Our Lady of Lourdes girls win the title over Oakland 23-20
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls eighth grade basketball team captured the consolation trophies Friday in the annual LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament.
While the Lady Warriors defeated Columbia West 37-28, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys avenged an earlier loss by beating LSE by a score of 42-28.
In the girls championship game, Our Lady of Lourdes defeated Oakland in a close game 23-20.
In the girls fifth place game, the Lady Warriors had a great start against Columbia West by holding a 8-6 advantage in the first and then matching the Vikings with nine points in the second to go up 17-15. However, in the third quarter, Columbia West rallied back with a 9-6 scoring edge to lead by one at 24-23. Ss. Peter & Paul saved its best for last, though, by outscoring Columbia West 14-4 in the final period for the victory.
“I knew this was going to be a close game going into it,” said Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt. “We beat West last week by two points. It is always hard to tell if your team is going to overlook a team you have already beat. We didn't do that. We went out and played hard from the beginning. We handled the press they through at us without panicking. Madison Smith finally found her feet under the basket and came through for us down low. We worked the ball well and finally started blocking out. We had both the outside and low threats with Zoey Lang and Abby Fuemmeler both driving and being comfortable shooting from outside. Abby got to the free throw line quite a bit off the drive and shot 7 of 7. She was on point for us from the line. This was a real team effort and I was very pleased with all of our girls effort.”
Zoey Lang, Abby Fuemmeler and Madison Smith each had 11 points in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul while Leah Ziegelbein and Katelyn Smith added two points each.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they led LSE 13-5 after one, 21-13 at the half and 34-20 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the fourth quarter, the Warriors matched LSE with eight points to win the game by 14.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald said the boys played a really good game defensively.
“Our pressure really gave them fits and forced them out of their comfort zone,” Oswald said. “I was really pleased with the effort each and every kid gave. We continue making great strides and keep getting better on a nightly basis. If we keep playing like this, we will continue giving ourselves a fair chance to win every ball game. We will look to continue this momentum going into next week.”
Owen Armentrout led the Warriors with 18 points along with five rebounds, five steals and three assists. Colby Caton chipped in 13 points, six rebounds and three steals while Max Eckerle added three points, Bryson Wessing two points and two rebounds, Austin Rice two points and two steals, Aaron Vossler and Isaac Marriott each with two points and Carter Rowlett with seven rebounds.
For the LSE boys, who dropped to 5-5 on the season, Jordan Fishburn finished the game with eight points, 12 rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Caidyn Hazel tallied six points, two rebounds and two assists while Cameron Poulsen added six points, two rebounds and two steals, Garrett Hundley four points, three rebounds and one steal, Edrissa Bah Lamb two points and one rebound, Ethan Watson one point and five rebounds, Connor Rhorer one point and one rebound, Tyson Ellison three rebounds, Connor Acton one rebound and one steal and Blake Richardson and Landon Drew each with one rebound.
LSE coach Doug Austin said the boys had a tough time getting the ball down the court and then being able to run an offense.
“STPP did a great job on their press and it really confused our guys,” Austin said. “They forced us into a lot of turnovers which led to some easy baskets. I felt like we played hard the whole time. The guys never gave up until the final buzzer. Jordan Fishburn had a big night with 8 points and 12 boards. Caiden Hazel and Cameron Poulsen also contributed 6 points to the effort.”
Sedalia Smith-Cotton (G) 22
Ss. Peter & Paul 7th 15
The Sedalia Smith-Cotton girls broke a 14-14 tie after three by outscoring Ss. Peter & Paul’s seventh grade 8-1 in the final period for a 22-15 win Thursday night in the third place game in the LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament.
Sedalia Smith-Cotton led the Lady Warriors after the first two periods by the scores of 9-6 and 14-8. However, in the third quarter, Ss. Peter & Paul rallied back with a 6-0 advantage to tie the game at 14-all. Meanwhile, in the final period, Smith-Cotton outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 8-1 to garner the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Mary Grissum said this was a hard loss for the girls as the game was close all the way through the third quarter. “We had three starters in foul trouble early and that hurt us,” Grissum said. “We are out of shape and it showed by the fourth quarter. We were playing tired and lazy defense. We need to continue working on the fundamentals and making smart passes. Alison Eichelberger played hard the entire time and continues to be a leader on the team. It’s always a job to watch her hustle. All the girls need to learn from the mistakes made, and be ready for that next one.”
Allison Drummond had the game-high for Ss. Peter & Paul with four points along with five rebounds and four steals.
Addy Nichols finished the game with three points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist while Addie Hubach added two points, two rebounds and one steal, Bridgette Lutz with two points, one rebound and one steal, Alison Eichelberger with two points, one steal and one assist, Kylee Turner with two points and one assist, Carlie Daniel with three rebounds and Kellie Young with two steals and one assist.
Versailles Black (G) 24
The Versailles Black girls won the seventh place game in the LSE/Ss. Peter & Paul Tournament by beating LSE 24-10 Thursday night at the Ss. Peter & Paul gym.
LSE coach Kaitlyn Nelson said the girls ran a good press breaker and were able to beat that. “We are continually working on things to make us better,” Nelson said.
Abby Pulliam had the high game for LSE, who dropped to 2-8, with four points along with three rebounds and one steal.
Molly Schuster finished the game with two points, seven rebounds and one steal while Carlie Bishop added two points, three steals and one rebound, Payten Black with two points and three rebounds and Heather Hall with five rebounds.