Panthers stave off Tigers’ late rally

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


MORGAN EDGE of Howards Grove drives past Plymouth’s Nikki Reil during Tuesday night’s basketball game. The Panthers Gwen Streblow (34) helps defend. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MORGAN EDGE of Howards Grove drives past Plymouth’s Nikki Reil during Tuesday night’s basketball game. The Panthers Gwen Streblow (34) helps defend. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – It wasn’t pretty by any means but both teams played very hard, with the Plymouth Panthers holding on for a 39- 38 girls basketball win over the Howards Grove Tigers here Tuesday night.

The nonconference victory upped the Panthers’ record to 13-7 and extended their winning streak to six. The Tigers fell to 8-11.

Howards used a 9-0 run in the fourth quarter to shave Plymouth’s 10-point lead to 39-38 with 2:40 left. The Tigers had chances to take the lead but had two turnovers and were unable to corral two key rebounds near the end.

PHS missed the front end of three straight one-and-one freethrow opportunities in the last 20 seconds but grabbed the rebound after the first two misses. Plymouth’s

Gwen Streblow was fouled with 8.7 seconds remaining after getting the rebound on the second foul shot.

Streblow missed the front end and Howards got the rebound. Lyndsay Peterson attempted a three-point shot just before the buzzer but it was blocked by Jordyn Pieper to end the game.

Pieper nailed a three-pointer at the buzzer to give PHS a 34-29 lead after three quarters.

The Tigers fell behind 9-3 in the first period but fought back to seize an 18-17 halftime lead, keyed by excellent hustle, and strong offensive rebounding which resulted in three follow-up baskets. Taylor Beninghaus converted a threepoint play off a rebound basket at the end of the half which gave her team the lead.

Plymouth picked up its intensity and defensive pressure in the second half which was crucial in building a lead. With three starters sidelined in the third quarter with foul trouble, the Panthers’ bench came through and had some key steals and baskets.

Sophomore guard Morgan Lisowe led PHS in scoring with 10 points off the bench, including five in the third period. Lisowe also had a team-high six steals and three assists. Kaily Moegenburg led in rebounds with 11.

“It [Panthers’ performance] wasn’t clean but I was happy to pull out the win,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“Kaylee Kuhn, Morgan Lisowe, Jordyn Pieper, Hannah Mauk and Olivia Jankowski brought energy to the game in the second half and stepped up. Lisowe and Pieper did a good job of pressuring their guards.”

Taylor Beninghaus paced Howards in scoring with 10 and rebounds, six. Morgan Edge had a team-high six assists. Courtney Milz led in steals with three.

“We played well on the defensive end the whole game and we rebounded well but we had turnovers on six straight possessions in the fourth quarter and you can’t do that against a conference championship [caliber] team,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“We could’ve won this game. We had opportunities. I thought Morgan Edge [junior guard] did a good job of driving and dishing off.”

HOWARDS GROVE 38

PLYMOUTH 39

Score by Quarters

Howards Grove..........7 11 11 9 38
Plymouth….................9 8 17 5 39

Howards Grove scoring: Nicole Mugan 3, Brittan Schaller 4, Olivia Stauss 4, Morgan Edge 8, Erin Valenstein 2, Courtney Milz 7, Taylor Beninghaus 10. Three-point goals: Edge 1.

Plymouth scoring: Morgan Lisowe 10, Jordyn Pieper 9, Hannah Mauk 2, Kaily Moegenburg 3, Nikki Reil 6, Gwen Streblow 8, Olivia Jankowski 1. Threepoint goals: Pieper 1, Moegenburg 1, Streblow 1.

Field goals: Howards Grove 16- 46, 34%; Plymouth 15-41, 37%. Free throws: Howards Grove 5-10, 50%; Plymouth 6-13, 46%.

Rebounds: Howards Grove 30, Plymouth 30. Turnovers: Howards Grove 21, Plymouth 14.


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