The Ss. Peter & Paul girls and the LSE boys basketball teams punched their tickets to the championship in the annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Invitational Tournament.
In the semifinal round games on Wednesday, the Lady Warriors defeated Our Lady of Lourdes 36-17 while the LSE Pirates beat Sedalia Smith-Cotton by a score of 45-42.
In other games in the tournament on Wednesday, Sedalia Smith-Cotton girls edged Versailles 24-22 while Our Lady of Lourdes boys upended Columbia West 54-34.
Ss. Peter & Paul girls will play Sedalia for the title on Friday at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, in the boys championship game, LSE will take on Our Lady of Lourdes at 8:15 p.m.
The Lady Warriors, unbeaten on the season at 7-0, led OLLIS from start to finish while taking a 16-6 lead into the half. Meanwhile, after both teams scored seven points in the third, Ss. Peter & Paul came back and outscored OLLIS 13-4 in the final period for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said the girls did a great job of containing their big girls and handling the pressure they applied in the full court. “That was the key to this game,” Ronnfeldt said. “We worked hard on defense and that turned into our offense. We played really well as a team tonight.”
Addi Brownfield had 19 points, seven steals, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Lady Warriors.
Emma West finished the game with 10 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal while Lillian Rohrbach added four points, three assists and two steals, Hailey James two points and one assist, Olivia Eichelberger one point, two rebounds and two assists, Zoey Lang one rebound, one steal and one assist, Abby Fuemmeler one steal and one assist and Alyssa Fitzgerald with one assist.
As for the LSE boys, they trailed Sedalia Smith-Cotton 11-10 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 9-8 advantage in the second to tie the game at 19-all. Meanwhile, in the second half, the Pirates outscored Sedalia Smith-Cotton 24-23.
LSE coach Curtis Walk said the boys did not come out ready to play. “We were slow moving in the first half,” Walk said. “We came out in the second half getting after it. We pulled through in some crucial moments. Great atmosphere for our kids. The place was packed tonight. Great intense game for both teams. Smith-Cotton was very well coached and played well against us.”
DaWan Lomax had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two steals to lead LSE.
DJ Wesolak finished the game with 12 points, 17 rebounds and seven blocked shots while Treveon Coleman added nine points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists, Jamesian McKee eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists and Daylan Shelton with three points and two assists.