The Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh grade basketball team continued its perfect season Tuesday night on the road by beating the Slater Wildcats  by a score of 40-35.
The Warriors, improving to 10-0 overall, actually trailed Slater 11-9 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 31-24 advantage for the rest of the game for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul never trailed after the second quarter and led Slater 21-15 at the half and 31-25 after three quarters of play.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said the Warriors played the eighth grade team and this was by far the best competition the boys have seen this season.
“They had several boys 6’ and 200 to battle Charlie inside,” Herzog said. “For the whole season we have relied on beating the other team down the floor or getting the ball inside to Charlie and letting him go to work. With their size this thwarted our use of team speed. We were very quick to put the ball up and did not make them work very hard on defense. Every once in a while we were able to settle into an offensive rythem, run a play and score or get fouled. They tied it up with 1:30 in the fourth quarter but Nathaniel Krebs came right back with a three to take and retain the lead till the buzzer. This is a very athletic team. When they are able to start listening and understanding the game a little bit more they will become a force to be reckoned with.”
Charlie Bronakowski led the Warriors with 13 points along with five rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Nathaniel Krebs finished the game with 10 points and two steals while Lane West chipped in nine points, seven rebounds, two steals and one assist, Drew Vossler with five points, two rebounds and one steal and Andrew Wiser with three points, four assists and one steal.
For Slater, Zydbel had 11 points and Jacobsen nine.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls seventh grade basketball team, they fell by two against Slater 26-24.
The Lady Warriors, dropping to 4-5 on the season, trailed Slater 16-7 at the half before rallying back with a 11-5 scoring edge in the third quarter to cut the lead to three at 21-18. Ss. Peter & Paul also outscored Slater 6-5 in the final period to make it a two-point ballgame.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said going into this game the girls knew it will be a physical game right off the bat.
“Slater has been known to scrap after the ball and play physically tough,” Griffin said. “The Lady Warriors  team transformed over night into the an aggressive team we have been waiting for all season.  We were excited and the girls played with lots of energy and enthusiasm.  The girls tonight played to their potential and left everything on the floor. We pressed Slater and were able to grab some steals and go to the line. Unfortunately, we didn’t finish at the line, we fell short. Going into half time down 9-16, the girls sometimes have a tendency to just give up. Tonight was a different story. We applied pressure and the girls won the third quarter 11-5.Taylor Frederick brought us back within 3.
“She came alive in the third quarter tallying nine points. She was taking the ball to the hoop and finishing. Brooke added two points in the third quarter and was instrumental in the come back. She leads the press at the top with Taylor along by her side. Great team work with the girls on the pressure. Riley came in and disrupted them a little with her aggressive play. I have not seen her play that hard and scramble for the ball down three going into the fourth quarter. Still applying pressure and they were fouling us. We go to the line 11 times in the fourth quarter and only make two, compared to theirs 5-12. OUCH! We are doing things right but still have to finish at the line. We had a few mistakes at the end of the but was able to tie the game with a layup by Taylor, and to take the lead. We ended up having two girls foul out (Taylor, Riley). Which is unlike us, but that happens when you play aggressive and work hard. The girls played hard and with energy the whole game. They were enjoyable to watch. We had a chance at the end of the game to score but were unable to execute.”
Abby Uhlich had 13 points to lead all scorers for Slater.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Taylor Frederick had 15 points along with six rebounds and four steals.
Brooke Eichelberger finished the game with seven points, five rebounds and three steals while Jordan Brackman added two points and seven rebounds and Maggie McGuire with four rebounds.
Monday’s game
Ss. Peter & Paul 7th (B) 41
High Point 32
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh grade basketball team overcame a one-point deficit at the half by outscoring High Point 28-18 in the second half for a 41-32 win Monday night in Boonville.
Although the Warriors held a 7-3 advantage after one quarter, High Point rallied back with a 11-6 scoring edge in the second period to lead at the break by a score of 14-13. However it was pretty much all Ss. Peter & Paul after that while taking a 26-16 lead into the final period.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said High point came out in a box and one on Charlie to slow him down.
“It worked,” Herzog said. “We hadn’t played in better than a week and it showed as we were messy on offense and did not work hard on defense in the first half. We came out in second half and actually ran some offense and went on a 13‐2 seperation that quarter. We were able to maintain that the rest of the game. High Point was a very well coached fundamental team. They will give the Warriors good competition next year.”
Nathaniel Krebs had the game-high for Ss. Peter & Paul with 13 points along with eight rebounds and one steal. Charlie Bronakowski finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists and one steal while Andrew Wiser added eight points, two steals and two assists, Drew Vossler with seven points, four assists and one rebound, Lane West with three points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal, Bryce Harris with two rebounds and Gabe Greis with one rebound.
For High Point, Rutledge and Randall each had eight points.