Friday, December 9, 2022

Defense fuels Perry win at Chagrin Falls

Elle Infalvi scored 17 points and Anna Sorine added 10 to lead Perry to a 43-34 conference win at Chagrin Falls on Saturday.

The Pirates, who won their seventh straight game, also turned in a strong performance on the defensive end to shut down the potent Tigers.

“We did a great job on the defensive end today,” Perry coach Roy Infalvi said. “We rebounded well, we took three charges and we dove on the floor after loose balls countless times. Our intensity was great today and our defense along with some timely scoring was key.”

The Pirates used a 15-4 third-quarter run to pull away from the Tigers after the two teams were deadlocked at halftime, 16-16.

Madyson Hacking contributed eight points in the win while Marcela Rodriguez and Gigi Vicini finished with six and two, respectively.

Perry improved to 11-1 overall and remains in first place of the Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division with a 6-0 mark.

“We had three great practices this week,” Coach Infalvi said. “I really challenged them and they responded. I love the way this team comes to work every day. They are unselfish and they do whatever it takes.”

Julia Santamaria led the Tigers with 10 points and 11 rebounds and Bella Dalessandro added nine. Lily Karyo finished with eight and Carolyn Bencko scored seven for Chagrin Falls, who dropped to 9-3, 3-2.

Perry 43, Chagrin Falls 34

Perry (9-1, 5-0 CVC): Infalvi 17, Sorine 10, Mad. Hacking 8, Rodriguez 6, Vicini 2

Chagrin Falls (9-3, 3-2 CVC): Santamaria 10, Dalessandro 9, Karyo 8, Bencko 7

Perry 12 4 15 12 — 43
Chagrin Falls 12 4 10 8 — 34

Free throws: Perry 8 of 13, Chagrin Falls 3 of 8; 3-pointers: Perry 5 (Infalvi 2, Mad. Hacking 2, Rodriguez 1), Chagrin Falls 1 (Dalessandro 1); Rebounds: Chagrin Falls 26 (Santamaria 11); Assists: Chagrin Falls 5 (Bencko 5)

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. 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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