Defense propels Panthers to EWC win


SARA THOMPSON, Plymouth guard, takes the ball to the basket against New Holstein’s Tori Zipperer (24) and an unidentifi ed teammate in Thursday’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley SARA THOMPSON, Plymouth guard, takes the ball to the basket against New Holstein’s Tori Zipperer (24) and an unidentifi ed teammate in Thursday’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers’ defense has been strong all season and it stepped up again here Thursday on Senior Night to key a 46-34 win over New Holstein in girls basketball action.

PHS, which stretched its winning streak to seven, improved to 11-2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (16-4 overall). The Panthers have wrapped up second place in the league. Sheboygan Falls clinched the EWC title with a 52-35 win over Waupun Thursday night to go to 13-0 in the conference.

New Holstein fell to 0-13 in the EWC (1-18 overall).

“Our defense is what won it for us. We held them to single digits in every quarter,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

The Panthers forced 25 turnovers with a combination of manto man, full-court press and halfcourt trap defenses. New Holstein outshot PHS from the field, 39-29 percent but the Panthers led in three-pointers, 5-1, and attempted 22 more shots.

PHS broke the game in the second half by outscoring the Huskies 26-16.

The Panthers took a 14-9 lead after one quarter when Marissa Grapentine buried a three-pointer with 10 seconds left. The Huskies wouldn’t go away as they outscored PHS 9-6 in the second period to pull within 20-18 at halftime. PHS could’ve had a larger lead but was unable to finish on several good scoring chances inside.

Senior guard Marissa Grapentine paced PHS in scoring with 13 points and Rachel Holzhaeuser had 10. Rachael Cecka led in rebounding with 11 and steals, three. Kaily Moegenburg grabbed eight boards.

Grapentine, Holzhaeuser and Moegenburg added two steals each. Sara Thompson, Moegenburg and Cecka led the team in assists with two apiece.

“Marissa had a very good overall game. Rachael Cecka was a monster on the boards,” said Shutter.

“Rachel Holzhaeuser had a steady overall game. Kaylee Kuhn did a good job off the bench.”

PHS dominated the boards with a 32-19 edge, including a 20-4 advantage on offense.

Tori Zipperer and Tara Zipperer were the Huskies’ top scorers with 11 each.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

Balanced scoring and an outstanding defense sparked the Panthers to a 78-21 romp in the JV contest. PHS, which won the EWC title, improved to 13-0 in the league (18-1 overall).

The PHS defense forced a whopping 46 turnovers, including a season high 29 steals. Jordyn Pieper had a team-high six steals, followed by Morgan Lisowe and Abby Payne with five each.

“We played great defense again and all of the players scored points,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

Pieper paced the Panther attack with 16 points. Payne hit 14, and Olivia Jankowski and Cassy Sippel added 11 and 10, respectively. Hayley Mueller led in rebounds with eight, followed by Lisowe and Pieper with six each. Lisowe had a team-best five assists.

NEW HOLSTEIN 34

PLYMOUTH 46

Score by Quarters
NewHolstein...................9 9 610–34
Plymouth…...................14 6 13 13 – 46

New Holstein scoring: Tori Zipperer 11, Tara Zipperer 11, Laiken Meyer 4, Tristen Guelig 4, Karissa Preston 2, Karli Fannin 2.

Plymouth scoring: Rachel Holzhaeuser 10, Rachael Cecka 7, Kaily Moegenburg 5, Nikki Reil 6, Marissa Grapentine 13, Kaylee Kuhn 5.

Three-point goals: Tara Zipperer 1, Grapentine 3, Kuhn 1, Holzhaeuser 1.

Field goals: New Holstein 13-33, 39%; Plymouth 16-55, 29%. Free throws: New Holstein 7-9, 78%; Plymouth 9-14, 64%.

Rebounds: New Holstein 19, Plymouth 32. Turnovers: New Holstein 25, Plymouth 11.


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