Ss. Peter & Paul boys edge MMA 55-52 in OT

The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls seventh grade basketball team took different paths to winning Wednesday night in the St. Pius Tournament in Moberly.
While the Lady Warriors dismantled the host school 43-22, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys needed overtime to beat Missouri Military Academy by a score of 55-52 in overtime.
The Lady Warriors, improving to 8-0 on the season, led at the end of each period against St. Pius and took a 31-13 lead into the half. Ss. Peter & Paul also outscored St. Pius 12-9 in the second half.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said this was another good competitive game for the girls. “We handled the pressure well and are starting to do a better job of working the ball on the offensive side,” Griffin said.
Addison Brownfield finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul with 18 points and 10 steals. Brownfield also pulled down three rebounds while dishing out two assists.
Brooke Eichelberger finished the game with six points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists while Emma West added four points, three rebounds and two steals, Maggie McGuire with four points, one rebound and one steal, Olivia Eichelberger four points and one rebound, Lillian Rohrbach three points, three rebounds and two steals, Taylor Frederick two points, four assists, two steals and one rebound and Hailey James with two points and one rebound.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led MMA 21-15 at the half but was outscored 33-27 in the second half to forge a tie at 48-48. Meanwhile, in overtime, the Warriors outscored MMA 7-4 to garner the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said it took a few weeks but the seventh grade finally gutted out a hard fought victory over MMA.
“Luke Green had an offensive barrage where 20 of his 38 points came from the free throw line,” Herzog said. “We were able to pull out the win with a couple of key baskets at the end and some clutch free throws to put us into overtime. It wasn’t a pretty win but we will take it for our first victory.”
Luke Green finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul, 1-6 overall, with 38 points and 11 rebounds. He also had two steals and two assists.
Memphis Waibel chipped in nine points, five rebounds, three steals and two assists while Zane Watring added four points, four rebounds and one steal, Royce Jeffries two points, two rebounds and one steal, Austin Coleman one point, one rebound and one steal and Vincent Runnenbaum with one point and one rebound.