Panthers start slow, then cruise to EWC win

CAMPBELLSPORT – The Plymouth Panthers shook off a slow start to win going away, 63-47, over Campbellsport in girls basketball action here Tuesday night.

The victory was the Panthers’ fifth straight and improved their Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 9-2 (14-4 overall). The Cougars slipped to 4-7 in the EWC (7-10 overall).

PHS trailed 12-10 after one quarter and then outscored the Cougars 53-35 the rest of the game, sparked by its defense which forced several turnovers and many of them led to points. For the game, the Panthers’ defense caused 26 turnovers.

The Panthers broke the game open by outscoring Campbellsport 22-13 in the third period to build a 48-36 lead. PHS had an 8-0 run to start the quarter. Senior guard Marissa Grapentine sparked Plymouth’s attack in the quarter with seven of her 11 points.

“We got the ball inside more in the second half and attacked the basket more,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“Sophia Kiela had a real good overall game. Marissa was a spark for us in the third quarter. Nikki Reil played well.”

Kiela led PHS in scoring with 16 points and Reil had 12 off the bench. Kaily Moegenburg contributed a double-double with 10 points and a team-high 13 rebounds.

Kiela and Rachel Holzhaeuser paced PHS in assists with four each. Rachael Cecka had a team-high four steals. Kiela and Grapentine had three apiece.

PLYMOUTH 63

CAMPBELLSPORT 47

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…............10 16 22 15 – 63
Campbellsport........12 11 13 11 – 47

Plymouth scoring: Rachael Cecka 6, Kaily Moegenburg 10, Sophia Kiela 16, Sara Thompson 2, Marissa Grapentine 11, Rachel Holzhaeuser 6, Nikki Reil 12.

Campbellsport scoring: Nicole Hepp 2, Paige Birschbach 13, Micaela Ward 2, Brooke Birschbach 5, Abby Gierach 10, Kim Majerus 2, Tiffani Anderson 4, Haley Feucht 9.

Three-point goals: Kiela 2, Grapentine 1, Holzhaeuser 1, P. Birschbach 3.

Field goals: Plymouth 26-63, 41%; Campbellsport 19-51, 37%. Free throws: Plymouth 7-11, 64%; Campbellsport 2-6, 33%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 39, Campbellsport 35. Turnovers: Plymouth 15, Campbellsport 26 .___________________________


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