The Ss. Peter & Paul girls eighth grade basketball team got off to a good start in the first quarter by outscoring St. Joseph-Martinsburg 4-1.
Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, they had no answer for St. Joseph for the rest of the game while dropping a 40-21 decision Wednesday night in the St. Pius Tournament in Moberly.
The Lady Warriors, 1-5 on the season, trailed St. Joseph 9-8 at the half and 24-13 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, St. Joseph outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 14-11.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said coming off the Thanksgiving break the girls came out refreshed and ready to play,” Griffin said. “The first half was great; we were driving to the basket and making them foul us. Our defense was much better. Unfortunately, we were unable to knock down the shots to keep us in the game. The third quarter hurt us the most, we fell behind quickly and we just couldn’t get back into the game. St. Joseph hit a couple of three-pointers that helped them pull away. Key players us last night was Mackenzie Lutz with 14 points and eight rebounds. She also got to the line 21 times. You almost hardly ever see a girl go to the foul line that many times. Other players were Kaitlyn Doza and Maddie Weber, who played very aggressive defense at the top for us which they were able to create some turnovers. Rachel Lutz continues to play strong inside for us getting 6 to 7 rebounds a night.”
Deann Brooks led the scoring attack in the game for St. Joseph with 13 points.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Mackenzie Lutz had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven steals.
Rachel Lutz finished the game with three points, six rebounds and one assist while Megan Young added two points and four rebounds, Maddie Weber with two points, two steals, two assists and one rebound, Kaitlyn Doza with three steals and one rebound, Megan Kammerich with two rebounds and Emily Imhoff and Claire Grissum with one rebound each.