The LSE and Ss. Peter & Paul boys basketball teams will meet for a second time this season after winning in the consolation semifinals of the LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament on Tuesday.
With both teams losing in the opening round on Monday, the LSE Pirates came back in convincing fashion on Tuesday by throttling Versailles Gold 60-10. As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they defeated Versailles Black 57-36.
On the girls side of the bracket at Ss. Peter & Paul, the Lady Warriors seventh grade team knocked off LSE’s eighth grade team 13-11 while Sedalia Smith-Cotton upended Versailles Black 23-14.
Tournament action will continue tonight at the LSE gymnasium, with Oakland boys playing Columbia West at 5 p.m. and Sedalia Smith-Cotton battling Our Lady of Lourdes at 6:15. Meanwhile, at Ss. Peter & Paul, the Oakland girls will play Ss. Peter & Paul at 5 p.m. while Columbia West battles OLLIS at 6:15.
The LSE Pirates, improving to 5-4 on the season, outscored Versailles in all four quarters and led 20-2 after one, 34-9 at the half and 51-9 after three quarters of play before outscoring the Tigers 11-1 in the final period.
LSE coach Doug Austin said the boys played great tonight. “It was against the Versailles C team, so I only played the main guys for one quarter,” Austin said. “Everyone else got to play the rest of the game and they did very well. Shane Chamberlain impressed me as well as Connor Acton, both with seven points. Eleven out of 13 players scored tonight so I was very pleased. Great overall effort.”
Cameron Poulsen paced all scorers for LSE with 10 points and three steals.
Caidyn Hazel chipped in eight points, three rebounds and three assists while Shane Chamberlain added seven points, three assists and two rebounds, Connor Acton seven points and two rebounds, Tyson Ellison and Jackson Johns each with six points, four rebounds and one assist, Edrissa Bah Lamb with six points, three rebounds and two assists, Connor Rhorer four points, two rebounds and one assist, Ethan Watson and Landon Drew each with two points, two rebounds and one assist, Jordan Fishburn with two points and one rebound and Blake Richardson with two rebounds and one steal.
Versailles was led by  Gideon with six points.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they played Versailles Black to a 9-9 tie after one period but outscored the Tigers 48-27 for the rest of the game for the win. The Warriors led 34-12 at the half and 48-22 after three.
“I figured after a very emotional loss on Monday that we would come out a little flat tonight,” Oswald said. “It’s very natural for that to happen. After a slow start, we really turned on our defensive pressure and opened up a big lead right before half. It was a huge priority to get all the kids some equal playing time tonight. They all performed exceptionally well. It was our team goal, at halftime, to make sure everybody scored in the game. I give credit to the kids for finding their teammates and setting them up for success. We had eleven kids dress tonight and all the kids got into the scoring column. It was a fun game and we will look to continue this momentum into our game versus LSE.”
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul seventh grade girls, they led LSE from start to finish while taking a 8-2 lead lead into the half and a 12-7 advantage after three quarters of play. However, in the final period, the Lady Pirates made it close by outscoring the Warriors 4-1 to cut the lead to two.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Mary Grissum said defense won this game. “The girls played hard, aggressive defense leading to LSE turnovers,” Grissum said. “Alison Eichelberger never let up leading the team with eight steals. Carlie Daniel found a body and blocked out all night. She shined with 11 rebounds and four points. Being the only seventh grade team in the tournament, the girls showed up to win and proved they can play with the older girls and not to overlook them. They put Monday’s loss behind them played together, and played much smarter. It was nice to see them play at the level I know they can, and always should.”
Carlie Daniel had four points, 11 rebounds, three steals and one blocked shot to lead Ss. Peter & Paul.
Addie Hubach chipped in four points, two rebounds and two steals while Alison Eichelberger added two points, eight steals, four rebounds and two assists, Allison Drummond two points, three rebounds and one assist, Kylee Turner four steals and one rebound, Addy Nichols one point, two rebounds and two steals, Kellie Young three rebounds and one steal and Bridgette Lutz with one steal.
For LSE, who dropped to 2-7 on the season, Abby Pulliam had nine points and three rebounds while Payten Black added two points and two steals, Molly Schuster five rebounds, Hailee Williams three rebounds, Heather Hall two rebounds and Carlie Bishop with one rebound and one steal.