Lady Warriors beat LSE 28-20; boys throttle Pirates 49-24
The LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament could have easily been called the Warrior show after Thursday night's performance.
While battling the LSE boys and girls in both championship games, Ss. Peter & Paul came away with two titles with the Lady Warriors winning 28-20 and the Ss. Peter & Paul boys prevailing 49-24.
In other games in the tournament Thursday night, Our Lady of Lourdes girls defeated Oakland 35-19 in the third place game while the Oakland boys beat Our Lady of Lourdes 46-35 for third place. Meanwhile, in the consolation games, the Sedalia girls edged Versailles 18-17 while Ss. Peter & Paul boys won 45-21 over Versailles.
The Lady Warriors, improving to 7-1 on the season, outscored LSE in three out of the four quarters of play and led 6-1 after one, 17-8 at the half and 23-17 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, Ss. Peter & Paul held a 5-3 scoring edge.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said she knew this would be another competitive game for the Lady Warriors two nights in a row. “We made adjustments early on in the week on defense,” Griffin said. “Our girls played great defense and hard work. Taylor (defensively) did her job of holding Jodie to 10 points and the rest of the team was aware of other shooters on the floor and adjusted accordingly. A big win for us after losing to LSE earlier in the season in overtime and confidence booster. Great bunch of girls to work with day in day out.”
Addison Brownfield had 18 of the team’s 28 points for Ss. Peter & Paul. Brownfield also finished the game with four rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots.
Brooke Eichelberger chipped in five points, two rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot while Lillian Rohrbach added one point, one rebound and one steal, Taylor Frederick five rebounds and one steal, Maggie McGuire two rebounds, Jordan Brackman one steal and one blocked shot and Olivia Eichelberger with one rebound.
For LSE, who dropped to 8-2, Jodie Bass finished the game with 10 points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists. Sophie Waibel tossed in four points, six steals, four rebounds and two assists while Hana Cook added three points, 11 rebounds and one steal, Daylynn Baker two points, three rebounds and one steal, Olivia Gholson one point, three rebounds, three steals and one assist, Makiya West eight rebounds and one steal and Gracie Sadler with one rebound.
LSE coach Doug Austin said it was another great game between these two teams.
“It was a very defensive battle from the beginning,” Austin said. “One of those games where every possession counted. I felt like defensively we did a pretty good job containing their field goals, we actually made more field goals than St. Peter and Paul. They also went to the free throw line twice as much as we did and had 10 extra points from the charity stripe. That proved to be the difference. We did not have a great night shooting, only going about 12% from the field. We needed to be more aggressive offensively and we just felt more satisfied passing the ball instead of attacking the basket. St. Peter and Paul is a great team and you have to give them credit. They seemed to want it just a little bit more than we did last night. That puts us 1-1 against them this year.”
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led LSE from the opening tip while taking a 26-9 lead at the half and a 42-16 advantage after three quarters of play. The Warriors also outscored LSE 7-6 in the final period to win by 25.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said he told the boys this was their tournament if they wanted it. “They proved it tonight as they got after the ball took the lead and never looked backed,” Herzog said. “Again our press was good enough to disrupt the flow and cause turnovers. We rebounded better after the first quarter and took care of offense. Charlie and Lane were dominant with their ability to drive with the ball. Our guards once again were able to break down the defense and find open shots or team mates. Overall a good showcase of the upcoming talent for Boonville Pirates.”
Charlie Bronakowski finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul, who improved to 7-1, with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Bronakowski also had four assists and three steals.
Lane West had eight points, three rebounds, two steals and one assist while Drew Vossler added eight points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Andrew Wiser six points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist, Gabe Greis five points and one rebound, Nathaniel Krebs four points, eight rebounds and four assists and Bryce Harris with two points, one rebound, one steal and one assist.
For LSE, who dropped to 5-5, Saylor Marquez had eight, Kayle Rice and Darius Jones four each, Cody Garner and Axton Nease each with three and Tyree Walters with two.
LSE coach Joe Henke said he was extremely disappointed in the effort by the Pirates. “I felt that we were mentally beaten before we even started,” Henke said. “Ss. Peter & Paul is a very talented and gifted team and they present a lot of challenges that we have had a difficult time with the last two years. They play well together and defend the basket very well. I am proud of our effort this week in winning two games but would have loved to have given Ss. Peter & Paul a better game.”