Huibregtse, defense ignite Lady Dutch past PHS

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


MARANDA HUIBREGTSE of Oostburg tries to keep possession of the ball while being surrounded by Plymouth’s Kaily Moegenburg (25), Nikki Reil (33) and Jordyn Pieper in Saturday’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MARANDA HUIBREGTSE of Oostburg tries to keep possession of the ball while being surrounded by Plymouth’s Kaily Moegenburg (25), Nikki Reil (33) and Jordyn Pieper in Saturday’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley OOSTBURG – A tenacious defense and senior point guard Maranda Huibregtse’s outstanding play sparked Oostburg to an impressive 50-34 win over the Plymouth Panthers in a showdown of area girls basketball powers here Saturday night.

The nonconference victory raised the Lady Dutch’s record to 7-3 while PHS slipped to 7-5.

“This was by far our best game of the year. It was a really solid team win for us,” said Oostburg head coach Lisa Immel.

Huibregtse had a terrific allaround performance with a teamhigh 16 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

“She is really doing some nice things and leading this team very well. I am lucky to be able to coach a kid like her,” said Immel.


KAYLEE KUHN of Plymouth attempts a shot under pressure by Oostburg’s Keri Hartmann during Saturday’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAYLEE KUHN of Plymouth attempts a shot under pressure by Oostburg’s Keri Hartmann during Saturday’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Lady Dutch’s full-court press and aggressive man-to-man defense in the half-court stymied the Panthers’ offense – forcing 17 turnovers (13 on steals) and limiting

PHS to only 25-percent shooting from the field.

“Their pressure really bothered us. We weren’t able to get into our offense when we were able to break their press, and credit their defense,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“They made us take tough shots and they limited us to one shot,” he said.

“Our stats show that we did not give up one offensive board to Plymouth which to me says something about playing team defense and finishing our defensive sets,” said Immel.

“I think our defense was the difference against a quality team in Plymouth.”

The Lady Dutch, sparked by their defense, outscored PHS 15-4 in the second quarter to build a 28-17 halftime lead. Oostburg was in control of the game the rest of the way.

Senior guard Shannon Boldt ignited Oostburg’s attack at the start of the third period by scoring the team’s first seven points as the Lady Dutch took a 20-16 lead. Boldt sank a three-pointer, followed by a fastbreak layup and two free throws. Eight straight points followed which upped Oostburg’s advantage to 28-16. Huibregtse’s steal and layup capped off the run.

Freshman forward Gwen Streblow led PHS in scoring with 17 points, including seven in the opening quarter. Kaily Moegenburg had a team-high nine rebounds, six steals and two assists. Jordyn Pieper also made two steals.

“Gwen played a very good game with half of our points,” said Shutter.

Jaidyn Hranicka and Keri Hartmann contributed six boards each for Oostburg.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

PHS built a 43-26 halftime and cruised to a 67-46 victory in JV play. The Panthers hiked their record to 10-2.

Kalei Hering sparked the Panthers’ offense with 20 points and Abi Smrz tallied 15. Emily Majerus and Lydia Rhude chipped in with nine and eight, respectively.

Smrz grabbed a team-high six rebounds. Rhude and Majerus led in steals with five each. Hering and Majerus had a team-best five steals apiece.

“Our press gave Oostburg problems all night and our halfcourt defense was great,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

“This is a nice win against a good team.”

PLYMOUTH 34

OOSTBURG 50

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…............1349834
Oostburg................13 15 12 10 50

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 3, Jordyn Pieper 2, Hannah Mauk 3, Kaily Moegenburg 6, Nikki Reil 3, Gwen Streblow 17. Three-point goals: Streblow 2.

Oostburg scoring: Maranda Huibregtse 16, Erin Bartenstein 2, Megan Daane 2, Jaidyn Hranicka 8, Kimberly VanStelle 9, Shannon Boldt 8, Keri Hartmann 2, Katie Bonnett 3. Three-point goals: VanStelle 3, Boldt 1, Huibregtse 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 10-40, 25%; Oostburg 16-43, 37%. Free throws: Plymouth 12-18, 67%; Oostburg 13-21, 62%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 27, Oostburg 33. Turnovers: Plymouth 17, Oostburg 11.


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