Lady Warriors win 35-25; boys prevail 39-27
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams jumped out to early leads against New Franklin and never looked back while beating the Bulldogs Friday night in Boonville by the scores of 39-27 and 35-25, respectively.
The Lady Warriors, improving to 7-1 on the season, outscored New Franklin in three out of the four quarters of play and led 10-6 after one and 23-10 at the half. Meanwhile, in the third quarter, New Franklin rallied back with a 9-5 scoring edge to cut the lead to nine at 28-19. But even that was short-lived as Ss. Peter & Paul stormed back with a 7-6 advantage in the final period to win by 10.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Danny Fuemmeler said the girls played a very solid defensive full-court press against New Franklin. “We generated a lot of turnovers with our pressure and were able to convert offensively,” Fuemmeler said. “The girls moved the ball well in our offensive set and made good passes when we were slashing to the bucket. We have some work to do with our help defense, but other than that I was very pleased with the energy level the girls brought to the game.”
Hannah Fuemmeler led the scoring attack in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with 15 points along with five steals, four rebounds and three assists.
Addyson Quinlan finished the game with eight points, five steals and three rebounds while Kiley Barnes added seven points, six rebounds, six steals and one assist, Ella Reisinger with two points, three steals and three assists, Cassie Armentrout with two points and two steals, Amber Oerly with one point and one rebound and Ellie Monk with two steals and two assists.
New Franklin coach Chris McGowan said the girls really struggled throughout this game to handle the ball.
“Ss. Peter & Paul did a nice job with their press and we had a tough time adjusting to the speed of the game,” McGowan said. “When we handled the ball we had some nice looks at the basket, but it is very tough to be successful while turning the ball over. Defensively, we were out of position way too much and gave up some easy baskets as a result. Certainly this wasn’t the way we wanted to end the year.”
Kacie White had the high game for New Franklin, who finished the season at 9-4, with 12 points. Grace Hundley chipped in seven points while Jasmine Himmelberg added six points.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led New Franklin by just two (12-10) after first period’s end but pulled away in the next-three periods by outscoring the Bulldogs 27-17 for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin Lang said he didn’t think the team played with much intensity against New Franklin. “We just seemed to be going through the motions all game and never seemed able to pull away,” Lang said. “We will definitely have to be more aggressive in our next game.”
Nick Zeitlow finished the game with 17 points, six rebounds, three steals, three assists and one blocked shot to lead the Warriors.
Riley Lang chipped in 16 points along with six rebounds, three assists and one steal while Ryan Sprigg added six points, two steals and one rebound, Toby Adair with three rebounds, Zach Weber with two steals, one rebound and one assist, Tommy Kopine with two rebounds, Makiah Waibel with one steal and one assist and Ryan Witting with one rebound.
New Franklin coach Jim Schlotzhauer said Ss. Peter & Paul played a very solid game against the Bulldogs. “We had a lot of trouble against their size,” Schlotzhauer said. “Both offensively and defensively, we struggled around the basket. I thought we gave good effort for the entire game, we just didn’t play enough defense to win.”
Bailey Lyons tossed in seven points to lead New Franklin, who finished the season at 5-2.
Hunter Rohlfing chipped in six points while Brendan Hundley and Mason Bailey added four points each and Austin Jones, Sid Hendrix and Caleb Phillips with two points each.
The Ss. Peter & Paul girls seventh grade basketball team defeated New Franklin 17-4 while playing two quarters.
The Lady Warriors led 12-0 after the first quarter and then outscored New Franklin 5-4 in the second.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said it is always tough to go into a game knowing you only have two quarters to play.
“In the locker room I reminded the girls we are only playing two quarters and we need to come out strong from the tip-off,” Griffin said. “We were proud of them, we were able to get the tip and score right away. That is probably the most points we have put up in a quarter. We liked the girls’ aggressiveness on the ball and running the floor. The girls took high percentage shots and were able to convert some of them.
Jordan Schler and Bailey Young scored for New Franklin.