ANDREW — The Prince of Peace Irish and Andrew Hawks girls basketball teams locked horns in a key Big East Conference battle Tuesday night.

No. 14 Prince of Peace led just once — 14-13 early in the second quarter as Andrew, which was previously ranked, got a game-high 20 points from Megan Johnson while its zone defense frustrated the Irish on the way to a 48-42 win.

The Andrew boys made it a sweep of the girl/boy doubleheader, building a 17-point lead, then holding off the pesky Irish in a 62-53 win.

The Prince of Peace girls entered Tuesday’s action at 16-2 overall and 8-1 in the Big East with a half-game lead atop the league. The Lady Hawks (15-2, 6-2) came in as one of four conference teams with two losses.

Andrew hit three quick 3-pointers as it jumped in front 11-6 after the first five minutes. Johnson, one of the Hawks’ four junior starters, hit two of the treys and sophomore starter Michelle Deppe (9 points) the other.

The Irish pulled even, scoring the last five points of the opening quarter as sophomore starter Lauren Ryan (6 points) hit one of two free throws, senior starter Kelli Krogman got a bucket and freshman Brooke Craig, who scored 13 points, added a hoop.

After a fast-break bucket by Andrew junior starter Tara Kilburg (7 points), Craig gave Prince of Peace its first and only lead of the game when she drained a 3-pointer to make it 14-13 with 5:05 left in the first half.

The Hawks responded with a 9-2 burst to take a 22-16 lead late in the half. Andrew led 22-18 at the break.

Trailing 24-18 the Irish used a 7-2 flurry to make it a one-point game. The run included a pair of free throws by junior starter Tori Isenhour, who scored a team-high 14 points, 10 in the second half, a fast-break bucket by Craig, and a three-point play by Isenhour, making it 26-25 midway through the third quarter.

After a bucket by Hawks junior starter Tiffany Till (10 points, 8 in the second half), Craig hit another bucket to make it 28-27 with 1:48 left in the period.

Andrew led 30-27 heading to the fourth quarter.

The Hawks opened the final frame with a 6-2 spurt to take their largest lead of seven at 36-29 with 4:54 to play. Andrew led by seven twice more, the latter at 41-34 after a bucket by Till with 1:48 remaining.

The hoop came while Prince of Peace junior starter Alyssa Kenney was writhing in pain on the other end of the floor after going down with an apparent ankle injury. She was sidelined for the rest of the game.

The Irish made one last run as Craig hit a shot before Isenhour knocked down a pair of free throws and later added a 3-pointer to make it 44-41 with 43 seconds left.

Deppe was fouled with 38 seconds remaining and missed both of her free throws, but the Hawks came up with the rebound and Johnson was fouled with 33 seconds on the clock. She made her free throws to make it 46-41.

Prince of Peace senior starter Emma Nelson hit one of two free throws with 18 seconds left before Johnson finished the scoring with a pair of free throws with 14 seconds left. Johnson was 6-for-6 from the line in the fourth quarter.

“We’ve got to get back to putting the ball up from the outside,” Irish girls coach Dave Nelson said. “They did a nice job defending us. They deserve a lot of credit. They beat us.”

Boys Game

The boys matchup was tightly-contested for the first quarter and a half.

The Irish (5-12, 2-8) jumped in front 5-1 with a bucket by sophomore starter Dan Schnier (15 points, 11 in the second half) and a 3-pointer by senior starter Zach Schmitz, who scored a game-high 18 points, 12 in the fourth quarter.

The score was tied at 9 after one quarter.

Andrew (12-7, 6-2) began to take control in the second period, outscoring Prince of Peace 18-6 in the quarter to build a 27-15 halftime advantage.

The Hawks continued a 10-0 burst to end the first half and start the second as they took their largest lead of 17 at 32-15.

The Irish shaved the margin to 10 at 33-23 after buckets by sophomore Ben Lehmkuhl and Schmitz.

But, Andrew scored the next seven points to go back up by 17 with 1:27 left in the third quarter. The Hawks led 41-26 heading to the fourth quarter.

Prince of Peace continued to battle down the stretch, working within eight on three occasions, the last at 61-53 with just 12 seconds left after a 3-pointer by sophomore starter Drew Sikkema.

Andrew’s Curtis Roeder, Michael Smith and Eric Veach, three of the Hawks’ all-junior starters, scored 16, 11 and 10 points, respectively.

“We kept fighting and didn’t give up, but the first half had to be our worst shooting half of the year,” Prince of Peace boys coach Gerry Murphy said. “Rebounding was the key. Andrew is a real good rebounding team. We didn’t get the job done in that area and that was the difference.”


Score by Quarters

Prince of Peace 11 7 9 15 — 42

Andrew 11 11 8 18 — 48



Emma Nelson 0 1-2 1, Kelli Krogman 2 0-2 4, Tori Isenhour 4 5-5 14, Alyssa Kenney 1 0-0 2, Lauren Ryan 2 2-4 6, Brooke Craig 6 0-0 13, Kimberly Bertram 1 0-0 2, Alexandra Drury 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 8-13 42.


Whitley Clasen 1 0-0 2, Michelle Deppe 4 0-1 9, Megan Johnson 6 6-8 20, Tiffany Till 5 0-2 10, Tara Kilburg 1 5-8 7, Megan Johannsen 0 0-0 0, Brittney Dieters 0 0-0 0, Dana Bormann 0 0-0 0. Totals 17 11-19 48.

3-point goals—POP 2 (Craig, Isenhour); Andrew 3 (Johnson 2, Deppe). Total fouls—POP 21, Andrew 14. Fouled out—POP (Isenhour, Krogman); Andrew (Clasen).

Records—Prince of Peace 16-3, 8-2; Andrew 15-2, 6-2. Next games—Midland at Prince of Peace, Friday; Andrew at Bellevue Marquette, Thursday.


Score by Quarters

Prince of Peace 9 6 11 27 — 53

Andrew 9 18 14 21 — 62



Zach Schmitz 7 2-4 18, Ben Carr 3 2-3 8, Dan Schnier 5 5-5 15, Drew Sikkema 1 1-4 4, Ben Lehmkuhl 2 1-2 5, Keaton Connell 0 0-0 0, Luke Roling 1 1-2 3, Bob Goldbeck 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 12-20 53.


Billy Veach 2 4-6 8, Eric Veach 3 4-6 10, Michael Smith 4 1-2 11, Curtis Roeder 7 1-2 16, J.C. Cornelius 2 4-8 8, Andrew Kilburg 3 0-0 7, Andy Dunne 0 0-0 0, Corey Manders 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 14-24 62.

3-point goals—POP 3 (Schmitz 2, Sikkema); Andrew 4 (Smith 2, Kilburg, Roeder). Total fouls—POP 18, Andrew 21.

Records—Prince of Peace 5-12, 2-8; Andrew 12-7, 6-2. Next games—Midland at Prince of Peace, Friday; Andrew at Bellevue Marquette, Thursday.

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