Panthers lose another heartbreaker


JORDYN PIEPER, Plymouth guard, attempts to drive the baseline against Kiel’s Jeana Fale during Friday night’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley JORDYN PIEPER, Plymouth guard, attempts to drive the baseline against Kiel’s Jeana Fale during Friday night’s Eastern Wisconsin Conference basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley GRAFTON – The Plymouth Panthers battled to the end but lost their second straight nail-biter, 44-43, Saturday afternoon against host Grafton in nonconference girls basketball action.

Sophomore guard Katie Hunt hit an 18-foot jumper with only two seconds left to give the Black Hawks the dramatic win. Grafton upped its record to 7-4. PHS, which has lost three in a row to fall to 6-4, was coming off a tough loss to Kiel Friday night, 43-42.

PHS tied the game Saturday at 42-42 on a three-pointer by Jordyn Pieper with less than a minute remaining. Pieper’s free throw with about 18 seconds left gave the Panthers a 43-42 lead.

After Hunt’s basket, Plymouth’s Gwen Streblow missed a desperation shot from midcourt at the buzzer.

“It was a very good game. It was back and forth the whole game,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

Even though his team lost, Shutter thinks the experience gained by playing a good team on the road will help the Panthers the rest of the season. He said this was an important game as far as regional seeding because Grafton and PHS are in the same regional.

Sophomore forward Olivia Jankowski led Plymouth’s balanced attack with nine points off the bench. Kaily Moegenburg had a team-high four assists and five steals.

Nikki Reil paced PHS in rebounds with six. Jordyn Pieper contributed three assists and steals apiece, and Reil had three steals.

“Olivia did a nice job. She attacked the basket well and was able to finish,” Shutter said.

“It was a good defensive battle. Both teams played good defense.”

Zoi Bauer led the Black Hawks’ scoring with 15. Grafton outscored PHS 17-11 at the foul line which proved crucial.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The Panther junior varsity improved to 8-2 with a 77-21 rout. All nine Panthers tallied points, led by Kalei Hering with 15 and Lydia Rhude, 14. Sophie Albert and Skyler Gosse added 12 and 10, respectively.

“It was a great team effort,” said Panther coach Mike Gumm.

Rhude paced PHS in rebounding with an outstanding 16 and Abi Smrz had six. Emily Majerus and Albert had a team-high five steals each. Majerus also led in assists with five.

In freshman play, PHS lost, 40-32. Brooke Fredrickson led the Panthers in scoring with 14. Jordyn Thomas had a team-best six boards.

“Everyone got good minutes and I saw a lot of hustle but we just couldn’t pull out the win,” said PHS coach Britta Dellger.

PLYMOUTH 43

GRAFTON 44

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…................9 13 13 8 – 43
Grafton.....................13 9 13 9 – 44

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 2, Morgan Lisowe 2, Jordyn Pieper 4, Mackenzie Haese 8, Kaily Moegenburg 8, Nikki Reil 7, Gwen Streblow 3, Olivia Jankowski 9. Three-point goals: Pieper 1, Haese 2, Streblow 1.

Grafton scoring: Zoie Bauer 15, Rachel Ruona 10, Gillan Wasriewicz 2, Katie Hunt 6, Madison Tomasher 4, Kayla Borden 5, Katie Silasiri 2. Threepoint goals: Bauer 1, Ruona 2.

Field goals: Plymouth 14-33, 42%. Free throws: Plymouth 11-15, 73%; Grafton 17-24, 71%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 23. Turno_ vers: Plymouth 18.


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