The Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh and eighth grade basketball teams fell on the road Friday night against West Jr.
Although both games were close, the eighth grade boys dropped a 52-48 decision against West Jr. while the seventh grade team fell in a heartbreaker 27-25.
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys eighth grade basketball team, dropping to 2-2 on the season, trailed West Jr. 25-18 at the half and 34-24 after three quarters of play before rallying back with a 24-18 advantage in the final period.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald said this was a very good ballgame.
“Even though we came out on the wrong end of things, I was very pleased with how we played,” Oswald said. “It was a very emotional game, but our kids carried themselves very well and conducted themselves in the right manner throughout. We found some weaknesses in their game and we will look to exploit those when we play them during the SSPP/LSE tourney. I told the kids we didn’t lose this game, we just ran out of time. We had all the momentum, we just didn’t have any extra minutes. We will bounce back versus them on Monday.”
Colby Caton burned the nets for a season-high 34 points to lead Ss. Peter & Paul. Owen Armentrout chipped in 11 while Aaron Vossler added two and Max Eckerle with one.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys seventh grade basketball team, they led West Jr’s eighth grade B-team 17-8 at the half and 23-16 after three quarters of play before being outscored 11-2 in the final period.
“We let this one slip away,” Oswald said. “We lead the entire game until about midway through the fourth quarter. I give credit to West, though. They hit some shots in that quarter, that they hadn’t hit all game. We weren’t able to connect on enough shots in the second half to keep the distance. Sometimes that’s just the way the ball bounces. The kids will bounce back from this game and come out stronger against our next opponent.”
Henry Rohrbach had 12 points and five rebounds for Ss. Peter & Paul.
Levi Jeffries finished the game with seven points and two steals while Ross Brackman added three points, three rebounds and two steals, Rhodes Leonard two points, six rebounds and five steals, Ben Lutz one point and four rebounds and Chase Amos two rebounds.
Ss. Peter & Paul boys take control early in win over Slater, girls lose nailbiter
In a warm up before the annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Invitational Tournament next week in Boonville, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys eighth grade basketball team had what head coach Evan Oswald call after great team win over Slater Thursday night by a score of 38-21.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls eighth grade basketball, they fell in a nailbiter against the Lady Wildcats 23-20. Meanwhile, in seventh grade action, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys won by three over Slater 22-19.
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys eighth grade basketball team, 2-1 on the season, opened the first quarter with a 13-12 lead against Slater and then outscored the Wildcats 9-3 in the second to go up at the half by a score of 22-15. The Warriors also dominated the second half by outscoring Slater 16-6 for the win.
Oswald said Cooper Kopine gave the team a huge momentum boost going into the second quarter.
“He hit a big shot at the buzzer of the first quarter to give us the lead,” Oswald said. “We never looked back at that point. We were really dialed in on the defensive end after the first quarter. We only allowed nine points the remaining three quarters. It was really nice to see everybody on the team crash the boards. Owen and Colby continue to lead our team, but as you can see, every player on our team made huge contributions tonight. I look forward to seeing this group of kids do big things the rest of the season.”
Owen Armentrout finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Colby Caton chipped in nine points and nine rebounds while Carter Rowlett added four points and eight rebounds, Aaron Vossler four points and four rebounds, Max Eckerle and Cooper Kopine each with four points, Austin Rice three points and two rebounds and Isaac Marriott, Bryson Wessing and Tyson Frederick each with three points.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls, they also led Slater for most of the game while taking a 11-8 lead into the half and a 16-12 advantage after three quarters of play. Unfortunately for the Lady Warriors, they had no answer for Slater in the fourth as the Wildcats rallied back with a 11-4 scoring edge for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said the girls could not contain Drummond from Slater. “We gave up 19 of their total 23 points to one girl,” Ronnfeldt said. “We have to get better at helpside defense. Both Katelyn and Madison did a great job on the boards for us. We just need to learn to turn those rebounds into points now.”
Zoey Lang led all scorers for Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 2-1 on the season, with 12 points, six rebounds and four steals. Abby Fuemmeler finished the game with six points, nine rebounds and one steal while Madison Smith added two points, 13 rebounds and two blocked shots, Katelyn Smith with 14 rebounds, Grace Williams with two rebounds and one steal and Leah Ziegelbein with two rebounds and one steal.
In the boys seventh grade game, Ss. Peter & Paul led Slater 12-8 at the half but was outscored 8-2 in the third as the Wildcats rallied back to take a 16-14 lead. However, in the final period, Ss. Peter & Paul outscored Slater 8-3 to win the game by three.
Oswald said what a great team win. “They gave us a good scare when they went up by four with three minutes remaining,” Oswald said. “The boys really dug in deep and were able to battle back for the win. It was nice to see a group this young battling it out until the final whistle. I am very proud of the way they responded when they faced that four point deficit. Not one person carries us this game but I will point out a couple highlights. Eli Stock gave us a huge lift off the bench and really sparked us on the defensive end. Levi Jeffries hit two clutch free throws in the final seconds. It’s a great feeling watching this group of young men get better every time they step on the court.”
Levi Jeffries had the high game for Ss. Peter & Paul with five points and five steals.
Rhodes Leonard finished the game with five points and four rebounds while Henry Rohrbach added four points, three rebounds and three steals, Ben Lutz four points and two rebounds, Ross Brackman two points, four rebounds and two steals and Eli Stock with two points and four rebounds.