Panthers rout Huskies, go to 7-0 in EWC

by Craig Hoffman Tri-County News


CLAY HENNING of Plymouth drives past New Holstein’s Michael Voelker (5) for a layup in Friday night’s EWC basketball game. The Huskies’ Josh Burg looks on. — Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News CLAY HENNING of Plymouth drives past New Holstein’s Michael Voelker (5) for a layup in Friday night’s EWC basketball game. The Huskies’ Josh Burg looks on. — Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News NEW HOLSTEIN – The freezing rain was falling outside of New Holstein High School Friday night. On the inside, the Plymouth Panthers were hardly walking on thin ice.

In a game where Plymouth could do no wrong and things seldom went right for New Holstein, the Panthers rolled to an easy 76- 28 Eastern Wisconsin Conference boys basketball victory to remain unbeaten in EWC play. PHS improved its first-place league record to 7-0 (10-2 overall). The Huskies saw their EWC mark drop to 2-5.

The Panthers took charge right from the opening tip. Clay Henning scored buckets on the first two possessions while Kollin Neils knocked down a pair of free throws and Tom Jankowski added two more for an 8-0 lead before the fans, who braved the elements, had their first handful of popcorn in their mouth.

When the opening surge by Plymouth had reached its conclusion, PHS was up 27-0 over the dazed Huskies. NH finally “broke the ice” when Josh Burg canned a three-point field goal with 1:20 showing on the scoreboard in the first quarter. It was 31-7 PHS after one quarter.

New Holstein head coach Ken Stephany said he won’t waste any time looking at this game film.

“Plymouth is solid all around,” he said.

“It’s certainly not a good feeling falling behind a team like Plymouth by 27 points on your home floor in the opening quarter.”

The Panthers had a well-balanced scoring attack as Zac Cain and Tom Jankowski each had 16 points while Clay Henning and Kollin Neils were in double figures at 10 each.

Devon Johnson led the Huskies with eight points and Burg had seven.

Panther head coach Jason Duff said his defense was outstanding.

“We have to play good defense each game. We were able to dictate the tempo tonight and just about everyone was able to score tonight.”

Duff said his team showed no signs of rust despite having their game with Two Rivers postponed Tuesday.

“The guys were anxious to play. Clay Henning continues to play well for us.”

The Panthers were 30-for-55 from the floor for 55 percent and outrebounded the Huskies 30-25, with Cain grabbing a team-high six caroms.

Neils and Dominic Bocchini led PHS in assists with four each. Jankowski had a team-high three steals.

Johnson and Burg paced the Huskies in boards with seven apiece.

New Holstein was just 8 of 43 from the floor for 19 percent.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

Plymouth moved into sole pos- session of the lead in the EWC junior varsity standings, breaking open a close game late for a 60-46 win over previously unbeaten New Holstein.

Samuel Staehling and Gage Nischke led the Panthers (7-0 EWC, 10-2 overall) in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively. Layton Albright led in assists with five and Staehling had a team-best four steals.

Devin Strupp had a game-high 13 points for New Holstein (6-1 EWC, 9-1 overall).

The freshmen game was all Plymouth as it blew out to a 34-10 lead and cruised to an easy 80-34 win.

Leading the Panthers was Jake Steinhardt with 22 points. Alex Shutter added 17 for the Panthers (7-0 EWC, 9-1 overall). Alex Sippel had a team-high 14 points for the Huskies.

PLYMOUTH 76

NEW HOLSTEIN 28

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…..............31 17 22 6 – 76
NewHolstein..............711 73–28

Plymouth scoring: Kollin Neils 10, Nick Casper 5, Clay Henning 10, Zac Cain 16, Dominic Bocchini 7, Brady Grapentine 2, Tom Jankowski 16, Drew Schweiger 4, Eric Majerus 6. Threepoint goals: Jankowski 2, Cain 1.

New Holstein scoring: Devon Johnson 8, Devon Olm 2, Bryce Karrels 3, Michael Voelker 1, Parker Lemke 3, Andrew Casper 2, Josh Burg 7, Jacob Daun 2. Three-point goals: Johnson 1, Lemke 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 30-55, 55%; New Holstein 8-43, 19%. Free throws: Plymouth 13-15, 87%; New Holstein 10-17, 59%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 30, New Hols_ tein 25. Turnovers: Plymouth 10.


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