The LSE boys and Ss. Peter & Paul girls had impressive wins in the opening round of the LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament Monday night in Boonville.
While the Pirates defeated Versailles 43-28, the Ss. Peter & Paul girls also won easily against Columbia West by a score of 47-13.
In other games, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys fell to Columbia West 55-12 while the LSE girls dropped a 31-19 score against Versailles. Sedalia Smith-Cotton girls also won 35-10 against Oakland’s B-team while Our Lady of Lourdes beat Oakland’s A-team 30-24. Sedalia Smith-Cotton boys also won against Oakland’s B-team 22-12.
The LSE boys basketball team improved to 6-2 on the season with the win over Versailles.
The Pirates led 24-14 at the half and 34-20 after three quarters of play before outscoring the Tigers 9-8 in the final period.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said it took the boys a while to get going. “Once we figured out we had to get the ball in the paint we were successful,” Walk said.
DJ Wesolak had 21 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots to lead LSE. DaWan Lomax chipped in 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists while Jamesian McKee added nine points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls, they led Columbia West 28-5 at the half and 43-13 after three quarters of play before outscoring the Lady Vikings 4-0 in the final period.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said the girls got in foul trouble early but other players were able to step up and take control when they needed them to. “The girls worked really well together,” Ronnfeldt said. “We need to start focusing on blocking out and get better at that. Our next game is going to be a tough one so we just need to take what we have been doing and build on it.”
Emma West finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul with 18 points and 10 rebounds. West also had five steals and two assists.
Addi Brownfield tallied 13 points, eight assists, six steals and five rebounds while Lillian Rohrbach added eight points, two steals, two assists and one rebound, Olivia Eichelberger six points, two rebounds and two steals, Abby Fuemmeler two points, Hailey James four rebounds, Alyssa Fitzgerald two rebounds and one assist and Zoey Lang with one rebound.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they trailed Columbia West 33-8 at the half and 51-8 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Warriors matched Columbia West with four points.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said you know its gonna be a tough game when the team your playings shortest player is your tallest players size.  “We were physically man handled and intimidated from the get go,” Herzog said.  “We just couldn’t go toe to toe with them and outside shooting was just not falling.  Its tough for the boys to stay motivated when nothing is going well .  We’ll need to forget this one and get ready for Oakland tonight.  Another very aggressive and physical team.”
Colby Caton had five points and one steal for Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 3-4.
Memphis Waibel chipped in three points, two steals, one rebound and one assist while Austin Coleman added two points and four rebounds, Luke Green two points and two rebounds, Nash McKenzie two rebounds and one steal and Avery Shaw and Zane Watring each with one rebound.
For Columbia West, Canian Galentine had 21 points.
The LSE girls actually led Versailles 12-10 at the half but were outscored 21-7 in the final-two periods to suffer the loss.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said the team played a strong first half. “They were rebounding and playing defense like we have been working on,” Nelson said. “We need to concentrate on coming out in the third quarter and playing with the intensity from the first-two quarters.”
After trailing 8-6 after one against Versailles, the Lady Pirates came back and outscored the Tigers 6-2 in the second to go up 12-10. However it was pretty much all Versailles after that with a 10-2 advantage in the third and a 11-5 edge in the fourth.
Kate Jackson had 15 points to lead all scorers for Versailles.
For LSE, who dropped to 1-7 on the season, Nora Morris had five points, two rebounds and two steals.
Kyleigh Thacker added four points and 10 rebounds while Grace Dennis finished with four points and one rebound, Anna Thompson two points and four rebounds, Faith Mesik two points and two steals and Chloe Ward with two points.