Panthers miss chance to claim share of EWC title

by Matt Kraus Review Correspondent


KAYLEE KUHN of Plymouth has her shot blocked by Kiel’s Cassandra Schweitzer in Thursday’s EWC basketball game. PHS’s Kaily Moegenburg (right) and Kiel’s Madeline Dahmer (20) and Mia Voland watch. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAYLEE KUHN of Plymouth has her shot blocked by Kiel’s Cassandra Schweitzer in Thursday’s EWC basketball game. PHS’s Kaily Moegenburg (right) and Kiel’s Madeline Dahmer (20) and Mia Voland watch. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley KIEL – The Plymouth Panthers girls basketball team rolled into Kiel on Thursday night for the finale of the conference and regular season. The WIAA regional tournament seedings were set but a share of the Eastern Wisconsin Conference championship was still at stake.

A Plymouth win and a Two Rivers loss at Waupun meant the three schools would share the conference championship.

Panther head coach Brad Shutter told the team, “We can’t control what happens in Waupun, we can only control our game.”

Kiel had a different idea for the game and used a full-court press, one-on-one pressure defense and a defensive trap to break down Plymouth’s offense. The Panthers were sent home with a 72-50 loss which cost them a share of the EWC title as Waupun beat Two Rivers, 54-40, to finish 11-3 along with Two Rivers. PHS (13-9 overall) and Kiel (14-8) tied for second at 10-4.

Shutter gave Kiel credit for the performance and said Kiel’s pressure “took us out of our offense.” He added, “We weren’t prepared for it and that’s my fault.”

In addition to trying to deal with Kiel’s pressure defense, Plymouth lost two its top players at different points of the game. The Panthers played the final six minutes of the second quarter without season-leading scorer, Gwen Streblow, after she picked up her second foul.

Streblow returned to start the second half but with 5:26 remaining in the third quarter, the Panthers lost Kaily Moegenburg, the team’s second-leading scorer, leading rebounder and leader in assists, to a knee injury for the balance of the game.

Most of the first half was played with an exchange of baskets. Kiel was able to open up two, five-point leads late in the second quarter, but Plymouth fought back to trail 15-12 as the quarter ended.

Mackenzie Haese hit a threepoint basket for the Panthers to the tie the game at 19 with 5:08 remaining in the second quarter. The next 2:38 resulted in multiple turnovers by both teams and no scoring.

With 2:30 left in the half, Shutter called a timeout. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Kiel responded to the timeout with a 15-5 run to the end the quarter, resulting in a 34-24 halftime lead.

The Raiders came out of the time-ut with a balanced scoring attack, scoring from the three- point area, making free throws, and scoring from the lane with lay-ins and baskets within 10- feet of the basket.

Following Moegenburg’s injury, Kiel’s defensive pressure caused six Plymouth turnovers in the balance of the third quarter. Plymouth was only able to manage seven points in the quarter and trailed 47-31.

Unlike the third quarter, the fourth quarter saw a flurry of action and resulted in the highest-scoring quarter of the game for both teams. The Panthers went on a 15-10 run to open the quarter and closed the Raiders lead to 57-46. However, the Raiders’ defense clamped down once again and Kiel went on a 15-4 run to end the game and earn the win.

Cassandra Schweitzer led three double-digit scorers for Kiel, with a game-high 17 points. Nikki Reil led Plymouth scorers with 10 points and Moegenburg led the Panthers with seven rebounds.

The Panthers will open the Division 2 regional tournament at home on Tuesday, March 4, at 7 p.m. against West Bend West. PHS is seeded No. 4 and West, No. 5.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers won the EWC junior varsity title with a 14-0 record and finished 19-3 overall with a 36- 30 victory.

“We played as a team all year which made this special to all of us,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

Lydia Rhude led PHS in scoring with 13 points and Kalei Hering added 11. Rhude also had a teamhigh four steals and shared the assist lead with Hering at three apiece. The Panthers didn’t have any rebounders with more than three.

PLYMOUTH 50

KIEL 72

Score by Quarters

Plymouth…..............12 12 7 19 50
Kiel...........................15 19 13 25 72

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 8, Morgan Lisowe 3, Jordyn Pieper 2, Mackenzie Haese 3, Kaily Moegenburg 6, Nikki Reil 10, Gwen Streblow 4, Olivia Jankowski 12, Hannah Mauk 2. Threepoint goals: Streblow 2, Haese 1.

Kiel scoring: Jeana Fale 10, Cassandra Schweitzer 17, Madeline Dahmer 14, Tasha Rabe 9, Mia Voland 6, Kayla Klauck 4, Rachel Henning 2, Sara Winkel 2, Sierra Roehrig 8. Threepoint goals: Fale 2, Dahmer 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 16-35, 40%. Free throws: Plymouth 9-12, 75%; Kiel 20-27, 74%;

Rebounds: Plymouth 17. Turnovers: Plymouth 22.


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