After dropping their opening games Monday night in the Sacred Heart Tournament, the Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls seventh grade basketball teams bounced back with two wins on Tuesday by beating Northwest of Hughesville by the scores of 33-31 and 34-24, respectively.
For the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, who improved to 4-9 on the season, they led Northwest 17-9 at the half and 27-19 after three quarters of play but then had a game on their hands in the final period as the Mustangs rallied back with a 12-6 advantage to cut the lead back to two.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald said what a game.
“We led the entire game until the remaining two minutes,” Oswald said. “Northwest hit some incredible shots in the fourth quarter to eventually take the lead. I have to give my kids credit though. We were down three with under a minute to go and we never gave up. Levi Jeffries hit two big free throws to cut the game to one with about 20 seconds to go. Our press then le to a turnover. We had 10 seconds remaining and we designed a play to get a good shot. I have to admit the kids executed the play perfectly. Levi made a very good basketball decision and took what the defense gave him. He made a very good pass to Henry Rohrbach, who knocked down the game winner with 4.4 seconds remaining. I am so proud of the kids. We have faced some tough competition all year and it was fun to see them smile after such a hard fought game. Those games are fun to play, but they are even more fun when we come out on top.”
Levi Jeffries had the high game for Ss. Peter & Paul with 12 points, two rebounds and two steals. Rhodes Leonard finished the game with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals while Henry Rohrbach added eight points and three rebounds, Eli Stock two points and two rebounds, Ben Lutz four rebounds and Luis Green and Adam Nave each with two rebounds.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul girls, they took a different approach against Northwest while leading from start to finish.
Although Northwest outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 16-15 in the second half, the Lady Warriors jumped out on top early by outscoring the Mustangs 11-8 in the first and 8-0 in the second to go up 19-8.
“We got off to a good start and took the lead early,” said Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt. “We played good solid defense and were able to keep the ball in the middle of the court on their press and that was key to controlling the tempo.  Everyone stepped up last night and really worked together.  We finish our season out on Friday night against Stover.”
Addy Nichols led the scoring attack for Ss. Peter & Paul, who improved to 8-4 on the season, with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Addie Hubach finished the game with 10 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists while Bridgette Lutz added three points, three rebounds, three steals and two assists, Alison Eichelberger three points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Carlie Daniel two points and one steal, Alison Drummond one point, eight rebounds and four steals, Kylee Turner two steals and Kelly Young with one rebound.
Ss. Peter & Paul drops two against Sacred Heart
The Ss. Peter & Paul boys and girls seventh grade basketball teams fell in the opening round of the Sacred Heart Tournament Monday night by losing to the host team by the scores of 47-12 and 22-21, respectively.
The Lady Warriors, dropping to 7-4 on the season, opened the first half with a 15-11 lead against Sacred Heart but was outscored 11-6 in the second half.
“We got off to a good start and took the lead early,” said Ss. Peter & Paul coach Sarah Ronnfeldt. “Then we got our post players in foul trouble and that hurt us.  We stopped doing the things we were excelling at in the first quarter and allowed them to get back in the game.  By this time, we were in foul trouble and had to work our way back.  We did put ourselves in a position to win the game and we led with three seconds left in the game.  They hit a buzzer beater to win the game.  Our girls fought so hard during that fourth quarter even with two starters on the bench who had fouled out.  Everyone stepped up and played out of  position and made a difference in the game.”
Addy Nichols led the scoring attack in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul with six points and eight rebounds. Allison Drummond finished the game with five points, six rebounds, one steal and one assist while Carlie Daniel added three points, three rebounds and three steals, Bridgette Lutz two points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Alison Eichelberger two points, one rebound and one steal, Kelly Young two points and one rebound and Addie Hubach with one point, six rebounds, two steals and two assists.
As for the Ss. Peter & Paul boys, they had the opposite start while trailing Sacred Heart 21-0 after one and 23-4 at the half. Sacred Heart also outscored the Warriors 24-8 in the second half.
Ss. Peter & Paul coach Evan Oswald said another hard loss for the seventh grade team. “It’s been a hard year for these kids,” Oswald said. “We have played a majority of our games versus eighth grade teams. We are getting better, even though it might not show in our record. I keep telling the kids all these tough opponents we are playing, will prepare us that much more for the next season. Sacred Heart was extremely good all night long. They really kept us out of our comfort zone. At least we get to put this game behind us and play another game tomorrow night.”
Eli Stock had the high game for Ss. Peter & Paul’s seventh grade, who dropped to 3-9, with six points and three rebounds. Levi Jeffries finished the game with two points and two rebounds while Ross Brackman added two points, Henry Rohrbach one point and three rebounds, Ben Lutz also with one point and Rhodes Leonard with three rebounds.