Sacred Heart boys win in 2OTs against Warriors, 40-38
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls basketball teams may have dropped the championship games in the 31st annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament last night at the LSE gymnasium. But nobody put up a better fight than the Warriors.
While the Lady Warriors fell to Columbia Catholic 29-23, they were down at one point in the third quarter 23-8 before rallying back in the final period to make it a six-point ballgame.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they fell to Sacred Heart 40-38 but rallied back in the final period with a 9-8 advantage to tie the game at 31-all. Meanwhile, after each team put up two points in the first overtime period, Sacred Heart came back and outscored the Warriors 7-5 in the second OT for the two-point victory.
In the third-place games, the Harrisburg boys and girls defeated LSE by the scores of 51-49 and 29-23, respectively. Meanwhile, in the fifth-place games at Ss. Peter & Paul, the Versailles girls defeated Sacred Heart 26-9 while the Columbia Catholic boys turned back Versailles 44-37.
While the loss dropped the Lady Warriors to 10-4 on the season, head coach Danny Fuemmeler said he was extremely proud how his girls fought.
"We played a very good team that played pressure man-to-man defense and had the size advantage at almost every position," Fuemmeler said.
Columbia Catholic led Ss. Peter & Paul 12-5 after one, 18-8 at the half and 23-8 after three quarters of play before the rally by the Lady Warriors in the final period.
Danni Nichols led all scorers in the game for Columbia Catholic with 12 points.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 10-4 on the season, Hannah Fuemmeler had 16 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Kiley Barnes finished the game with four points and two rebounds while Ella Reisinger added two points and one rebound, Amber Oerly with one point and five rebounds, Ellie Monk with three rebounds, Addy Quinlan with two rebounds and one assist and Cassie Armentrout with one rebound.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they trailed Sacred Heart 15-14 at the half and 23-22 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 9-8 scoring edge in the final period to tie the game at 31-all. Both teams then scored two points in the first overtime, with the Gremlins following it up with a 7-5 advantage in the second OT for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin Lang said turnovers and missed opportunities was the story of this game. "We were getting good looks at the basket the entire game but the shots just weren't falling for us," Lang said. "I'm not sure how many turnovers we ended up having but I would say it was on the wrong side of 20. It was a tough loss to take but I was happy with the effort the boys gave in the second half and overtimes."
Trent Lyles had 14 points and Korbin Scott 12 for Sacred Heart.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 12-2 on the season, Riley Lang had 12 points, four rebounds and two assists.
Nick Zeitlow chipped in four points, 13 rebounds, four assists and one steal while Ryan Witting added four points, four rebounds and two steals, Makaiah Waibel with three points, two rebounds and two steals, Ryan Sprigg with two points and two rebounds and Zach Weber with two rebounds, two assists and one steal.
As for the LSE girls, they trailed Harrisburg 13-7 after one and 16-13 at the half before rallying back with a 9-2 advantage in the third quarter to go up by four at 22-18. However, in the final period, Harrisburg outscored the Lady Hawks 11-1 for the victory.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said you can't win if you can't score. "We took shots in the paint all game long, and missed almost all of them," Allsop said.
RayRay Crites had nine points to lead all scorers in the game for Harrisburg while Baylee Hudson and Cheyenne Winn tossed in six points each.
For LSE, who dropped to 7-2 on the season, Paige Peterson had a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Kyla Johnson added four points and six rebounds while Camryn Monteer contributed four points and one rebound, Leigha Vollmer with two points and one rebound, Brynn Edwards with one point and three rebounds, Blake Allison with one point and two rebounds and McKenna Stumph with three rebounds.
For the LSE boys basketball team, head coach Terry Luster said it was a disappointing loss.
"The kids played hard but we failed to execute at the end of the game," Luster said. "We also missed too many free throws."
LSE, who dropped to 3-6 on the season, led Harrisburg 17-16 after first period's end but was outscored 8-5 in the second quarter to trail at the half by a score of 24-22. Meanwhile, after outscoring the Bulldogs 19-14 in the third quarter to go up by three at 41-38, the Hawks hit another scoring lull in the fourth by allowing Harrisburg to surge ahead with a 13-8 advantage for the victory.
Taylor Bottomly had 16 points, Noah Straun 12 and Brendan Gray 11 for Harrisburg.
For LSE, Alec Adair had 21 points, four steals and two rebounds. Kole Ficken added 19 points, eight rebounds and one steal, while Giovanni Strickland had four points, three rebounds and three steals, Brett Dillender with four points and Jaylen Butner with two rebounds.