Memphis Waibel leads Ss. Peter & Paul in 7th place game against Oakland's B-team

The LSE Lady Pirates and Ss. Peter & Paul boys basketball teams came away with trophies Thursday night in the annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Invitational Tournament.
For the Lady Pirates, they defeated Columbia West 41-34 to capture the consolation trophy. As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they won 38-14 over Oakland’s B-team in the seventh place game.
The Lady Pirates, improving to 3-7 on the season, opened the first half with a 18-12 lead against Columbia West and then outscored the Lady Vikings 23-22 in the second half for the victory.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said it was a close game throughout against Columbia West.
“West had a full-court press that put a lot of pressure on us, but we were able to settle down and keep the game going,” Nelson said. “We were able to make more free throws in this game than ever before, which helped us win the game. I have said it before, the girls are improving and playing as a team more and more each game.”
Grace Dennis had 14 points and six rebounds to lead LSE, who improved to 3-7 on the season. Faith Mesik finished the game with 12 points, three rebounds and three steals while Kyleigh Thacker added 10 points, 15 rebounds and one steal, Nora Morris two points, five steals, one rebound and one assist, Anna Thompson two points and three rebounds and Madison Henderson with one point, 12 steals and three rebounds.
Elise Kendrick had the high game for Columbia West with 12 points.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led Oakland’s B-team 23-8 at the half and then outscored the Eagles 15-6 in the final-two periods.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said the boys came out much looser. “We received a shot in the arm when Avery Shaw came out scoring the first-five points on aggressive defense to get us rolling.
“Evenly matched on size we were able to rebound and get more aggressive on defense,” Herzog said. “I have always been a teacher of good defense leads to easy offense and the boys were able to witness that last night as we scored the majority of our points off fast breaks and just aggressively pushing the ball up the floor. A good way to end a very talented tournament. We will be back on the hardwood facing Oakland’s B-team again on Monday.”
Memphis Waibel had 15 points, two steals and one rebound to lead Ss. Peter & Paul, who improved to 4-5 on the season.
Luke Green finished the game with eight points, two steals and one rebound while Avery Shaw added seven points, four steals and one rebound, Colby Caton four points, four rebounds and two steals, Zane Watring two points, four rebounds, one steal and one assist, Nash McKenzie two points and one rebound and Austin Coleman with two rebounds and one assist.
For Oakland’s B-team, Rashad Meaders had six points.