Panthers stay atop EWC

PHS plays at Waupun Thursday in title showdown

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers remained in sole possession of the Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball lead with a 49-44 win over New Holstein Thursday night at the PHS gym.

PHS hiked its EWC record to 11-1 (15-4 overall) and stayed one game ahead of second-place Waupun (10-2 in EWC). The Warriors edged Kiel, 40-38, Thursday night in league play.

The Panthers, who defeated Waupun last month, can clinch the outright EWC title with a victory over the Warriors Thursday night at Waupun. Both teams have two EWC games remaining.

Plymouth’s defense came up huge in the third quarter – holding the Huskies scoreless. The Panthers’ 10- 0 scoring advantage in the period increased their lead to 35-24.

The Huskies rallied back to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter but the Panthers used clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch to earn the win. PHS sank eight free throws in the final period.

“It was a very good team effort. We had very balanced scoring,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“We clamped down on the defensive end in the third quarter. We limited them to one shot and didn’t give up easy shots. We forced them to shoot mostly from the outside.

“We knew it would be a very good game. They have two really good players in Chelsi Cash and Amelia Mirsberger. We made them work for everything they got,” Shutter said.

Cash led the Huskies in scoring with 16 points. The senior center exploded for a team-high nine points in the fourth quarter that saw New Holstein outscore PHS 20-14.

Ali Thompson, a senior guard-forward, sparked the Panthers’ offense with 14 points. Thompson shot and excellent 60 percent (6 of 10) from the field. Senior guard Kaitlyn Hoffmann contributed 12.

Thompson had an impressive start with nine points in the opening quarter, including a three-pointer, to propel her team to a 17-14 lead.

“New Holstein started out in a box-and-one [defense] on Kaitlyn and we were able to get the ball to Ali. I’m very proud of Ali and the way she stepped up,” Shutter said.

“Ali grew up in New Holstein and went to elementary school with a lot of their players, and this game meant a lot more to her. Ali has a knack for finding the open spot against a zone and she hit a big three.”

The Panthers, who used a combination of man-to-man and 1-3-1 zone defenses, held the Huskies to 33- percent shooting from the field and forced 20 turnovers. New Holstein was only 4 of 19 from three-point range.

Senior center Chrissy Perl led PHS in rebounding with 10. Amanda Gumm handed out a team-high four assists. Hoffmann led in steals with four and Thompson had three.

“Chrissy’s 10 boards [six on offense] were huge and she was 2-for-2 at the free-throw line,” Shutter pointed out.

The Huskies slipped to 7-5 in the EWC (9-7 overall).

Cash led the Huskies on the boards with 12 rebounds. Mirsberger had a team-high four assists.

JV, FROSH GAMES

The Panthers showed good balanced scoring as they rolled to a 60-24 junior varsity win. PHS improved to 11-1 in the EWC (17-2 overall).

Nikki Reil paced PHS in scoring with 17 points, followed by Kaily Moegenberg with 14 and Mikaela Holdridge, 10.

Moegenberg had a team-high 10 boards and four assists. Reil had eight rebounds. Holdridge led in steals with five.

“Our strong defense allows us to control the tempo, and created scoring opportunities for everyone,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

The Panthers evened their EWC freshman record at 6-6 with a 37-24 win. Liz Fohr paced PHS in scoring with nine points.

Breinne Cain led PHS in rebounds with eight. Brooke Reichert had a team-best five steals.

“The girls played a solid fourth quarter and shot great from the free-throw line. I was very proud of the whole team,” said Panther coach Angie Wachter.

NEW 44
HOLSTEIN
PLYMOUTH 49

Score by Quarters New Holstein……….....14 10 0 20 – 44 Plymouth……………..…17 8 10 14 – 49

New Holstein scoring: Chelsi Cash 16, Amelia Mirsberger 13, Lauren Voelker 6, Brooke Mittag 5, Danielle Brenner 2, Tristan Guelig 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kaitlyn Hoffmann 12, Amanda Gumm 6, Ali Thompson 14, Rachael Cecka 6, Rachel Holzhaeuser 7, Chrissy Perl 2, Marissa Grapentine 2.

Three-point goals: Cash 2, Mirsberger 2, Thompson 1.

Field goals: New Holstein 15-45, 33%; Plymouth 17-59, 29%. Free throws: New Holstein 10-18, 56%; Plymouth 14- 22, 64%. ___________________________ Rebounds: New Holstein 28, Plymouth 36. Turnovers: New Holstein 20, Plymouth 19.


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