The killer “Bs” were out in full force Tuesday night against the West Junior Vikings.
With other teams in the area either done for the 2016 season or inside because of the cold, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls eighth grade basketball teams went about business as usual as temperatures plumeted in the teens. Of course there was no cold shooting for the Lady Warriors, who won their ninth game of the season by beating West Junior 40-11. As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they were also on fire against the Vikings while leading from start to finish for a convincing 52-31 victory.
The Lady Warriors, improving to 9-1 on the season, outscored West Junior in all four quarters and led 14-2 after one, 20-6 at the break and 30-11 after three quarters of play. Ss. Peter & Paul also held a 10-0 advantage in the fourth to win the game by 29.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said the team talked before the game about working hard on defense. “I thought we did a better job rotating on defense in our 1-2-2,” Griffin said. “The girls also did a better job on looking at cutters. I thought Jordan Brackman stood out tonight with eight rebounds and 10 points.”
Addison Brownfield paved the way for the Lady Warriors with 15 points along with four steals, two rebounds and two assists.
Brooke Eichelberger also finished the game with double figures with 10 points, five steals, four rebounds and one assist while Jordan Brackman added 10 points, seven rebounds and one steal. Lillian Rohrbach chipped in three points, two steals and one rebound while Taylor Frederick contributed two points, two steals, two assists and one rebound, Emma West with four rebounds, Maggie McGuire with two rebounds and Olivia Eichelberger and Hailey James each with one rebound.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, who also improved to 9-1 on the season, they led West Junior 20-4 after first period’s end, 27-14 at the half and 40-20 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, the Warriors outscored West Junior 12-11 to win the game by 22.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said the boys started out pressing and causing turnovers to give them some uncontested shots. “We boxed out and rebounded better than our last game and anticipated passing lanes for some good steals,” Herzog said. “We penetrated with dribble and pass throughout the game. Eleven turnovers are way too many but most of the them came at the end of the game when we had players out of position. Nathaniel Krebs had a good game finding the open man and breaking their token press. The bigs also dominated inside and the guards hit the open shots when available. Great team victory.”
Charlie Bronakowski led the charge for the Warriors with 15 points along with seven rebounds, three steals, three assists and three blocked shots.
Lane West finished the game with 11 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals while  Bryce Harris added eight points and one rebound, Nathaniel Krebs seven points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one blocked shot, Gabe Greis also with seven points, two rebounds and two assists, Andrew Wiser with four points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Drew Vossler with one rebound and one assist and Grant Wilson with one rebound.
The Warriors also hit on 5 of 11 shots from the foul line for 45 percent.
For West Junior, Blanford had nine points.