Panthers lose battle for sole EWC lead

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


KAILY MOEGENBURG, Plymouth senior, runs a fast break as Two Rivers’ Allison Rehrauer closes in during Friday’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAILY MOEGENBURG, Plymouth senior, runs a fast break as Two Rivers’ Allison Rehrauer closes in during Friday’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Crucial turnovers by the Plymouth Panthers and Two Rivers’ clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch keyed the Purple Raiders’ 42-35 win in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball showdown here Friday night.

The win gives Two Rivers sole possession of the EWC lead at 11- 2. PHS, which shared the lead with Two Rivers coming into the game, fell to a second-place tie with Waupun at 10-3.

Two Rivers (17-3 overall) and PHS (13-8) have one league game remaining. The Purple Raiders play at Waupun and Plymouth is at Kiel Thursday night.

PHS committed five turnovers in the fourth quarter, including three after it tied the game, 32-32, on Gwen Streblow’s free throw with 4:23 left.


KAYLEE KUHN of Plymouth passes to a teammate while being defended by Two Rivers’ Marissa Broehm (left) and Alexi Walesh in Friday’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAYLEE KUHN of Plymouth passes to a teammate while being defended by Two Rivers’ Marissa Broehm (left) and Alexi Walesh in Friday’s EWC basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Purple Raiders used a 10-0 run in the final 3:25 to take a 42- 32 lead. Two Rivers was 6-for-6 at the foul line during that stretch and 8-for-8 overall in the final period. Mackenzie Walesh and Alexi Walesh scored four points each to spark the run.

Two Rivers’ rebounding dominance (30-19 edge) and Plymouth’s lack of an inside attack were also crucial to the outcome. The Purple Raiders hit the offensive glass hard, getting several second-shot opportunities, and did a nice job of forcing PHS to rely a lot on perimeter shooting.

“We settled a little too much for threes in the first half. They were kind of sagging inside against us,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter whose team had a sixgame winning streak snapped.

PHS was only 4 of 21 from three-point range for the game.

“We did a better job of spreading them out in the second half and were able to attack the basket. It was a well-played game overall by both teams,” Shutter said.

“They got the ball inside well which was one of the reasons they got to the free-throw line more than us.”

Two Rivers had 13 more freethrow attempts and outscored PHS 15-5 at the charity stripe.

Senior post player Mackenzie Walesh sparked the Purple Raiders’ offense with a game-high 21 points. She scored several points on strong, quick moves to the basket.

Gwen Streblow led PHS in scoring with 15. Kaily Moegenburg had a team-high 12 rebounds and three assists. Two Rivers’ defense did very well against Moegenburg as it held one of Plymouth’s top scorers this season to only one point.

“Gwen had a great game. Kaylee Kuhn did a good job off the bench,” Shutter said.

Kuhn tallied 10 points, including two three-point goals.

“I’m proud of the girls,” said Two Rivers head coach Mike Schultz. “One of our goals at the beginning of the season was to win the conference.

Schultz thought his team did a nice job of being patient and working its offense against Plymouth’s pressure defense.

“We really pounded the ball inside and that was a big plus for us, and we went to the basket hard. We were aggressive on the boards,” said Schultz whose team beat PHS in the teams’ first meeting this season.

“Mackenzie Walesh did a great job inside, going hard to the basket,” he said.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

In junior varsity play, the Panthers bolted to a 23-3 lead after one quarter and cruised to a 62-17 win. PHS improved to 13-0 in the EWC (18-3 overall).

Hayley Mueller had a doubledouble with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kalei Hering and Abi Smrz added 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Emily Majerus led PHS in assists with six and Sophie Albert had a team-best six steals.

TWO RIVERS 42

PLYMOUTH 35

Score by Quarters

Two Rivers.................13 6 11 12 42
Plymouth....................10 4 15 6 35

Two Rivers scoring: Aly Wanek 4, Ally Rehrauer 2, Alexi Walesh 12, Marissa Broehm 1, Mackenzie Walesh 21, Elena Garcia 2. Three-point goals: A. Walesh 1.

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 10, Jordyn Pieper 2, Kaily Moegenburg 1, Nikki Reil 5, Gwen Streblow 15, Olivia Janikowski 2. Three-point goals: Kuhn 2, Streblow 2.

Field goals: Two Rivers 13-39, 33%; Plymouth 13-39, 33%; Free throws: Two Rivers 15-21, 71%; Plymouth 5-8, 63%.

Rebounds: Two Rivers 30, Plymouth 19. Turnovers: Two Rivers 11, Plymouth 12.


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