The Ss. Peter & Paul girls seventh grade basketball team improved to 6-3 on the season by turning back St. Peters of Marshall Tuesday night in Boonville 26-18.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they also won against St. Peters of Marshall 22-16.
Although the Lady Warriors wound up winning by eight, St. Peters of Marshall led 8-4 at the end of the first quarter. However it was pretty much all Ss. Peter & Paul after that while holding a 12-2 advantage in the second quarter to go up 16-10. The Lady Warriors also outscored St. Peters of Marshall 10-8 in the second half.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt said this was the best the girls have played as a team yet. “The girls all moved the ball really well and worked to get good shots,” Ronnfeldt said. “Alison Eichelberger did a great job of shutting down St. Peters playmaker and that was a huge part of our game plan. This was a big team effort and I am proud of the team as a whole.”
Bridgette Lutz, Alison Eichelberger, Allison Drummond and Addy Nichols each finished the game with six points for Ss. Peter & Paul. Drummond also had six rebounds and five assists while Nichols added three rebounds, three assists and two steals, Eichelberger three steals, three assists and one rebound and Lutz with four steals, one rebound and one assist.
Kylee Turner chipped in two points and two steals while Addie Hubach added four steals and two rebounds and Ava Esser with one assist and one steal.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, who improved to 3-8 on the season, they trailed St. Peters of Marshall 4-1 after first period’s end before rallying back with a 10-3 advantage in the second quarter to go up 11-7. Meanwhile after St. Peters of Marshall outscored the Warriors 7-5 in the third quarter to cut the lead to two at 16-14, Ss. Peter & Paul came back and held a 6-2 scoring edge in the final period for the victory.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald said this was hands down the best game of the season. “We didn’t score a lot of points but we really played our butts off on the defensive end,” Oswald said. “Rhodes Leonard was an animal tonight. He took it upon himself to go after every rebound. We did a real good job applying pressure and making them shoot out of their comfort zone. I was extremely pleased with our effort. We haven’t had much time to practice recently, but the kids really played a well balanced game tonight. It’ll be fun to see if they can do the same thing Thursday night versus Columbia independent.”
Rhodes Leonard finished the game with a double-double for Ss. Peter & Paul with 10 points and 15 rebounds. He also had two steals.
Levi Jeffries chipped in five points, four rebounds and two steals while Ross Brackman added four points and six steals, Eli Stock two points and three rebounds, Henry Rohrbach one point, two rebounds and two assists, Ben Lutz four rebounds and two steals, Luis Green three rebounds and Chase Amos with two rebounds and one blocked shot.