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Varsity Extends Winning Streak to Three With Win Over Wooster!!!!

Perry takes control to safeguard win

Perry used a 13-5 run at the end of the first half to take a 33-24 lead into the locker room at Wooster on Monday, then held off a couple of second-half challenges before emerging with a 64-47 girls basketball victory.

David Harpster

IndeOnline.com sports writer
Posted Jan. 6, 2015 @ 12:21 am


Veteran girls basketball coach Jeff Couto sees what his Perry Panthers are capable of when he watches them every day in practice.

The Panthers are now taking those practice efforts and transferring them to the court more consistently.

Perry used a 13-5 run at the end of the first half to take a 33-24 lead into the locker room at Wooster on Monday. The Panthers then held off a couple of second-half challenges from the Generals before eventually emerging with a 64-47 girls basketball victory.

The win moved the Panthers to 5-7 this winter, while Wooster fell to 5-6.

“We’ve played a tough schedule to date, and it has come together maybe a little more slowly than we anticipated this season,” said Couto, who is in his first season guiding the Panthers after enjoying a long run of success at Louisville previously. “The key, though, is it’s coming together. The girls are hungry, they have a desire to take their game to the next level and games like tonight help us move in that direction.”

Perry’s youth was served in the form of sophomores Kimmie Borck and Karlee Pireu, who combined to nearly match the Generals’ offensive output with 45 points. Borck’s 23 points led all scorers, while Pireu added 22 points and pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds. Pireu had five field goals in the final five minutes of the second quarter to help the Panthers erase Wooster’s last lead of 17-15.

Brittany Miner added 12 points for Perry, which was coming off a win over Manchester last Friday.

“That happened tonight, but on other nights Jessie Morosko has stepped up. She had 21 the other night,” Couto said. “Brittany Miner came up with 12 points tonight and Kelsey Cobb has had some big games for us. What these girls understand is that on any given night, whether it’s sophomores, juniors or seniors, everyone is capable of stepping up.”

Borck’s driving laying put Perry up by double digits early in the second half, but Wooster responded with two straight layins from Ny Brown to slice its deficit to 35-28. The Panthers responded after a timeout by outscoring the Generals 7-3 to push their lead back to 42-31. Pireu, Borck and Morosko all had baskets to help repel Wooster’s run.

“Other teams are going to make a run on us, which we know,” Couto said. “What we’re learning how to do is regain our composure and continue to move in the right direction. The basketball IQ of this group is slowly climbing to where we want it
The Panthers’ defense was there to help stop the Generals when needed, as Perry’s active hands forced 25 turnovers“Brittany Miner is probably one of the quickest on-the-ball defenders in the area,” Couto said. “We rely on her a lot to bring that defensive pressure. When she brings it like she did tonight, good things happen for us off the ball.”Brown led Wooster with 19 points.“Turnovers just killed us tonight,”

Wooster coach Mike Baus said. “Perry just was more active than we were. There were times you could see that they just wanted it more than we did. We were playing like we were still on Christmas break at times.”

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Varsity Wins!!! Takes out Undefeated Barberton/Magic Mayhem


Perry 54, Manchester 46

BARBERTON: It wasn’t always pretty, but Perry managed to finish the job Friday night in a 54-46 win over Manchester at the inaugural Magic Mayhem Girls Basketball Shootout at Barberton High School.

After three quarters of streaky play from both teams, Manchester senior guard Alex Klein connected on one of only two 3-pointers in the game. Klein’s shot pulled Manchester (6-1) within one point midway through the fourth quarter, and after trailing by 12 at halftime, it certainly seemed like momentum was shifting in its favor.

But Perry junior forward Jesse Morosko made a mid-range jumper on the next possession that ignited a 14-7 run, ultimately giving Perry (3-7) the edge it needed to knock off the undefeated team.

“Jesse Morosko has really been stepping up for us lately,” Perry coach Jeff Couto said. “She understands the game. She has a very high basketball IQ, so she’s able to put herself in position to get those shots off.”

It took every other quarter for Perry to heat up offensively, but once it did, the team ran like a well-oiled machine. Morosko helped Perry outscore Manchester 17-8 in the second quarter, when Couto’s squad pieced together a comfortable 33-21 lead. After a lethargic third quarter, Perry did it again with the streak started by Morosko.

“This is our first year together as a coaching staff, and in working with these young ladies, it’s been a process,” Couto said. “But it was clicking [tonight]. Now they’re getting more comfortable … they’re stepping up and taking the shots they need to take.”

Morosko finished with a game-high 21 points, and sophomores Karlee Pireu and Kimmie Borck — who both had points following Morosko’s jumper — had 13 and 12 points. respectively.

Brittni Portner led Manchester with 17 points.

Barberton 54,
Springfield 21

No Magics player ended the night with eye-popping statistics, but, as coach Greg Whitmer said, the players bought into a team mentality.

“With the sets we run and the way that we play, we’re not geared into this girl or that girl’s got to get 20 every night,” Whitmer said. “We have someone different scoring every night. Our kids are so unselfish. They don’t really care who scores.”

Only junior guard Macey Chik, who had 12 points, finished in double digits, but nine players contributed on offense for host Barberton (6-3) on its way to routing Springfield (1-7).

“The girls put a lot of time in the offseason, and now we’re starting to get some wins,” Whitmer said. “I think the biggest thing is confidence. They’re really starting to believe in what we’re doing.”

As far as individual performances go, Springfield junior guard Allie Rodenbucher went unrivaled by anybody in the game.

Rodenbucher scored 17 points, but only three other Spartans managed any points in the game: One player scored two points, and two others scored one.

“We mix up our defenses normally, but tonight we played a lot of man-to-man,” Whitmer said. “We got better and better as the game went along, and we played a lot of kids. I think the biggest thing is that they’re starting to talk and communicate a lot better.”


Varsity vs. Hoban- Malone Classic

DSC_0624Varsity fought hard, but came up two points short against Akron Hoban, Saturday during the Malone Classic. Good luck Ladies  this Saturday (2:30), in your first Federal League game against McKinley.  Come out to support our girl’s run for the Federal League Title.



Hall of Fame Huddle- Talking Perry Basketball!!!!

Kelsey Cobb , SR, Perry Panthers

Kelsey doesn’t do anything extremely spectacular, but does everything pretty well. She defends well, and has great size and athleticism, which allows her to defend bigger or smaller. She’s reliable with the basketball and understands ball security. Kelsey’s shot is acceptable and is one of the better players I’ve seen at pulling up midrange off the dribble. She’s an extremely hard worker and always invested in team.

Brittany Miner, SR, Perry Panthers

As a serious volleyball player Brit isn’t a player you see all year long. She will be a player you see all season long though! A great on ball defender who is a leader for the really young Panthers. This senior has improved consistently during her career and last year showed she was a reliable option on the offensive end. I fully expect Miner to show even more this season and standout on a very good Perry team.

Tori St. Jean, Sophomore, Perry Panthers 

Tori has certainly made a name for herself and turned some heads as of late. She has risen her game to the point that she is always a force when she’s on the floor. She has great length and she has used that to her advantage. Her scoring has taken off this spring as she has showcased a reliable jumpshot and started attacking the basket. She has really picked up the intensity on the boards and consistently creates easy points by making great defensive plays.

Karlee Pireu, Sophomore, Perry Panthers 

Karlee is bigger, stronger, faster, and badder than what she was last year. That’s the easiest way to explain her transformation. She has grown into a serious force. She can legitimately do it all with a decent degree of success. She can hit the jumper, she can get to the basket. She has rounded her game so well that she will create matchup problems everywhere. She is fast enough to guard a smaller player, as well as big and strong enough to guard any big. On the other end she’s skilled enough to exploit a bigger defender and big and strong enough to punish a smaller one.


Federal League Preview

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The Federal League has to be one of the toughest in the state, with the exception of Lake every team has a chance to win the league. It’s so close that it couldn’t possibly be predicted. As far-fetched as it sounds there are 5 teams that can split the season series with 4 other teams and force a 5-way tie. I know it sounds crazy but that’s how tight this race is going to be.Perry brings a really solid mixture of veteran leadership and young talent. Kelsey Cobb and Brittany Miner are two of the most underrated seniors in the area, both are very big pieces to the success of the Panthers. The combo of Karlee Pireu and Kimmie Borck is one of the best in Ohio in the 2017 class, add in Tori St. Jean and you have a spectacular sophomore trio. The biggest concern for the Panthers is their depth, after the starters it gets a little thin.


Karlee Pireu~ Making the News!!!!

Karlee Pireu

New blood

Perry has the youngest post player of the group and maybe the one with the most long-term potential in Pireu, a sophomore. The 5-10 Pireu is attracting interest from Minnesota and Memphis among others.

It’s easy to see why. Pireu averaged 7.6 rebounds as a freshman last year. She will also have a new coach this season in Jeff Couto, who couldn’t be more excited at the prospect of having Pireu for the next three seasons.

“She’s going to be a tough matchup,” Couto said. “She can handle the rock and she has great vision. She understands the offense well and has great ability. Defensively, she is relentless on the boards. She’s also been working on her perimeter shot.”

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Coach Couto- Excited for the Season

  • Perry Coach Recharged,
  • Ready to Lead Panthers to New Heights 
  • Jeff Couto returns to coaching high school basketball for the first time in six years, and is ready to take the reigns and lead Perry.
  • Kimmie Borck drives in for a layup at a recent Perry practice.Glenn B. Dettman, Independent Kimmie Borck drives in for a layup at a recent Perry practice.
  • David Harpster
    IndeOnline.com sports writer
    Posted Nov. 25, 2014 @ 11:32 pm

    When Jeff Couto walked off a high school basketball court in 2008 after stepping down as the Louisville girls coach, he wasn’t sure when, or if, he ever would return.

    “When I left in 2008, I was just flat-out burned out,” said Couto, who compiled a 127-74 record from 1999-2008 at Louisville and won three straight Northeastern Buckeye Conference titles his final three years at the school. “I was fried.”

    It has taken about six months, or about the time since he was

    named Perry’s new girls basketball coach, for those feelings to leave Couto. In their place are ones of hope and optimism.

    “It was six years that I was gone. This has energized me in such a way that it’s like Christmas every day,” Couto said. “I feel like a 4-year-old kid being able to go back and enjoy something that’s always been so pleasurable.

    “Being away from it as long as I have, and with the assistants I have in Beth Sternberg and Bob Pireu, it’s been a true blessing to be back doing this.”

    Couto’s state of mind of is also helped by the fact he’s taken over Perry program that seems primed for a revival, even in the super-competitive Federal League.

    Perry finished 14-11 last season, but was only 3-9 in league play. Some of those struggles can be chalked up to the Panthers fielding a lineup that often included three freshmen and a sophomore.

    Those players are all a year older now and Couto has seen more than passing evidence during the preseason of their growth in that time.

    “Every indication is that the program is ready to turn the corner and do some positive things,” he said. “The execution in practice and just the skill level they’re exhibiting, the fact they continue to grow and get better at what they’re doing, is a great sign.

    “The team chemistry is just off-the-charts good. When you start adding those things together, when you have those kinds of skills and chemistry, then good things should happen.”

    Sophomores Kimmie Borck, Karlee Pireu and Tori St. Jean all saw extensive action last season, as did junior Jesse Morosko. Borck should be a backcourt mainstay this season, while Pireu and St. Jean, at 5-foot-10 and 5-11, respectively, add length a Perry lineup that doesn’t have much. Morosko, a 5-7 forward, will also see time in the frontcourt.

    Senior guards Brittany Miner and Kelsey Cobb will add experience and shooting to the lineup, while 5-10 senior Mickey Kopriver should factor into the frontcourt rotation. Freshmen guards Natalie Wilson and Jamee Cauthon, as well as sophomores Makaily Parks, Erin Kennedy and Alexa Carpenter, will all vie for playing time during the season.

    Couto likes the Panthers’ ability to mix-and-match lineups and either go big or small given the opponent.

    “We really do have a lot of interchangeable pieces on the roster, and that should help us create some matchup problems for some teams,” Couto said. “We’ve got some bigger girls who not only can go inside and post up strong, but they can also go outside and handle the ball and do some positive things on the perimeter.”

    While the Panthers’ skill level has taken a step forward since last season, Couto and his staff have worked just as hard on the Panthers’ confidence and mental well being. For it to pay off, though, Perry will need translate that talk into results on the floor in the form of a win over one of the league’s perennial powers. Couto feels that time is coming soon for the Panthers, who haven’t captured a league title since 1985.

    “We understand the Federal League is one of the finest leagues in the state and it’s so, so strong. We’re starting to believe, though, that we belong in the Federal League and we can compete on a nightly basis.

    “Every once in a while, in order to get to that point, you’re going to have to have a signature win. I really think the Perry girls are going to get a signature win, or more, this season to help turn the corner.”

    Reach David at 330-775-1129 or david.harpster@indeonline.com.

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Canton Repository Basketball Preview

Area girls basketball preview- Canton Rep November 27,2014


Head coach: Jeff Couto

Last season: 14-11, 3-9

Returning letterwinners: Kelsey Cobb, sr.; Mickey Kopriver, sr.; Brittany Miner, sr.; Jessica Morosko, jr.; Kimmie Borck, soph.; Karlee Pireu, soph.; Tori St. Jean, soph.

Outlook: The 5-10 Karlee Pireu gives the Panthers a nice building block in Jeff Couto’s first year, as he has an interesting mix of experience with three seniors, three sophomores and a junior..

Meet the Team Night is FRIDAY December 5th at 7:30!!! Doors open at 7:00

Revised Meet the Team Night

Click the link above for more information!!!!

Perry Varsity Wins at the Stark County Preview

Congratulations to the Varsity Team for getting a Win tonight against Louisville. The Varsity will be back at it Saturday at Malone University against Hoban HS at 4:45!!!IMG


The girls basketball program took time out of their busy schedule to give back to a family in need. The girls volunteered an entire Saturday to help clean up a house in partnership with Hammer and Nails of Canton. With the time and work the girls put in, the family of 8 moving into the home will now be able to do so for the upcoming holiday season. Way to go girls!