The Ss Peter & Paul girls eighth grade basketball team won its opening game Monday night in the annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament by beating Sedalia Smith-Cotton 19-8.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys and LSE boys and girls, they were less fortunate. The Ss. Peter & Paul boys fell to West 52-43 while the LSE boys and girls lost to Our Lady of Lourdes by the scores of 47-24 and 33-16, respectively. The Ss. Peter & Paul girls seventh grade basketball team also finished on the short end against Columbia West 23-11.
Tonight’s matchups at LSE has the Oakland boys playing Ss. Peter & Paul at 5 p.m. and Versailles gold boys battling LSE at 6:15. Meanwhile, at Ss. Peter & Paul, Versailles black will take on Sedalia at 5 p.m. while Ss. Peter & Paul’s seventh grade girls square off against LSE at 6:15.
The Ss. Peter & Paul girls, 4-1 on the season, opened the first half with a 8-2 lead against Smith-Cotton and then outscored the Lady Tigers 11-6 in the second half.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said this was not a pretty win but it was a win. “We are definitely out of shape and that showed in the fourth quarter,” Ronnfeldt said. “We played with heart and teamwork and that won us the game. We will have to put up a better showing if we expect to beat Oakland on Wednesday.”
Zoey Lang had the game-high for Ss. Peter & Paul with 12 points along with six rebounds and one blocked shot. Madison Smith chipped in four points and eight rebounds while Abby Fuemmeler added three points, three steals and one rebound, Grace Williams four rebounds and one steal, Leah Ziegelbein four steals and one rebound and Katelyn Smith with three rebounds and one blocked shot.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led West 11-10 after first period’s end but was outscored 32-42 for the rest of the game.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald said the boys didn’t come out on the winning side but credited the team with the way they played. “We’ve got a team full of fighters that play for each other every play and every night,” Oswald said. “Not many teams can say that. I am very proud of the way we played, just wish we could’ve gotten over the hump. We had our chances, we just ran out of steam. We had a few point lead midway through the third quarter, but West was able to hit some big shots to retake the lead. We left it all on the court tonight, so I can’t say we didn’t give it our best shot. I know the boys wanted to win this game more than anything, but they have nothing to be ashamed of. These kids gain the respect from every team they play. It’s very rewarding to have opposing coaches, players and fans elaborate on how hard we play. We will look to build off this game and get better going forward.”
Colby Caton had 26 points to lead all scorers for Ss. Peter & Paul, who dropped to 2-3. Owen Armentrout chipped in 13 while Aaron Vossler added two and Tyson Frederick and Max Eckerle each with one.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls seventh grade team, who was added to the bracket after Oakland didn’t bring its B-team, they trailed Columbia West9-6 at the half and 15-8 after three quarters of play. West also outscored the Lady Warriors 8-3 in the fourth to win by 12.
Ss. Peter & Paul assistant coach Mary Grissum said the Columbia West was an aggressive team but not the better team. “They out-played us, it was as simple as that,” Grissum said. “We failed to move the ball around and make smart passes as well as smart shots. We have to work on knowing where we are on the court and following our shots. The girls need to focus on ball control and seeing the floor. Defensively, we hustled the whole game and I’m proud of the girls for that. Addy Nichols continues to work hard on the block, we just need to get the ball into her.”
Carly Daniel had three points and one rebound to lead Ss. Peter & Paul. Kylee Turner finished the game with two points, three steals, one rebound and one assist while Allison Drummond added two points, two rebounds and two steals, Alison Eichelberger two points, one rebound and one steal, Bridgette Lutz two points and one steal, Addie Hubach three steals and one rebound and Addy Nichols with one rebound.
As for the LSE boys, they were outscored in all four quarters and trailed OLLIS 19-11 at the half and 33-17 after three quarters of play. OLLIS also held a 14-7 advantage in the fourth.
LSE coach Doug Austin said the Pirates played one of their toughest opponents of the year. OLLIS is very athletic and a good ball team,” Austin said. “They did a good job rebounding and putting back their shots. We tried to slow the tempo down and shorten the game. I felt like in the first half we did a pretty good job of doing that as we only gave up 19 points at half. But they made some good adjustments in the second half and outscored us 28-13. Jackson Johns had 10 points and Caidyn Hazel had his best night of the year off the benchy with eight points.”
To go along with his 10 points, Jackson Johns also had seven rebounds, two steals and two assists for LSE, who dropped to 4-4. Caidyn Hazel chipped in eight points and two steals while Garrett Hundley added five points and two assists, Edrissa Bah Lamb one point, Ethan Watson five rebounds and three steals, Jordan Fishburn three rebounds and one steal, Tyson Ellison one rebound and one steal, Cameron Poulsen one steal and one assist and Shane Chamberlain, Connor Acton and Connor Rhorer each with one rebound.
For OLLIS, Block had 18 points and Lee with 15.
For the LSE girls, they also got off to a slow start as OLLIS led 17-7 at the half and 27-13 after three quarters of play.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said the girls played a hard game and never gave up.
Lily Patterson had 10 points for OLLIS.
For LSE, who dropped to 2-6, Payten Black had five points, three rebounds and two steals while Abby Pulliam added five points, four rebounds and one steal, Heather Hall four points and six rebounds, Kinley Fox two points and one rebound, Molly Schuster three rebounds, Hailee Williams two rebounds and Carlie Bishop with one steal.