Panthers roar back to earn crucial win


KAILY MOEGENBURG of Plymouth attempts to drive past Waupun’s Kayla Bonack in Thursday’s EWC basketball game. — Photo by Roger Albert KAILY MOEGENBURG of Plymouth attempts to drive past Waupun’s Kayla Bonack in Thursday’s EWC basketball game. — Photo by Roger Albert PLYMOUTH – A gritty Plymouth girls basketball team stormed back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat visiting Waupun, 45-41, in a key girls basketball game Thursday night.

The Panthers remained in second place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference as they improved to 7-2 (8-7 overall). Two Rivers leads the EWC at 7-1. Waupun (7-6 overall) and Kiel share third with 5-3 marks.

“I’m very proud of the girls. They never gave up. It’s a great group of kids,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

“We’ve been in these tight situations before and it benefited us in this game.”

The Panthers whittled the Warriors’ lead down to 33-26 going into the fourth period. PHS outscored Waupun 18-9 in the final period to eke out the win. Jordyn Pieper hit a three-pointer to give PHS a 44-41 lead with about a minute left.

Mackenzie Haese’s free throw with about 10 seconds remaining sealed the victory as it put PHS up 45-41 and made it a two-possession game.

Freshman forward Gwen Streblow sparked the Panthers’ of- fense in the fourth quarter with seven of her nine points, including two three-point goals in the period. Pieper and Haese contributed five and four points, respectively, in the fourth period, including a three-ball by Haese.

The Panthers switched from their 1-3-1 zone defense to manto man in the second half and it paid off as they held Waupun to only 17 points.

“Our man-to-man defense had ball pressure on them, we kept getting stops and the ball starting going in the hole,” said Shutter about his team’s second-half play.

“We got the momentum in the third quarter and carried it over into the fourth quarter.”

Senior center Nikki Reil led a well-rounded PHS offense with 10 points which matched her seasonhigh. Plymouth had five players with at least five points.

“Nikki had her best game of the season. She played good defense on their big girls,” said Shutter.

“Overall, it was a good overall team effort. Waupun is one of the four teams [along with PHS, Two Rivers and Kiel] that can win the conference. This was a good win.”

Taylor Dolske paced the Warriors in scoring with 10.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

Plymouth’s defense was relentless as it forced an impressive 37 turnovers to key a 63-27 rout in the JV game.

Kalei Hering and Skyler Gosse led PHS in steals with six and five, respectively. The Panthers improved to 9-0 in the EWC (13-2 overall).

Lydia Rhude led a balanced PHS attack with 15 points, followed by Hering with 14 and Gosse, 13. Rhude had a team-high seven boards and Abi Smrz contributed six. Gosse led in assists with four.

WAUPUN 41

PLYMOUTH 45

Score by Quarters

Waupun...................1212 9 841
Plymouth…...............6 8 12 19 45

Waupun scoring: Maiah Domask 6, Kelsey Thompson 7, Danielle Hopp 3, McKenna Keach 2, Emily Peterson 5, Kayla Bonack 7, Ronna Woock 1, Taylor Dolske 10. Three-point goals: Hopp 1, Peterson 1, Dolske 1.

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 2, Morgan Lisowe 2, Jordyn Pieper 7, Mackenzie Haese 4, Kaily Moegenburg 6, Nikki Reil 10, Gwen Streblow 9, Olivia Jankowski 5. Three-point goals: Pieper 1, Haese 1, Streblow 2.

Field goals: Waupun 14-50, 28%; Plymouth 17-47, 36%. Free throws: Waupun 10-20, 50%; Plymouth 7-13, 54%.

Rebounds: Waupun 20, Plymouth 28. Turnovers: Waupun 19, Plymouth 19.


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