The LSE girls junior high basketball team and the Ss. Peter & Paul boys had something in common last night during the annual Border War Game at the Ss. Peter & Paul gymnasium.
While the Lady Hawks defeated Ss. Peter & Paul 38-19, the Warrior boys upended LSE by a score of 37-30.
With much anticipation for the game in a standing-room only crowd, the Lady Hawks jumped out to stay against Ss. Peter & Paul while leading 16-5 after one, 25-9 at the half and 29-13 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, LSE outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 9-6 to win the game by 19.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said the tempo of last night’s game was not where we wanted it; we played slow and didn’t push the ball up the floor.
“SsPP’s defense had a lot to do with that; they did a good job of getting back, making us set up the offense, and forcing us to take outside shots,” Allsop said. “Our girls responded well at times—we shot almost 50% from the field and 25% from the 3-point line—Paige Peterson and Camryn Monteer really stepped up in terms of hitting outside shots. Defensively we still have work to do, and I need to do a better job getting them to talk, rotate, and rebound.”
Paige Peterson appeared to have the hot hand for LSE with 19 points along with two rebounds and two assists.
Kyla Johnson finished the game with eight points, two assists and one rebound while Camryn Monteer added seven points and two assists, Brynn Edwards with two points, three rebounds and three assists, Kate Peterson with two points and six assists, Stephanie Kempf with one rebound and Leigha Vollmer and Blake Allison with one rebound each.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Danny Fuemmeler said the girls came out very tight to start the game.
“We were one step behind the entire first quarter,” Fuemmeler said. “LSE has a very talented team that presses well. We were forcing passes that we normally don’t and turning the ball over a lot. I was, however, very proud that the girls didn’t give up. I made some defensive adjustments at halftime and the girls responded. We gave up only 13 points in the second half compared to 25 in the first. We also handled the press much better and got a little bit better ball movement offensively. We had some good looks at the basket but we just couldn’t get them to fall in the second half.”
Hannah Fuemmeler had the high game for Ss. Peter with 10 points along with five rebounds and four steals. Kiley Barnes finished the game with four points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist while Addy Quinlan added two points, three rebounds and one assist, Ellie Monk with two points, Ella Reisinger with one point, two rebounds and one assist, Amber Oerly with three rebounds and one assist and Cassie Armentrout with two rebounds.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they had to come from behind against the Hawks while trail 18-9 after one and 20-19 at the half. However, in the second half, the Warriors began to hit from both the inside and outside while outscoring LSE 18-10 for the seventh-point victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin Lang said LSE started out hot in the first quarter by scoring 18 points. “We made a few adjustments and held them to 12 points the rest of the game,” Lang said. “I was happy with the way the boys came back from that early deficit. We showed a lot of poise. They did a good job limiting our top-two scorers. We needed a couple other kids to step up tonight and they did. It was a good win.”
Riley Lang led the scoring attack in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul, who improved to 8-1 on the season, with 13 points along with five rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Ryan Sprigg finished the game with nine points, two assists and one rebound while Nick Zeitlow added six points, nine rebounds, four steals, two blocked shots and one assist, Ryan Witting with five points, five rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot, Makiah Waibel with four points and Zach Weber with four rebounds and three assists.
LSE coach Terry Luster said Alec Adair gave an extremely good effort and Weston Fahrenbrink and Kole Ficken played well defensively.
Alec Adair was the leading scorer in the game for LSE, who dropped to 0-3, with 19 points. Kole Ficken chipped in four while Dee Sharp added three and Weston Fahrenbrink and Hunter Edwards each with two points.
In the B-team girls game, LSE defeated Ss. Peter & Paul 15-3.
Brianna Walker and McKenna Stumph each had six points in the game for LSE while Andrea Jackson chipped in three points.
Coach Allsop said Stumph had a very nice game. “McKenna has been playing very aggressively and posting up strong,” Allsop said.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Mackenzie Lutz had three points and one rebound. Emily Imhoff had four steals while Hannah Gross added two rebounds, Rachel Lutz and Kaitlyn Doza each with one rebound and Maddie Weber with one steal.
Ss. Peter & Paul seventh grade coach Carol Griffin said this was a hard loss for the girls after playing well on Friday. “The girls played hard and fought back against an aggressive team,” Griffin said. “The effort was there, we just couldn’t make things work out.”
The LSE B-team boys also won against Ss. Peter & Paul 16-14.
For LSE, Jaylen Butner had five while Avery Reardon chipped in three. Players with two points each were Don Hammers, Giovanni Strickland, Ethan Waibel and Alex Breshears.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Thomas Simmons had eight points while Kyle Chrisman chipped in four points and three rebounds, Ben Eichelberger with two points and two rebounds and Samuel Wiser with four rebounds.