Panthers lose heartbreaker at buzzer to Two Rivers, fall out of EWC lead

TWO RIVERS – Aly Wanek, senior guard, banked in a threepoint shot at the buzzer to give Two Rivers a thrilling 45-42 win in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball showdown here Saturday afternoon.

Two Rivers moved past PHS into the EWC lead with a 6-1 record (10-1 overall). The Panthers dropped to second place at 6-2 (7-7 overall).

Wanek’s trey, the Purple Raiders’ only one of the game, was made despite tight defense by Kaily Moegenburg.

“Kaily was right on her and she banked it in. It’s a tough one to lose,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“It would’ve been a nice one to win on the road but we can come back and it’s not traumatic [losing the game]. It was two good teams playing each other.

“We had opportunities in the fourth quarter. We missed some free throws and had wide-open shots inside and didn’t make them,” said Shutter.

The Panthers struggled on offense in the first quarter and fell behind 14-4 heading into the sec- ond. PHS bounced back strong with an 18-6 scoring advantage in the second period to take a 22-20 halftime lead.

Moegenburg sparked the PHS offense in the second quarter with nine points, including two threepoint goals, and Gwen Streblow tallied seven, including a triple. The game was nip-and-tuck the rest of the way.

The Panthers’ man-to-man and 1-3-1 zone defenses shut down Two Rivers’ inside attack in the second period and forced the Purple Raiders to shoot mostly from the perimeter. PHS limited Two Rivers to only one shot on many possessions in the period.

Moegenburg led PHS in scoring with 14, including four treys, followed by Streblow with 12 points and Nikki Reil, nine. The top rebounders were Moegenburg with nine and Kaylee Kuhn, seven.

Jordyn Pieper paced the Panthers in assists with five. Streblow led in steals with three.

“Other than the slow start, I was pleased with the team,” said Shutter. “We performed well most of the game.

“Kaily, Gwen and Nikki played the best for us. Kaylee Kuhn played good defense and rebounded well.”

Two Rivers shot only 33 percent from the field overall and was just 1-for-18 from three-point range but outscored PHS 12-6 at the free-throw line.

Mackenzie Walesh led Two Rivers in scoring with 11. Alexi Walesh had a team-high 11 boards.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers upped their firstplace EWC JV record to 8-0 (12-2 overall) with a 38-31 win. Kalei Hering keyed the PHS offense with 11 points and Hayley Mueller added 10.

Sophie Albert led PHS rebounders with eight, followed by Emily Majerus and Kaylee Koenig with five each. Majerus had a team-high four assists. Hering led in steals with six and Majerus contributed five.

“We didn’t shoot the ball very good and we got ourselves in foul trouble. We had to adjust our defense,” said Panther coach Mike Gumm.

PLYMOUTH 42

TWO RIVERS 45

Score by Quarters

Plymouth.................4 18 9 11 42
Two Rivers.............14 6 12 13 45

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 2, Jordyn Pieper 3, Kaily Moegenburg 14, Nikki Reil 9, Gwen Streblow 12, Olivia Janikowski 2. Three-point goals: Moegenburg 4, Streblow 2.

Two Rivers scoring: Aly Wanek 8, Ally Rehrauer 4, Alexi Walesh 8, Marissa Broehm 1, Mackenzie Walesh 11, Kayla Dunham 2, Elena Garcia 11. Three-point goals: Wanek 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 15-46, 33%; Two Rivers 16-49, 33%. Free throws: Plymouth 6-11, 55%; Two Rivers 12- 18, 67%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 30, Two Rivers 36. Turnovers: Plymouth 15, Two Rivers 15.


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