The Ss. Peter & Paul boys basketball team moved one step closer to the championship in the LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament last night by beating the Harrisburg Bulldogs 57-45.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls, they came up short against the Harrisburg Lady Bulldogs by a score of 30-29 but will still play for the title against Columbia Catholic tonight at the LSE gymnasium starting at 7 p.m.
LSE Athletic Director Jeff Francis said with a three-way tie in the girls B pool, there was no head to head so the next criteria was least amount of points given up. The Lady Warriors gave up 41 points while Harrisburg surrendered 68 points and Versailles 77 points.
Meanwhile, at the LSE gymnasium last night, the LSE Lady Hawks bounced back from their loss Monday night against Columbia Catholic by beating Sedalia Sacred Heart 40-16. As for the LSE boys, they fell to Sacred Heart by a score of 34-30.
Tournament action will continue tonight at LSE, with the LSE girls playing Harrisburg for third place at 4:30 p.m., followed by the boys third-place game between LSE and Harrisburg at 5:45, girls first-place game between LSE and Columbia Catholic at 7 and the boys first-place game between Ss. Peter & Paul and Sacred Heart at 8:15.
At Ss. Peter & Paul gymnasium, the Columbia Catholic boys will battle Versailles in the fifth-place game at 5:45 p.m., followed by the Sacred Heart girls versus Versailles for fifth place at 7.
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys, 12-1 on the season, opened the first half with a 28-16 lead against Harrisburg and then matched the Bulldogs with 29 points in the second half for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin Lang said he knew Harrisburg played pressure man to man defense and liked to push the ball down the court.
"Our kids did a good job against their press resulting in a few layups and we also did a good job getting back on defense," Lang said. "Nick and Ryan were monsters for us down low scoring in the post and hitting the boards. Riley was hot from the outside hitting 9 of his 12 shots and penetrated well to the basket drawing fouls and getting layups. We were hitting on all cylinders tonight."
Riley Lang led the charge for Ss. Peter & Paul with a career-high 27 points along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Ryan Witting also scored in double figures with 14 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Nick Zeitlow finished the game with seven points, 12 rebounds, two steals, one assist and one blocked shot while Ryan Sprigg added four points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Zach Weber with four points, Makiah Waibel with one point and one blocked shot, Toby Adair with three rebounds and one steal, Alan Wilkinson with one rebound and one steal and Tommy Kopine with one rebound.
Page 2 of 3 - For Harrisburg, Brendan Gray tossed in 15.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls, they trailed for most of the game against Harrisburg and went in at the half down by one at 19-18. Meanwhile, after Harrisburg held a 6-4 advantage in the third quarter to go up 25-22, Ss. Peter & Paul came back and held a 7-5 scoring edge in the fourth period only to lose the game by one.
While the loss dropped Ss. Peter & Paul to 10-3 on the season, head coach Danny Fuemmeler said it was a very disappointing loss. "We let Harrisburg dictate the pace of the game all night," Fuemmeler said. "We shot 3 of 16 from the free-throw line and turned the ball over and over all night. It's obviously hard to win a ballgame when you do that. We had an opportunity in the final seconds but fell short."
Hannah Fuemmeler had nine points, eight rebounds, four steals and four assists in the game for the Lady Warriors while Kiley Barnes had nine points, three rebounds and one steal. Addy Quinlan chipped in four points, two rebounds and one steal while Cassie Armentrout added two points, four steals and two rebounds, Ella Reisinger with two points, three rebounds and two steals and Ellie Monk with two points, two rebounds and one assist.
As for the LSE Lady Hawks, they led Sacred Heart 9-2 after one, 20-6 at the half and 32-12 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, LSE held a 8-4 advantage to win the game by 24.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said all of the girls played a lot of minutes last night, and did a nice job. "Our focus was rebounding, and they really stepped up as a team and were aggressive on the boards," Allsop said.
Kyla Johnson led the Lady Hawks with 11 points, six rebounds and one steal. Paige Peterson finished the game with a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Camryn Monteer added seven points, four rebounds and one steal, Brynn Edwards with four points and four rebounds, Brianna Walker and Shayann Potter each with two points and two rebounds, Leigha Vollmer with two points, Blake Allison and McKenna Stumph with one point and two rebounds each and Stephanie Kempf with one rebound.
For Sacred Heart, Gabby Holland, Hannah Wilhoit and Annalise Mergen each had four points.
As for the LSE boys, they trailed Sacred Heart 12-10 at the half and 25-16 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 16-9 advantage in the final period only to lose the game by four.
LSE coach Terry Luster said this was probably one of the teams best games defensively. "We did not shoot well from the field or the free-throw line, going only 10 of 22 from the line," Luster said.
Page 3 of 3 - Trent Tyler had the game-high for Sacred Heart with 11 points.
For LSE, 3-5 on the season, Alec Adair had 11 points, seven rebounds and two steals while Kole Ficken chipped in seven points and five rebounds, Brett Dillender with two points and six rebounds, Weston Fahrenbrink and Jaylen Butner each with two points and four rebounds, Giovanni Strickland with two points and two rebounds and Avery Reardon and Ethan Waibel each with two points.