The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams couldn't have asked for a better start in their new gym Tuesday night while hosting the Prairie Home Panthers.
With a standing room only crowd on hand and two officials who both graduated from Ss. Peter & Paul, the night was set for an evening of basketball and celebration.
Of course the Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls are still celebrating after picking up the sweep against the Prairie Home by the scores of 44-30 and 27-17, respectively.
The Lady Warriors, improving to 3-1 on the season, actually had a slow start against Prairie Home while playing the Lady Panthers to a 2-2 tie after one period. Meanwhile, after taking a 9-7 lead into the half, Ss. Peter & Paul had the scores reversed in the third quarter as Prairie Home rallied back to tie the game at 14-all. However, in the final period, the Lady Warriors pulled away by outscoring Prairie Home 13-3 for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Danny Fuemmeler said it was great to get the first win in the new gym. "We came out very tight and didn't play our normal aggressive style of defense and offensively we just couldn't ever get anything clicking," Fuemmeler said. "The girls stayed with it and finally had a burst late in the third and into the fourth quarter."
Addy Quinlan led the scoring attack in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with nine points along with eight rebounds, three steals and one assist.
Hannah Fuemmeler finished the game with six points, seven rebounds, five steals and one assist while Kiley Barnes added five points, 15 rebounds, one steal and one assist, Cassie Armentrout also with five points, Amber Oerly with two points, Ellie Monk with four rebounds, Ella Reisinger with two rebounds and one steal and Kenley Fuemmeler with one rebound.
Prairie Home coach Linda Scott said the girls played much better against Ss. Peter & Paul. "Our defense really played well and never quit, and five girls scored and were all looking to shoot. Our passing was one step behind so we will need to work on that in practice. The girls are adjusting to their new roles, though I really felt like we took a step forward tonight. Ss. Peter & Paul's new gym is outstanding so I am happy to be a part of the first game played in the gym."
Shianne Rhorer had the team-high for Prairie Home with six points. Kurstin Leonard chipped in five points while Kristen Peterson, Haven Pennington and Jameshia Johnson added two points each.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led Prairie Home from start to finish while taking a 14-10 advantage after one and then outscoring the Panthers 13-10 in the second to go in at the half on top by a score of 27-20. The Warriors never looked back from that point on in the game while outscoring the Panthers 17-10 in the final-two periods.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin Lang said he thought the players did a good job holding Prairie Home to one shot and keeping them off the boards. "There were times in the game that I thought we were out-hustled by them," Lang said. "We definitely need to get more aggressive. Overall, I thought it was a good first win in our new gym."
Nick Zeitlow finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul, who improved to 3-1, with 16 points along with 14 rebounds, five steals, three assists and two blocked shots.
Riley Lang, meanwhile, finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and one steal. Ryan Witting added four points and one steal while Makiah Waibel had three points, two steals and one rebound, Zach Weber with two points and one assist, Ryan Sprigg and Lance Quinlan each with two points, Toby Adair with six rebounds and Alan Wilkinson with one rebound.
Prairie Home coach Jesse Oswald said his team came out very slow against Ss. Peter & Paul.
"We let them jump on us early and they built a 10-0 lead after about three minutes and then we started to play better," Oswald said. "We had to play catch up the rest of the night and they were smart and took care of the ball. We have to do a better job of playing defense right away and then taking care of the ball on our end. I felt because they got such an early lead that we had to play catch up the remainder of the night and we had to try to force some things and that caused us to have a handful of turnovers."
Ross Kendrick had the high game for Prairie Home, who dropped to 2-3 on the season, with 13 points. Creed Flood chipped in 10 while Ty Stinson added four and Wyatt Borghardt with three.