The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls junior high basketball teams went in opposite directions last night in the annual Higbee Tournament.
While the Lady Warriors defeated the host team 33-17, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys fell to the Sturgeon Bulldogs by a score of 31-23.
The Ss. Peter & Paul girls, 2-0 on the season, outscored Higbee in three out of four quarters of play and led 6-2 after one, 12-8 at the half and 25-12 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Lady Warriors held a 8-5 scoring edge to win by 16.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Danny Fuemmeler said the girls struggled at times to put the ball in the hoop but once again the defense was excellent and we were able to hold them below 20 points. “At times we were forcing passes but I applaud their unselfish team approach,” Fuemmeler said.
Hannah Fuemmeler led the scoring attack in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with 15 points along with seven rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Addison Quinlan finished the game with eight points, seven rebounds, three steals and three assists while Kiley Barnes added four points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist, Amber Oerly with four points and two rebounds, Ella Reisinger with two points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal, Cassie Armentrout with two points and two steals and Ellie Monk with four rebounds.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led Sturgeon 4-1 after the first and 10-6 at the half but were outscored 24-13 in the final-two periods to suffer the loss.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin lang said this was a tale of two halves.
“We played good defense and kept them off the boards in the first half but not in the second,” Lang said. “We could never get into a groove offensively.”
Clayton Smith had nine points and Patrick Nichols six for Sturgeon.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 1-1 on the season, Riley Lang had 13 points, 10 rebounds and one blocked shot.
Zach Weber finished the game with four points, three steals and one rebound while Tommy Kopine added two points and nine rebounds, Ryan Sprigg with two points, four rebounds and one assist, Lance Quinlan with two points and one rebound, Toby Adair with four rebounds and Alan Wilkinson with two steals.
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys will play for the third place tonight starting at 7 p.m., while the Ss. Peter & Paul girls will square off in the championship game at 8.