Teamwork, effort key Panthers' banner season

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS basketball squad enjoyed a strong 2012-13 season. The Panthers finished second in the EWC at 12-2 and were 19-5 overall. Team members include (front row, left to right) Rachael Cecka, Sophia Kiela, (middle row) Mackenzie Haese, Sara Thompson, Marissa Grapentine, Rachel Holzhaeuser, Kaylee Kuhn, (back row) manager Mariah Grimm, Mckenna Nischke, Emily Brown, Nikki Reil, Kaily Moegenburg, Georgia Wise and head coach Brad Shutter. — Photo by Lori Fahrenholtz THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS basketball squad enjoyed a strong 2012-13 season. The Panthers finished second in the EWC at 12-2 and were 19-5 overall. Team members include (front row, left to right) Rachael Cecka, Sophia Kiela, (middle row) Mackenzie Haese, Sara Thompson, Marissa Grapentine, Rachel Holzhaeuser, Kaylee Kuhn, (back row) manager Mariah Grimm, Mckenna Nischke, Emily Brown, Nikki Reil, Kaily Moegenburg, Georgia Wise and head coach Brad Shutter. — Photo by Lori Fahrenholtz PLYMOUTH – Strong team play on offense and defense fueled the Plymouth Panthers’ outstanding 2012-13 girls basketball season.

The Panthers finished 19-5 overall – the most wins PHS has had since the 2004-05 team went 18-5 – and took second in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with a 12-2 record. The Panthers defeated Ashwaubenon in the Division 2 semifinals, 65-51, and lost a 56-55 heartbreaker to Pulaski in the finals.

“It was a very good season. Nineteen wins is quite an accomplishment,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

How hard the Panthers played and how well they played as a team on both ends of the floor impressed Shutter the most about his team.

He pointed out the main keys to the team’s successful season:

“The ability to defend, senior leadership and getting contributions from a number of different players.”

The Panthers allowed only an average of 43.9 points per game while scoring at a 55.3 clip.

Shutter said the highlights of the campaign were a 10-game winning streak and advancing to the regional finals. The winning streak ended with the loss at No. 2-seeded Pulaski. Plymouth was a No. 3 regional seed.

Asked what he will remember the most about this team, Shutter responded, “The seniors and how they stepped up to lead this team.”

The coach shared some other special memories of the season: Kaily Moegenburg’s 28 points versus Kiel, Rachel Holzhaeuser’s game against West Bend East, Marissa Grapentine playing very well against Pulaski and Howards Grove, and Rachael Cecka’s first-half performance versus Ashwaubenon.

Shutter thought Cecka and Moegenburg had really good seasons but emphasized that it was a team effort. Cecka was named to the All-EWC first team for the second straight year and Moegenburg earned second-team honors this past season.

Shutter thanked his assistant coaches, Mike Gumm and Christina Moore, for their help; the fans and parents for their support; Bill Barber, the team's bus driver; and team statistician Randy Schmitz who did the scorebooks for away games.

Shutter looked ahead to next season.

“We are losing a lot but the juniors will step up and become our leaders. We had a good junior varsity team this year, so many of them will need to step up and contribute as well,” he said.

The JV team won the EWC crown with a 14-0 record and was 21-1 overall.

FINAL STATS, AWARDS

Cecka, a senior forward, had a strong overall season. She led PHS in scoring, rebounding, steals, overall field goals, two- pointers and free throws made.

Grapentine, a senior guard, was the assist leader. Moegenburg, a accuracy at 39.1 (25 of 64) and three-point goals.

Senior guard Sophia Kiela was the top free-throw shooter (with at least 10 attempts) at 69.0 percent.

The entire PHS team earned varsity letters. Awards were given to the Panthers’ leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, freethrow shooting, three-point goals, free throws made and twopoint goals.

FINAL PLYMOUTH GIRLS
BASKETBALL STATISTICS
Scoring Leaders

Pts. Avg.
Rachael Cecka………........281 11.7
Kaily Moegenburg..........…259 10.8

Rebounding Leaders

No. Avg.
Cecka………........................197 8.2
Moegenburg.…….................154 6.4

Steal Leaders

No. Avg.
Cecka……….........................60 2.5
Marissa Grapentine.…….......52 2.5

Assist Leaders

No. Avg.
Grapentine............................51 2.4
Cecka.……...........................50 2.1


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