a team effort tonight and our hard work showed off.”

    Newsome drained a pair of 3-pointers and Mia Lynch scored two points as the Pirates jumped out to a 14-8 first-quarter lead.

    Newsome and Lynch stayed hot into he second quarter. Newsome drained two more threes and Lynch added four more points to send the Pirates into halftime leading 25-13.

    “I had a pretty good practice this week and I felt more confident about my shooting,” Newsome said of her big night. “I just knew I needed to take the opportunities and shoot when I could. Coach always says defense creates offense, so we worked really hard on defense to get the opportunities on offense.”

    Audrey Austin and Mia Lynch also scored in double figures for the Pirates with 13 and 10 points, respectively. Victoria Lynch scored six points and Andora Porcello finished with one.

    “Offensively, one of the things we did really well is we handled their press,” Infalvi said. “That was one of the things that hurt us the first time against them. We kind of made some adjustments and we got the ball up the court and we took advantage of the opportunities we had. I felt in the past, we would break the press and not take advantage of breaking the press, and today, we moved the ball really well. We got some early scores around the basket, too, and that got us going.”

    As effective as Perry’s offense was, the Pirates once again thrived on the defensive end of the court.

    Edgewood entered the game averaging 61.6 points per game before being held to 36 against Perry.

    “We didn’t necessarily put a number on (what we wanted to hold them to), but we knew who their shooters were, what they were good at, and what we wanted to do,” Infalvi said. “They like to move the ball and they do a lot of switches, so we needed to know their tendencies and what they wanted to do, and I thought we did a good job with that. I thought the effort was there and we controlled the boards pretty well, both offensively and defensively, especially early in the game. That made a big difference.”

    Katie McCollister led Edgewood with nine points and Avery Vencill and Leigha Guyton both scored eight.

    Despite the loss, Edgewood can clinch a share of the Lake Division title with a win at Jefferson on Saturday and win it outright with a win at Madison on Feb. 7. The Blue Streaks aren’t out of the hunt yet, but they’ll need to win out and root for at least one Edgewood loss to earn a share of the title.

    Perry improved to 11-6 overall and 7-4 in the Lake Division.

    The Pirates have an outside shot of winning a third straight conference title (no conference champions awarded in 2020-2021 due to COVID), but they’ll need to win out and root for Edgewood to finish the season 0-3 and for Madison to lose two of their last three.


    Steve Hare
    Steve Hare
    The creator and publisher of, 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, a member of the network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. was created in 2004 and was a member of the 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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