The Ss. Peter & Paul girls basketball team opened the Sacred Heart 7th-8th Tournament in convincing fashion Tuesday night in Sedalia by beating Stover 45-21.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh grade basketball team, they dropped a heartbreaker against Stover by a score of 39-36.
With seven players in the scoring column for Ss. Peter & Paul, the Lady Warriors left little doubt by outscoring Stover in all four quarters. Ss. Peter & Paul also led from the opening tip while taking a 18-9 lead at the half. Of course the second half was a carbon copy of the first as Ss. Peter & Paul outscored Stover 27-10 for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said the Lady Warriors played as a combined seventh and eighth grade team.
“The girls are not used to getting breaks in the game so it was something different for them to get a breather,” Ronnfeldt said. “We really had our legs under us last night because of this. We were able to do more in the full court. Everyone played a part in this win. Stover had one girls that was making us flustered early on. Once we settled down and stopped playing a head game with her we were able to contain her pretty well. We were definitely out-sized against Stover, but we did a good job of getting position down low and boxing out. We had a total of 26 rebounds last night and that was huge when we were so out-sized.”
Addi Brownfield had 20 points, eight steals, three assists and two rebounds to lead the Lady Warriors.
Emma West finished the game with seven points, five rebounds and two steals while Olivia Eichelberger chipped in six points, four rebounds and two steals, Zoey Lang six points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist, Alyssa Fitzgerald two points, six rebounds and one assist, Lillian Rohrbach two points, two assists, one rebound and one steal, Hailey James two points and one rebound and Grace Williams with five rebounds.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led Stover 7-5 after one and 18-15 at the half but was outscored 24-18 in the final two periods to suffer the loss.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Joe Herzog said prior to the game the players could see that they were going to have to work hard to get rebounds as it was Jack against the giant in this matchup.
“Their shortest player was taller than our tallest player,” Herzog said. “We started out playing aggressive defense and getting our hands on a lot of their passes to disrupt flow of their offense. We were able to turn steals into baskets on the other end and get out to a small early lead. They went to a man defense late in the second quarter and all second half when they realized the size advantage they had on us and we struggled to run our offense. Midway into the fourth quarter we found ourselves down by 10 and started putting more pressure on the ball and putting them on the line. It proved to work as they missed their free throws and we converted on the other end to draw to one with under 15 seconds on the clock. We were able to get a good look at it but it just wouldn’t go down. A good game for the boys facing all eighth graders and being in the game. I am very proud of their fight.”
Broderson had 13 points in the game Stover.
For Ss. Peter & Paul, Colby Caton finished the game with 22 points, eight rebounds and one steal. Owen Armentrout had four points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal while Max Eckerle added four points, two rebounds and one steal, Aaron Vossler two points, two steals and one assist, Isaac Marriot with two points, Austin Rice one point and two steals, Tyson Frederick one point and one rebound, Carter Rowlett two rebounds, one steal and one assist and Bryson Wessing with one rebound and one assist.