The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls seventh grade basketball teams dropped a pair of games on the road Thursday night against Smithton.
While the Lady Warriors fell to Smithton 32-27, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys also took it on the chin by a score of 49-19.
The Lady Warriors, dropping to 3-1 on the season, led Smithton 16-11 at the half and 22-18 after three quarters of play but were outscored 14-5 in the final period.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said it was a tough night for the girls. “The girls fought hard and never gave up,” Ronnfeldt said. “We didn’t block out well and that cost us the game.”
Emma West had 12 points to lead all scorers for Ss. Peter & Paul. She also finished the game with five steals and one rebound.
Abby Fuemmeler had eight points, two rebounds, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot while Lillian Rohrbach added five points, one rebound, one steal, one assist and one blocked shot, Zoey Lang two points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Grace Williams with seven rebounds and three assists, Desirea Roberts one rebound and one steal and Leah Ziegelbein with one steal and one assist.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh grade basketball team, they struggled to score all night while trailing Smithton 20-3 after first period’s end, 24-13 at the half and 35-16 after three quarters of play. Smithton also outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 14-3 in the final period.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said turnover after turnover in the game against Smithton.
“We have yet to get a game started without spotting the opponents multiple shots/points,” Herzog said. “Our presentation to offense has been our problem and we will continue to work on fixing this.  Smithton was as all teams have been taller on the boards and shot the ball extremely well for a seventh grade team.  We stepped our defense up in the second quarter and cut their lead in half but could not maintain the intensity into the second half.  There is a “buy in” to believing that good defense leads to easy offense.  We are just not there yet.  We will get better.”
McClintock paced all scorers in the game for Smithton with 16 points.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Colby Caton finished the game with nine points, one rebound, one steal and one assist.
Owen Armentrout added six points, three rebounds and two steals while Austin Rice had two points and one rebound, Max Eckerle one point and six rebounds, Tyson Frederick one point and two rebounds, Aaron Vossler two rebounds and two steals, Carter Rowlett four rebounds and Cooper Copine with one rebound.