The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams had the perfect opening to the 2017-18 season Wednesday night while hosting St. Mary’s of Glasgow.
Although the Warriors are expected to be tested over the next-three days in the Mexico Tournament, the win against the Jaguars will do for now.
While the Lady Warriors defeated St. Mary’s of Glasgow 55-11, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys won just as easily against the Jaguars by a score of 41-27.
Ss. Peter & Paul girls basketball coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said the Lady Warriors came out strong for a good showing to start off their season.
“They worked together and really moved the ball well,” Ronnfeldt said. “Defensively, Lillian Rohrbach seemed to be everywhere we needed her and as a team we shut them down. Addi Brownfield did a good job of pushing the ball and creating an offense. I am excited to see where the rest of our season takes us.”
The first quarter was a good start for the Lady Warriors. After outscoring St. Mary’s of Glasgow 17-7 in the first, Ss. Peter & Paul came back and held a 18-2 advantage in the second to go up 35-9. The second half was pretty much the same as the Lady Warriors outscored the Jaguars 16-0 in the third to extend the lead to 51-9. Meanwhile, in the fourth, Ss. Peter & Paul outscored St. Mary’s of Glasgow 4-2.
Addi Brownfield led a balanced scoring attack for Ss. Peter & Paul with 21 points. Brownfield also finished the game with eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.
Emma West also finished the game in double digits with 20 points, six rebounds and one steal while Lillian Rohrbach added eight points, four steals and two rebounds, Olivia Eichelberger with two points and two rebounds, Abby Fuemmeler with two points, one rebound and one steal, Alyssa Fitzgerald with two points and one rebound and Zoey Lang with one rebound, one steal and one assist.
For St. Mary’s of Glasgow, Jillian Johanning had three points.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they also held a comfortable lead at the break against St. Mary’s of Glasgow while leading the Jaguars 20-7 at the half. Meanwhile, after both teams scored 10 points in the third quarter, Ss. Peter & Paul came back and held a 11-10 advantage in the fourth to win by 14.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said the season opener at home with a good crowd watching, the boys didn’t disappoint.
“St. Marys came out playing man defense,” Herzog said.  “Which generally is a good sign for us offensively because of the way we set up.  We struggled running our offense but because of offensive boards all night long were still able to get put backs.  Really didn’t shoot the ball well.  Most of our scoring came inside.  But shows the determination of the boys to overcome the problems. Luke Green had a strong board night with mostly put backs working hard for each one. First game jitters out of the way and a “W” is a good thing. We will be working hard to get the kinks out on next practice.”
Luke Green finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul with 24 points and 12 rebounds. He also had one steal.
Austin Coleman chipped in five points, five rebounds and one steal while Nash McKenzie added four points and six rebounds, Memphis Waibel with two points, four steals, three rebounds and one assist, Avery Shaw and Zane Watring each with two points and one rebound and Colby Caton with two points.
For St. Mary’s of Glasgow, Drew Sanders tossed in 21 of the team’s 27 points.