After capturing first last Friday in the Centralia Middle School Basketball Tournament, the LSE Lady Hawks basketball team had high hopes of continuing its undefeated season last night in the opening round of the 31st annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Invitational.
The only problem is that the Columbia Lady Tigers had other ideas while handing LSE its first loss of the season with a 26-17 victory.
With two games at the LSE gymnasium and two at the new Ss. Peter & Paul gymnasium, the other games went about as expected with the LSE boys holding off Columbia Catholic for a 44-40 victory. The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls were also victorious by beating Versailles 32-26 and 41-11, respectively.
Tournament action will continue tonight at the two sites, with the Versailles girls and boys playing Harrisburg at 5:30 and 6:45 p.m. at the LSE gymnasium. Meanwhile, at Ss. Peter & Paul, Columbia Catholic girls and boys will take on Sacred Heart at 5:30 and 6:45.
The Lady Hawks, dropping to 6-1 on the season, trailed Columbia Catholic 7-5 after one and 18-8 at the half. However, in the third quarter, LSE rallied back with a 7-4 scoring edge to cut te lead to seven at 22-15. The Lady Hawks also had the lead down to three (18-15) at one point in the third quarter. Unfortunately for LSE, they never got any closer as Columbia Catholic held a 4-2 advantage in the final period to win by nine.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said the Lady Hawks played terrible.
Paige Peterson had nine points and three rebounds to lead LSE.
Kyla Johnson finished the game with four points and one rebound while Kate Peterson and Camryn Monteer added two points each.
For Columbia Catholic, Clare Devine and Laura Elfrink each had eight points while Danni Nichols chipped in seven.
As for the LSE boys, they had a little better luck while leading Columbia Catholic 20-13 at the half and 34-25 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Columbia Catholic rallied back with a 15-10 scoring edge to cut the lead back to four.
LSE coach Terry Luster said in a game with many ups and downs, the Hawks were happy to get the win. "One of the bright points of the night was our 8 of 10 shooting from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter," Luster said, "which included two big free throws by Brett Dillender with 6 seconds left in the game."
Alec Adair had the high game for LSE, who improved to 3-4 on the season, with 14 points and three steals. Kole Ficken finished the game with a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while Brett Dillender added four points and five rebounds, Jaylen Butner with four points and three rebounds, Giovanni Strickland with four points and one steal, Don Hammers with three points and one rebound, Weston Fahrenbrink with two points, one rebound and one steal and Avery Reardon also with two points.
Page 2 of 3 - As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls, they dominated Versailles from start to finish while leading 21-4 at the half and 35-7 after three quarters of play. The Lady Warriors also held a 6-4 advantage in the final period.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Danny Fuemmeler said the girls played a talented Versailles team that they were ready for. "Our pressure defense was outstanding and we played together and in sync all night. I talked with the girls about playing our style of basketball for four quarters and they did just that. We moved the ball well on offense and were patient when we need to be but pushed the ball up the court when the opportunity was there. Hannah hit some big shots early by knocking in 10 points in the first quarter and Kiley handled the ball very well for us and kept our offense in sync the entire night. Addie and Cassie really worked well together up front on the full-court press, which helped set the tone early. Great team win."
Hannah Fuemmeler led the Lady Warriors with 16 points along with four rebounds and one steal.
Kiley Barnes finished the game with nine points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal while Cassie Armentrout added six points, four steals, three rebounds and one assist, Lindsay Harris with four points, three rebounds and one steal, Addy Quinlan with two points, five steals, three rebounds and one assist, Ella Reisinger with two points and four rebounds, Amber Oerly with two points, three rebounds and one steal and Ellie Monk with one rebound, one steal and one assist.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they had a little tougher time while trailed Versailles 10-6 after first period's end.
The Warriors never trailed after that while playing the Tigers to a 14-14 tie at the half and then outscoring Versailles 14-2 in the third to go up 28-16. Meanwhile, in the final period, Versailles rallied back with a 10-4 advantage to cut the lead to six.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin Lang said he really likes the Warriors inside and outside game but the outside shots didn't start falling until the third quarter. "Our guards did a good job keeping pressure on their outside shooters and our post players did an outstanding job keeping a bigger Versailles team off the boards and limiting them to one shot," Lang said. "This was a good win for us against a good Versailles team."
Riley Lang had the hot hand for Ss. Peter & Paul with 18 points along with 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Nick Zeitlow finished the game with 12 points, 12 rebounds, five steals, two blocked shots and one assist while Ryan Witting added two points and two rebounds, Makiah Waibel with one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot, Ryan Sprigg with one rebound and one steal and Zach Weber with one rebound.
Page 3 of 3 - For Versailles, Varner had 10 points and Hunter Edgar with eight.