One is for certain after Wednesday night’s games in the 35th annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Invitational Tournament, Boonville will be crowned the champion on both the boys and girls side of the bracket.
In a LSE girls versus Ss. Peter & Paul matchup in the first game on Thursday, the two teams will also battle for the title in the boys championship game.
At the Ss. Peter & Paul gymnasium on Wednesday, the Lady Warriors defeated Oakland 39-19 while the Ss. Peter & Paul boys avenged an earlier loss by beating the Eagles 48-40. Meanwhile, at the LSE gymnasium, the Lady Pirates finished 26 better than Our Lady of Lourdes 43-17 while the LSE Pirates edged the Tigers 44-40.
The Ss. Peter & Paul girls, improving to 6-1 on the season, got off to a slow start by trailing Oakland 14-5 after first period’s end. However it was all Ss. Peter & Paul after that with a 34-5 scoring edge for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said this was a good test for the girls being able to fight back after being down the first quarter. “The girls will not give up,” Griffin said. “This was a hard fought game from the start. I am very proud how the girls were able to keep their composure throughout the game.”
Addison Brownfield had 18 points, seven rebounds, six steals, four blocked shots and one assist to lead the Lady Warriors.
Taylor Frederick finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds, five steals, two blocked shots and one assist while Olivia Eichelberger added two points, four rebounds and one assist, Emma West two points, two assists, one rebound, one steal and one blocked shot, Maggie McGuire two points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Jordan Brackman one point, five rebounds, two steals and one assist, Brooke Eichelberger one point, three rebounds, three steals and one assist and Lillian Rohrbach with one point, one rebound, one steal and one assist.
For Oakland, Anna Sisson had 10 points.
For the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led Oakland 25-19 at the half but had that lead cut back to three in the third quarter by a score of 35-32. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, the Warriors outscored Oakland 13-8 to win the game by eight.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said it was a great game to be at as action was up and down the floor all game.  “We dominated on offensive boards and got some put backs that kept momentum on our side,” Herzog said. “They got hot from outside in the third quarter  which forced us into a different defensive scheme.  Our bigs boarded and our guards kept pressure on ball.  Overall good team win and got us even for the season with Oakland.”
Nathaniel Krebs had 15 points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist for Ss. Peter & Paul. Charlie Bronakowski finished the game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and one steal while Lane West added six points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal, Andrew Wiser six points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist, Gabe Greis four points, two steals and one assist, Drew Vossler three points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist and Bryce Harris with one rebound.
Triston Meny led Oakland with 15 points.
For the LSE girls, they outscored Our Lady of Lourdes in all four quarters and led 25-9 at the half and 34-14 after three quarters of play.
LSE coach Doug Austin said this was probably one of the best games the girls have played all season. “We moved the ball well on offense and created a lot of turnovers again on defense to set up some very easy transition points,” Austin said.
Jodie Bass had 26 points, seven rebounds, five steals and three assists to lead the Lady Pirates.
Sophie Waibel finished the game with 11 points, eight rebounds, six steals and two assists while Hana Cook added four points, 15 rebounds, one steal and one assist, Olivia Gholson one point, six steals, four rebounds and three assists, Daylynn Baker one point, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Makiya West six rebounds, one steal and one assist, Mahailey Smith two rebounds and Gracie Sadler and Brittany Arth each with one rebound.
Maddie McCulleigh had the team-high for Our Lady of Lourdes with six points.
As for the LSE boys, they led Our Lady of Lourdes 20-13 at the half and 33-21 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Tigers outscored LSE 19-11.
LSE coach Joe Henke said it was an exciting game and the boys played with a lot of energy and effort.
Cody Garner had 21 points, eight rebounds, three steals and three assists for the Pirates, 5-4 on the season.
Kayle Rice chipped in nine points and eight rebounds while Axton Nease added eight points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Saylor Marquez four points and four rebounds, Peyton Taylor one point, four rebounds, two assists and one steal and Tyree Walters with one point, four assists, two rebounds and two steals.
For Our Lady of Lourdes, Adam Traschel had 18 points.