Fast start sparks Panthers’ EWC win

¦ Six-point first quarter lead stands up for win


ERIKA VAN ENGEN (left) of Sheboygan Falls and Plymouth’s Nikki Reil battle for the ball during Thursday’s EWC basketball game. PHS won, 45-35, and followed that up with a 51-48 win at Waupun Tuesday night. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley ERIKA VAN ENGEN (left) of Sheboygan Falls and Plymouth’s Nikki Reil battle for the ball during Thursday’s EWC basketball game. PHS won, 45-35, and followed that up with a 51-48 win at Waupun Tuesday night. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley WAUPUN – Plymouth grabbed the lead at the start and led the rest of the way en route to a 51-48 girls basketball victory over host Waupun Tuesday night.

The Panthers hiked their Eastern Wisconsin Conference record to 2-0 (2-2 overall). The Warriors slipped to 1-1 in the EWC (2-2 overall).

PHS was up 19-13 after one quarter, keyed by freshman forward Gwen Streblow’s six points on a pair of three-point goals. The Panthers’ press forced several turnovers in the first quarter and PHS attacked the basket well.

The Panthers built a 35-27 halftime lead.

The Panthers’ attack went cold in the second half – scoring only 17 points – but held off a late rally by Waupun. The Warriors came as close as two in the fourth quarter.

Nikki Reil sank two free throws and Streblow and Jordyn Pieper each hit a field goal late in the contest to help seal the win.

“The girls showed a lot of toughness [holding on to the lead]. This was a team effort,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

Streblow led a balanced offense with 12 points. Six Panthers tallied at least six points. Senior forward Kaily Moegenburg had a teamhigh seven rebounds, six assists and three steals.

Shutter said senior guard Kaylee Kuhn did a good job off the bench with nine points and sophomore forward Olivia Jankowski hit some big free throws. Jankowski was 4-for-4 at the foul line.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers raised their EWC JV record to 2-0 (3-0 overall) with an 80-14 rout. Kalei Hering led a balanced PHS attack with 14 points. Abi Smrz added 12, followed by Sophie Albert and Hayley Mueller at 11 each and Lydia Rhude, 10.

Plymouth’s defense forced a whopping 45 turnovers. Emily Majerus paced PHS in steals with an impressive 10. Smrz led in rebounds with seven. Rhude and Hering had a team-high six assists each.

PLYMOUTH 51

WAUPUN 48

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…..............19 16 6 11 – 51
Waupun....................13 14 9 12 – 48

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 9, Jordyn Pieper 7, Mackenzie Haese 3, Kaily Moegenburg 7, Nikki Reil 7, Gwen Streblow 12, Olivia Jankowski 6. Three-point goals: Pieper 1, Haese 1, Streblow 3.

Waupun scoring: Kelsey Thompson 14, Danielle Hopp 10, Alex Yedinak 2, McKenna Keach 2, Emily Peterson 5, Kayla Bonak 6, Ronna Woock 3, Taylor Dolske 6. Three-point goals: Thompson 3, Hopp 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 18-45, 40%; Waupun 13-45, 29%. Free throws: Plymouth 10-14, 71%; Waupun 18-21, 86%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 21, Waupun 20. Turnovers: Plymouth 19, Waupun 21.


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