The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls seventh grade basketball teams could get used to playing at home, especially after picking up a sweep against the Columbia Catholic Tigers Tuesday night at the Ss. Peter & Paul gym.
While the Lady Warriors defeated Columbia Catholic in a low scoring game 8-5, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys scored a few more points while prevailing by a score of 32-28.
The Lady Warriors, 2-2 on the season, opened the first half with a 6-1 lead against Columbia Catholic and then outscored the Tigers 2-0 in the third quarter to make it 8-1. Meanwhile, in the final period, Columbia Catholic rallied back with a 4-0 advantage to cut the lead back to three.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said the first half of play went well until the players got themselves in foul trouble which makes girls have to play somewhere they normally wouldn't.
"The girls continue to put forth the effort to push the ball up the court; something we have been working on in practice," Griffin said. "If may not always work but the effort is certainly there. On offense you can tell they know where the next pass goes, but sometimes don't recognize when there is an open lane to drive and take a shot. We will be taking Thursday and Friday of this week to practice on shooting and defense."
Mackenzie Lutz led the scoring attack in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with five points, five steals and three rebounds.
Megan Young finished the game with two points, five steals and two rebounds while Claire Grissum added one point and two steals and Hannah Gross with eight rebounds and five steals.
For Columbia Catholic, Hanna Dietz and Johanna Nicklaus each had two points while Amanda Leothen tossed in one.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they actually trailed Columbia Catholic 8-6 after one and 15-8 at the half before rallying back with a 24-13 scoring edge in the final-two periods for the victory.
Kyle Chrisman had the game-high for Ss. Peter & Paul with 13 points and five rebounds. Ben Eichelberger added five points and seven rebounds while Samuel Wiser had four points and 11 rebounds, Ben Horst with four points and two rebounds, Kellen Barnes also with four points and Thomas Simmons with two points and two rebounds.
For Columbia Catholic, Jackson Barbees had seven points.