Ss. Peter & Paul boys win consolation by beating St. Martin’s, 57-26
The Ss. Peter & Paul girls eighth grade basketball team capped off a perfect season at 15-0 by claiming the championship in the St. Andrews of Tipton Tournament by beating the host team by a score of 49-27.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they captured the consolation trophy by upending St. Martin’s 57-26.
The Lady Warriors also won Friday night in the semifinal round by turning back High Point 43-24.
In that game, Ss. Peter & Paul led 24-14 at the half and then outscored High Point 19-10 in the final-two periods for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said it had been a week since the girls had played. “We got off to a slow start,” Ronnfeldt said. “Lillian Rohrbach did an excellent job of containing their shooter and shutting her down. That was a huge part of us winning this game. Addi Brownfield was hot from the field and looked good tonight as well.”
Brownfield led all scorers in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with 25 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Emma West finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal while Olivia Eichelberger added three points, one rebound and one steal, Lillian Rohrbach one point, three steals, one rebound and one assist, Hailey James three rebounds and two assists, Alyssa Fitzgerald four rebounds and Abby Fuemmeler with one rebound.
In the championship game against St. Andrews, the Lady Warriors again opened up a sizeable lead at the half by a score of 24-12 and then held a 25-15 advantage in the final two periods.
Ronnfeldt said this was a great win for the girls because it was the entire team contributing. “We worked the ball well and did a good job of handling the pressure. We didn’t try to force things that weren’t there. Emma West did a great job of working the lane all night to get open.”
West finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul with 20 points and 12 rebounds. West also had two steals.
Brownfield also had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds along with nine assists and one steal while Eichelberger added six points and five boards, Rohrbach six points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Fitzgerald two points and four rebounds, Fuemmeler with five rebounds and James with one rebound.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they bounced back from a tough loss in the opening round against Jamestown by beating Prairie Home in the consolation semifinals on Saturday 43-28.
But even then it wasn’t easy as the Panthers trailed by just one (18-17) at the break. Ss. Peter & Paul found its rhythm in the second half with a 25-11 advantage.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said early morning so the boys had a slow start to the game. “We needed to speed up the game so we pressed full-court the second half and got them to hurry,” Herzog said. “We rebounded well and got a lot of layups off of defensive rebounds and quick outlet passing.”
Memphis Waibel led the Warriors with 18 points along with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Luke Green finished the game with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals while Avery Shaw added four points, one rebound and one steal, Zane Watring two points, one rebound and one steal, Nash McKenzie two points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist, Austin Coleman one point, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, Colby Caton one point, three rebounds and one steal and Max Eckerle with one rebound.
Pitts was the leading scorer for Prairie Home with 14 points.
In the consolation finals, Ss. Peter & Paul outscored St. Martin’s in all four quarters and led 24-17 at the half and 36-22 after three.
Herzog said as always the boys let St. Martin’s stay with them the first half.
“We started the second putting more pressure on the ball and forced multiple turnovers into layups on our end,” Herzog said. “I tell the boys every day that hard defense leads to easy offense. As the season has come to an end I hope they can see how that has played out. They finish 8-8 having played five games against Columbia Schools with much larger talent pool to draw from. They have been a pleasure to coach and I hope to see some of them at the next level.”
Green had 25 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Warriors. Green also dished out two assists.
Waibel finished the game with 20 points, seven steals, one rebound and one assist while Caton added eight points, two steals and one assist, Coleman and McKenzie each with two points, two rebounds and two steals, Shaw with two rebounds and Eckerle with one rebound.
Troy had the high game for St. Martin’s with 10 points.