Zoey Lang had 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and teammate Lillian Rohrbach added 10 points, two steals and two assists to lead the Ss. Peter & Paul girls seventh grade basketball team past St. Brendans of Mexico 34-26 Tuesday night in Mexico.
The Lady Warriors, 7-2 on the season, trailed St. Brendans 7-4 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 17-8 advantage in the second period to go up 21-15. Ss. Peter & Paul never trailed after that while outscoring St. Brendans 17-11 in the final-two periods.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said the girls started out slow and never really got into their game. “The girls had heart and played hard to the end,” Ronnfeldt said. “Rebounding really hurt us and you could tell it had been over a week since they’d played together.”
Hailey James fonished the game with six points, seven rebounds and one assist for the Lady Warriors while Abby Fuemmeler added three points and two assists, Leah Ziegelbein two points, one rebound and one assist and Grace Williams with four rebounds.
For the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they fell to St. Brendans 39-33.
The Warriors led St. Brendans 9-7 after first period’s end but was outscored 32-24 for the rest of the game. St. Brendans led 19-12 at the half and 27-23 after three.
“It had been a while since the boys had been on the court in a game and I was worried that we may not be focused,” said Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog.  “Playing against a team of 8th graders who were just physically bigger than us would be a “tall” order.  We did a great job of doing basics correctly, boxing out, moving the ball on offense, taking the open shot and getting to the line to shoot free throws.  “
We started our offense on the defensive end and were able to take the ball to the basket.  A little intimidation led to troubles finishing there but as I said we did get to the line 25 times.  The tell tale of the game was we converted only 7 of those 25.  Many of which were the front end of 1 and 1’s. Very proud of the boys as they showed determination and heart.  While it goes down as a loss in the books, it’s a win in my eyes.”
McKeevan had 14 points to lead all scorers for St. Brendans.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Colby Caton finished the game with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Max Eckerle had seven points, three rebounds and two steals while Owen Armentrout added four points, eight rebounds and five steals, Tyson Frederick two points, three rebounds and two steals, Isaac Marriott two points, Aaron Vossler four steals and one assist, Carter Rowlett two rebounds and two assists and Bryson Wessing with one rebound.