Ss. Peter & Paul boys lose nailbiter in OT against New Franklin, 27-25
The Ss. Peter & Paul girls sixth grade basketball team made it a perfect 3-for-3 in the New Franklin 5th-6th Grade Basketball Tournament by beating the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers for the title by a score of 33-7.
The Lady Warriors, 15-1 on the season, opened the first half on fire against Pilot Grove by holding a 25-3 advantage and then outscored the Tigers 8-4 in the second half for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Ken Brownfield said this was their last game of the season and it was great to win the championship in the New Franklin Tournament.
“The girls were so fired up for this tournament and it showed all week on the floor,” Brownfield said. “The things we have worked on all season really came together. My job as coach was pretty easy. In the championship game against a good Pilot Grove team we were able to play stellar defense. Our traps were very good and in the right places and that turned into turnovers for the Tigers and we converted those turnovers to points pretty quickly at the start of the game. We took control of this game, like we did all tournament right at the start. The girls really understand letting a game be close too long is dangerous and they did a great job of coming out with intensity. Defensively we only gave up 16 points combined for the three games. You can’t expect much more than that. It’s been a great season for the Warriors and I’m really proud of this team.”
Addison Brownfield finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul with 20 points and 10 rebounds. She also had six steals and one assist.
Emma West had nine points, nine rebounds, one steal and one assist while Lillian Rohrbach added four points, three steals, three assists and two rebounds, Hailey James with four rebounds, Alyssa Fitzgerald and Arji Webster each with three rebounds and Olivia Eichelberger with two steals and one rebound.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys sixth grade basketball team, they fell in the championship game against New Franklin by a score of 27-25 in overtime.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Green said it was a tale of two halves against the Bulldogs, with the Warriors winning the first half 13-5 and New Franklin winning the second 20-12.
New Franklin was led in scoring by Tyler Jennings and Trey Cowans each with eight points. Landon Belstle hit a key shot and sank three free throws during the comeback and finished with seven points. Tiernan Hoover scored two points, and Blake Evans and Caleb Hull each had one point.
Memphis Waibel led the Warriors in scoring with 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal and hit a buzzer-beater in the fourth quarter to send the game into overtime. Luke Green tallied four points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal while Zane Watring and Royce Jeffries each had two points.
In the two games leading up to the championship, Ss. Peter & Paul defeated Slater 33-7 and Marshall 33-17.
Waibel again had the high game for Ss. Peter & Paul with 17 points, six rebounds and six steals. Green chipped in 14 points, six rebounds and two assists while Watring added two points and three rebounds, Austin Coleman with one point, four steals, two rebounds and one assist, Jeffries with three rebounds, three steals and one assist and Avery Shaw with one rebound.
On Thursday against Marshall, Waibel again led the scoring attack with 10 points, nine of which came in the fourth quarter. He also had seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Green finished with nine points and 15 rebounds while Shaw had eight points and two rebounds. Coleman chipped in four points and grabbed three rebounds while Watring tallied two points and Jeffries with two rebounds, one assist and one steal.
The Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 9-6.