The Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh grade basketball team did its part Monday night on the road against the Marshall Owls.
While beating Marshall 38-26 behind the 15 point effort of Colby Caton, the Warriors also improved to 3-5 on the season.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys eighth grade basketball team, they fell to Marshall 56-40.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said the seventh grade Warriors were very evenly matched against Marshall.
“We just shot the ball much better than they did,” Herzog said. “A major part of why we did our ball movement. We were able to get the ball around the key faster than the defense could move that created our open shots, and we finished those shots. Our defensive intensity was much better than past games and we were able to maintain throughout the game. These are some positives and improvements that should give the boys some anticipation to play next game.”
While struggling to score early on, the Warriors also found themselves trailing Marshall after one by a score of 4-2. But then in the second quarter, Ss. Peter & Paul began to pick up things a little more on the offensive end by outscoring Marshall 36-22 for the rest of the game. The Warriors led 16-12 at the half and 28-20 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Ss. Peter & Paul held a 10-6 advantage.
Caton finished the game with 15 points, six assists, four rebounds and one steal for Ss. Peter & Paul.
Owen Armentrout chipped in six points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist while Aaron Vossler added four points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal, Tyson Frederick four points, one rebound, one steal and one assist, Austin Rice three points, one rebound and one steal, Carter Rowlett two points and two rebounds, Cooper Kopine two points, Max Eckerle four rebounds and one assist and Isaac Marriott and Bryson Wessing each with two rebounds.
Hayes had the game-high for Marshall with 12 points.
As for the eighth grade Warriors, they trailed from the start against Marshall as the Owls took a 32-18 into the half. Marshall also outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 12-4 in the third to extend the lead to 44-22. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Warriors rallied back with a 18-8 advantage.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said the score doesn’t show it but the boys played with them for the first quarter and a half only being down by three with three minutes in second quarter.  
“We then turned the ball over 3 straight times and they came down and hit three threes to jump quickly to double digit lead,” Herzog said. “We then got away from going thru our offense and started “hurrying”.  We will always be the smaller team but having seven total rebounds for the game tells the story.  We must work harder on defense, boxing out  and getting attitude.  Everyone needs to get involved on the defensive end.”
Reed had the high game for Marshall with 15 points.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 1-3 on the season, Memphis Waibel finished the game with 15 points, two steals and one rebound. Luke Green added 12 points, two steals, one rebound and one assist while Colby Caton chipped in seven points, one rebound and one assist, Austin Coleman four points, three rebounds and one assist, Zane Watring two points and one steal and Avery Shaw with one rebound, one steal and one assist.