The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams dominated as expected while hosting Columbia Catholic's B-team last night at the Ss. Peter & Paul gymnasium.
While losing to the Lady Tigers A-team just last week in the championship in the LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament, the Ss. Peter & Paul girls got a little payback last night with a 34-13 victory. As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they also won easily against the Tigers' B-team 39-14.
On a night of honoring the eighth grade players and their parents, the Lady Warriors also led Columbia Catholic from start to finish while taking a 20-9 lead into the half. Of course the second half was a carbon copy of the first as Ss. Peter & Paul outscored the Lady Tigers 14-4 to win the game by 21.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Danny Fuemmeler said the girls got a solid win with a balanced scoring attack. "We didn't play our best game but overall I was happy with the performance," Fuemmeler said. "Our man-to-man full-court pressure was outstanding to start the game. Once I pulled that back we fell out of our rhythm and struggled slightly. They played a box and one on Hannah which the girls hadn't played against which contributed to the sluggish second and third quarters."
Cassie Armentrout led the scoring attack in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul, 11-4 on the season, with nine points along with three rebounds, three steals and two assists.
Hannah Fuemmeler finished the game with eight points, five rebounds, two steals and two assists while Addy Quinlan chipped in six points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Ella Reisinger with four points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal, Kiley Barnes with three points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist, Amber Oerly with two points, seven rebounds and one steal, Lindsay Harris with two points, one rebound and one steal and Ellie Monk with two rebounds.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they also led early and often against Columbia Catholic while outscoring the Tigers in all four quarters.
The Warriors, improving to 13-2 on the season, opened the first half with a 16-6 lead and then outscored the Tigers 23-8 in the second half for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Kevin Lang said he wasn't happy with the way the Warriors have started the last couple of games. "We lack aggressiveness and purpose and don't seem to wake up and start playing ball until the second half," Lang said. "That will have to change before Friday's game against a good Sacred Heart team."
Riley Lang, who had 25 points in the championship game last Thursday against Sacred Heart, followed it up with another strong performance last night against the Tigers with 12 points along with seven rebounds, three assists and one steal.
Makiah Waibel finished the game with eight points, three steals and one assist while Nick Zeitlow added six points, four rebounds, four steals and one assist, Ryan Sprigg with four points, two blocked shots, one rebound and one assist, Alan Wilkinson with four points and one steal, Toby Adair with three points, one rebound and one steal, Ryan Witting with two points, six rebounds and one steal, Tommy Kopine with one rebound and one steal and Zach Weber with one rebound and one assist.
Columbia Catholic was led by Sammy Fieser with four points.