On the final tournament of the season, the Ss. Peter & Paul girls sixth grade basketball team captured the championship in the St. Pius X Tournament in Moberly by avenging an earlier loss against OLLIS sixth grade team with a 17-11 victory.
Of course to get to the championship, the Lady Warriors started the tournament at 3-0 with a 30-5 win over OLLIS fifth grade last Monday. Then, after beating OLLIS sixth grade in a nailbiter on Tuesday 17-16 in overtime, Ss. Peter & Paul & Paul came back and won 16-11 over Higbee on Thursday. Meanwhile, in the fourth game of the tournament, the Lady Warriors fell to OLLIS sixth grade for the first loss by a score of 12-9. However with both teams with just one loss, Ss. Peter & Paul avenged the their only defeat by turning back OLLIS sixth grade by a score of 17-11.
In the opening game against OLLIS fifth grade, Ss. Peter & Paul led 16-4 at the half and 22-5 after three quarters of play.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Mandy Eichelberger said all the girls did a great job running the plays and working the ball down low. “Everybody contributed to the win,” Eichelberger said.
Bridgette Lutz and Allison Drummond each had eight points in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul. Lutz also finished the game with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot while Drummond had four rebounds and one steal.
Alison Eichelberger chipped in six points, three assists, two steals and one rebound while Carlie Daniel added four points, four rebounds and two steals, Addie Hubach two points, four rebounds, two steals, two blocked shots and one assist, Addy Nichols two points, five rebounds and two steals, Kylee turner four steals, two rebounds and one assist, Ava Esser four rebounds and two assists and Bailey Atkinson with two rebounds and two assists.
In the second game against OLLIS sixth grade, Ss. Peter & Paul led 9-4 at the half and 9-6 after three quarters of play but was outscored 9-6 in the final period to tie the game at 15-all. Meanwhile, in overtime, the Lady Warriors outscored OLLIS 2-1 for the victory.
Eichelberger said the girls came out strong, but struggled working the ball down low in the second and third quarter. “Bridgette Lutz had an offensive rebound in the final minute of overtime and went back up strong to push us ahead,” Eichelberger said. “I am really proud of the girls.”
Lutz and Drummond each had six points in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul. Drummond also had four steals and two rebounds while Lutz added three rebounds and two steals.
Daniel finished the game with two points, six rebounds and two steals while Hubach added two points, four rebounds and one assist, Nichols one point, three steals and two rebounds, Eichelberger three steals and one assist, Turner two rebounds and Atkinson with one rebound.
In the third game, Ss. Peter & Paul led Higbee from start to finish while taking a 10-2 lead into the half.
Eichelberger said the girls really worked hard to get the ball in the middle. “Addy Nichols did a great job getting in position both offensively and defensively,” Eichelberger said.
Nichols had the high game for Ss. Peter & Paul with eight points along with seven rebounds, two steals and two assists.
Drummond finished the game with two points, five rebounds, one steal and one assist while Lutz had two points, five steals, one rebound and one assist, Turner two points, two rebounds and one steal, Eichelberger two points, two rebounds and one assist, Hubach six steals, five rebounds and one assist, Esser one assist and Atkinson with one steal.
In Game 4, Ss. Peter & Paul led OLLIS sixth grade 8-4 at the half and 8-6 after three quarters of play but was outscored 6-1 in the final period to suffer the loss.
Eichelberger said the girls got in some foul trouble in the fourth quarter. “The girls were aggressive and worked really hard defensively, we just had trouble getting our shots to fall,” Eichelberger said.
Lutz had the team high with three points, five steals, four rebounds and three blocked shots for Ss. Peter & Paul.
Drummond finished the game with two points, eight rebounds and three steals while Hubach added two points, four rebounds and two steals, Eichelberger two points, two rebounds and one steal, Nichols nine rebounds and one steal and Turner with four rebounds and three steals.
In the championship game again against OLLIS, Ss. Peter & Paul led 6-1 at the break and 12-6 after three quarters of play before matching OLLIS with five points in the fourth quarter.
Eichelberger said the girls worked so hard during their first game that she was a little worried about stamina.
“However, their desire, conditioning and defensive prowess really shined.
“Over this five game stretch we held our opponents to a 55 point total, illustrating what we have said all-season-defense wins championships,” Eichelberger said. “The girls left everything on the court. You don’t always see it in the numbers, but these girls really do work hard and gel as a team, with each and every girl bringing a different strength to the court.”
Hubach paced all scorers in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with nine points along with four rebounds, four steals and one assist.
Drummond had four points and seven rebounds while Nichols added four points, three rebounds and one steal, Lutz five rebounds and three steals, Turner two rebounds and two steals, Atkinson three rebounds and Eichelberger with three steals.
The Lady Warriors closed out the season at 13-6 overall.