LSE girls win two against Ss. Peter & Paul

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News

The LSE girls seventh and eighth grade basketball team won two games against arch-rival Ss. Peter & Paul Thursday night at LSE by beating the Lady Warriors 29-28 and 39-25, respectively.

In the seventh grade game, the Lady Warriors led LSE 6-2 after one and 12-8 at the half but was outscored 17-8 in the third quarter to trail 25-20. Meanwhile, in the final period, Ss. Peter & Paul held a 8-4 advantage to cut the lead back to one.

LSE seventh grade coach Amanda Rhorer said the girls started the game off pretty flat, but was able to bounce back and cut into the lead going into halftime. “We had a lot of success pressing in the third quarter,” Rhorer said. “The girls did a very good job of holding their composure and coming through at the end of a very close battle. I am very proud of this group of girls, and I enjoy being able to witness their successes each game.”

Olivia Davis led the scoring attack in the game for LSE, 3-1, with 12 points along with six rebounds and one steal. Aubrey Ritchie finished the game with six points, four rebounds and three steals, while Marley Schuster added four points, three rebounds and one steal, Grace Poulsen three points, three rebounds and one assist, Emma Pfeiffer two points, two rebounds and one steal, and Kameryn Sosa with two points and three rebounds.

Ss. Peter & Paul coach Carol Griffin said this was a great test for the girls. “This let’s us know how hard you work in practice, it pays off,” Griffin said. “Even though it was a loss I love how the girls never gave up and fought to the end,” Griffin said. Olivia challenged us with her size and intimidated some of the girls. Both teams did what they were supposed to. We knew it was going to be a good game and it was every bit of it. I look forward to the next time we meet. I would rather us play and coach games like this every night. It shows girls basketball is exciting to watch and play. We had several opportunities on fast breaks to put the game away but execution of the layups didn’t favor us tonight.”

Charlotte Rohrbach had the game high for Ss. Peter & Paul, 2-2, with 13 points, five steals and three rebounds. Katelyn Drummond finished the game with nine points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist, while Isabel Alvizo added four points, four steals, three rebounds and two assists, Elizabeth Eichelberger two points, six rebounds and three steals, Ellise Gramlich three rebounds, and Aubrey Frederick and Avery Rapp each with one rebound.

In the eighth grade game, LSE opened the game by outscoring Ss. Peter & Paul 9-6 in the first and 10-7 in the second to lead at the half by a score of 19-13. The Lady Pirates also outscored Ss. Peter & Paul 11-5 in the third quarter to extend the lead to 30-18. Meanwhile, in the final period, LSE held a 9-7 advantage to win the game by 14.

LSE coach Tara Brackman said the stats may not represent it, but each one of the girls really contributed to this win. “We had some players come off the bench and execute their position on defense very well, which contributed to some steals and turnovers for Ss. Peter & Paul,” Brackman said. “First half I did not feel we were really playing to our potential, but the second half we started to come alive and really became more aggressive defensively. This was a solid team effort by all nine of our girls. Ss. Peter & Paul has a great team. It will be fun to watch all these girls in the future when they all become teammates at the high school level. I felt the game was closer than the score represents and thought both teams really played hard.”

Effie Morris and Karagyn Cooper tied for the team high for LSE, 3-1, with 13 points. Morris also had four steals, two assists and one rebound in the game, while Cooper finished the game with three steals. Rowan Stock chipped in six points, one rebound and one steal, while Lorelai Hunziker had three points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist, Mylie Schuster three points, one steal and one assist, Beth Giroux four rebounds and four steals, Maggie Schuster one rebound and one steal, Kamrynn Hundley and Andi Hein each with one steal.

Ss. Peter & Paul coach Blake Oswald said this was a tough game to say the least. “LSE matched up very well with us and was able to find open shots that distanced themselves from us,” Oswald said. “Offensively, we didn’t move the ball around well enough to create those same opportunities. When we did, we were able to find open shots near the basket. Defensively, we didn’t anticipate passes like we had in game’s past. Again, when we did, we created some opportunities for ourselves. We’ll bounce back, we’ll work harder than before, and get better. This is a great group of girls, they know what they need to do and will work hard to get where we, as a team, want to be.”

Bella Imhoff paced all scorers in the game for Ss. Peter & Paul, 3-1, with 11 points, three rebounds and one steal. Kylie Imhoff finished the game with six points, three steals and one rebound, while Mabry Caton added three points, four rebounds and two steals, Lauren Thompson three points, three rebounds and one steal, Ellise Kirchner two points and two rebounds, Addison Johnson four rebounds and one steal, Delaney Rowlett two rebounds and one steal, and Hillary James with one rebound and one steal.