The Ss. Peter & Paul boys eighth grade basketball team had the perfect ending to the season Wednesday night in the St. Andrews of Tipton Tournament.
While playing in the third place game, the Warriors defeated New Franklin by a score of 37-27.
“It was a great way to finish off our season,” said Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald. “We didn’t play our best game, but we gutted it out until the very end. New Franklin is a very good team but we played extremely hard. The boys really wanted to finish off their Ss. Peter & Paul careers on a winning note. I am extremely proud of all my kids. They played some tough competition all year, but never backed down from anybody. It was fun to see all the smiles on their faces after the game. I sure am going to miss coaching this great group of kids, but I’ll look to follow them in their future.”
The game was close up until the final two periods with Ss. Peter & Paul holding a 24-14 advantage. Both teams went into the half tied at 13-all, with New Franklin winning the first quarter 6-5 and Ss. Peter & Paul owning the second quarter 8-7. The Warriors also outscored New Franklin by the identical scores of 12-7 in the third and fourth quarter.
As for the scoring in the ballgame, Colby Caton tossed in a game-high 21 points while Owen Armentrout had 10, Bryson Wessing four and Carter Rowlett with two.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls eighth grade basketball team, they fell in the third place game against St. Peters of Marshall 45-28.
The Lady Warriors, who closed out the season at 9-6 overall, trailed St. Peters of Marshall by just six (24-18) at the half but was outscored 19-10 in the second half.
“I was very proud of the way our girls played last night,” said Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt. “We got in foul trouble early with all of our post players and that hurt us.  St. Peters was a big physical team and we put them on the line a lot.  They just don’t miss when they shoot free throws and that was the difference in this game.  We handled the pressure very well and worked the ball well.  Madison Smith finally came into her own under the basket on offence and that really helped us out.  Overall we played great defence as a team, we just couldn’t pull out the win.”
Madison Smith led the scoring attack for Ss. Peter & Paul with 10 points along with four rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal.
Abby Fuemmeler finished the game with four points, five rebounds and one steal while Alison Eichelberger added four points, two steals and one rebound, Zoey Lang four points, one rebound and one steal, Katelyn Smith two points, four rebounds and one steal, Addie Hubach two points and four steals, Bridgette Lutz two points, two rebounds and one steal and Leah Ziegelbein with three rebounds and one steal.