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    Perry uses team approach to defeat Conneaut

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    Perry used a team approach to defeat host Conneaut in a Chagrin Valley Conference Lake Division showdown on Saturday, 55-30.

    The Pirates, who improved to 8-3 overall and 5-3 in the Lake Division play, had eight different players score, and everyone contributed to the defensive effort.

    “I thought we played a solid four-quarter game today,” said Perry coach Roy Infalvi. “Conneaut has been playing pretty well lately, especially their two big girls inside, and that was a big emphasis for us, to take away their inside looks and some of the scoring around the basket. We came out physical and with intensity and we played well on the defensive end. That generated some transition looks for us offensively, and I also thought in our half-court offense, we executed and got some good looks.”

    Victoria Lynch scored five of her team-high 13 in the first quarter as the Pirates built an early 11-4 advantage.

    Abby Bartlett then hit a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter to spark the Pirates to a 27-12 halftime lead.

    Rosalyn Tharp also scored in double figures with 10 points, Jaidyn Newsome scored nine, Audrey Austin pitched in with seven, Bartlett scored six, Mia Lynch and Chloe Haase both scored four, and Andora Porcello finished with two points for the Pirates.

    With a double-digit lead to kick off the second half, Perry settled in on defense to close out their victory.

    “Our defense will keep us in the game no matter who we’re playing offensively,” Infalvi said. “We’ve been emphasizing it a little bit more trying to generate some more offense. In the first half of the season, we were playing good half-court defense, but we weren’t necessarily converting that to the offensive end. We’ve been starting to turn the corner a little bit and we’re generating some scoring through our defense. That’s a big thing for us moving forward, being able to create some more offensive looks through our defense and changing things up to create some turnovers.”

    Bella Fix led Conneaut with 16 points, Alexis Kiser scored six, Maddy Drew finished with five, and Addie Kennedy pitched in with three.

    Perry won’t have much time to celebrate the win as the Pirates return to action early on Sunday morning as they play Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin in the Berkshire Hoopfest at 11:00 a.m.

    “Sometimes, back-to-back games are tough,” Infalvi said. “How are you going to come out and respond? Mentally, we’re focused, and I think the girls are ready for it. They’re excited to play again tomorrow, and they want to get back out there. NDCL is a big team. They have a lot of height, which sometimes poses problems for us, but if we come out and play the way we’ve played the last week and a half or so, we should be okay.”


    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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