The LSE boys seventh and eighth grade basketball team jumped out to commanding leads and never looked back in the “Battle of Boonville” Monday night at LSE.
While the seventh grade team prevailed against the Warriors 36-21, the LSE Pirates eighth grade team was just as dominating while beating Ss. Peter & Paul by a score of 54-39.
LSE’s seventh grade, improving to 2-2 on the season, trailed Ss. Peter & Paul 7-0 after first period’s end but rallied back with a 16-4 advantage in the second to go in at the half on top 16-11. The Pirates never trailed after that by outscoring the Warriors 20-10 in the second half for the victory.
LSE coach Doug Austin said the team played probably their best game of the season against Ss. Peter & Paul.
“We settled down on defense and our shots started falling in the second quarter which we carried over into the second half for the victory,” Austin said. “Everyone contributed very well last night.  It was nice to see us play to our potential, now our goal is to play four complete quarters and not let the other team come out strong in the first quarter.”
Jordan Fishburn led the scoring attack for LSE with 10 points along with five rebounds and one steal.
Cameron Poulsen finished the game with seven points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists while Garrett Hundley added six points, one steal and one assist, Jackson Johns five points, 10 rebounds and six assists, Connor Acton four points, eight rebounds and one steal, Shane Chamberlain two points and one rebound, Blake Richardson also with two points, Caidyn Hazel one rebound, one steal and one assist, Ethan Watson and Trent Maxwell each with one rebound and one assist and Connor Rhorer with one rebound.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 2-4 on the season, Colby Caton had 12 points, three rebounds and one steal. Owen Armentrout tallied four points, 12 rebounds and one steal while Max Eckerle added three points and two rebounds, Aaron Vossler two points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Tyson Frederick two assists, Cooper Copine two steals and Isaac Marriott and Carter Rowlett each with one rebound.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said the Warriors started out with a 9-0 lead in this game. “We became lazy on defense and started having shots not fall,” Herzog said. “We missed a lot of layups and putbacks which then got us forcing shots and doing things outside of our norm. We need to get everyone involved in the game and the only way to do that is to run the offense and move the ball. Playing good defense with our hands extended and moving our feet would help as well.”
As for the LSE eighth grade team, they led Ss. Peter & Paul 34-18 at the half but were outscored 21-16 in the final-two periods.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said the press really gave Ss. Peter & Paul fits. “We played as a team and passed the ball well,” Walk said. “If we played together as a team we are hard to beat.”
DJ Wesolak had the game-high for LSE, who improved to 3-1, with 23 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
Treveon Coleman finished the game with 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and six steals while Jamesian McKee added 12 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and three assists and DaWan Lomax with six points, eight rebounds, five steals and five assists.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 1-2, Luke Green finished the game with a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also had five assists and two steals.
Nash McKenzie chipped in nine points, 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist while Austin Coleman added four points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist, Avery Shaw four points, two rebounds and one steal, Zane Watring also with four points, Memphis Waibel three points, two steals, two assists and one rebound and Colby Caton with three points, one rebound and one steal.
Coach Herzog said the Warriors started out by spotting LSE 20. “They ran a quick pace “fastbreak” that we just did not get back on,” Herzog said. “We were out-sized in every position and the physicality of the game did not bode well for us. I was proud of the way our team of six worked hard to cut into the lead but we just don’t have enough depth to maintain the energy needed in that type of game.”