Cold shooting stings Panthers in upset loss

¦ Fall to fifth-seeded West Bend West on home court
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


MORGAN LISOWE, Plymouth guard, passes to a teammate as West Bend West’s Libby Brugger (32) and Savannah Janz defend in Tuesday night’s regional basketball first-round game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley MORGAN LISOWE, Plymouth guard, passes to a teammate as West Bend West’s Libby Brugger (32) and Savannah Janz defend in Tuesday night’s regional basketball first-round game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers wasted a good defensive effort as they were unable to overcome poor shooting and suffered a disappointing 38-35 upset loss to West Bend West in a Division 2 girls regional basketball firstround game here Tuesday night.

The No. 4-seeded Panthers finished 13-10 while the No. 5-seeded Trojans improved to 8-15. West will play at No. 1-seeded Beaver Dam Friday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.

PHS hit only 24 percent (13 of 54) from the field and missed a ton of layups and other open shots. Give the Trojans credit, however, as they fought and scrapped the whole way to pull out the win.

The Panthers had a chance to tie the game and force overtime after West missed two free throws with 13.3 seconds left. PHS called a timeout with 6.9 seconds remaining to plan strategy for a final shot. Freshman forward Gwen Streblow attempted three-point shot with about three seconds remaining but it bounced off the rim and the Trojans grabbed the rebound to secure the win.


GWEN STREBLOW (left) and Nikki Reil of Plymouth doubleteam West Bend West’s Celina Wantal during Tuesday night’s regional basketball opener. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley GWEN STREBLOW (left) and Nikki Reil of Plymouth doubleteam West Bend West’s Celina Wantal during Tuesday night’s regional basketball opener. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley “West Bend West played really well. It was probably their best game of the season,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“We didn’t play as well as we are capable. We missed a lot of layups and good looks. We need to make those shots.”

Shutter said it was frustrating because his team didn’t shoot well, didn’t have good decision-making and ball-handling, and didn’t get to the free-throw line very much.

“The shooting hurt us the most, and the turnovers hurt us. We’re not confident when a team comes up and pressures us [on defense]. We panic,” Shutter said.

Both teams committed 21 turnovers, several caused by pressing defenses, but many of them were unforced.

The Panthers led 21-15 at halftime but should’ve been up more. Plymouth’s pressure defense caused several turnovers but the Panthers only converted a few into points. PHS also missed seven close-range shots.

Good ball movement and patience on offense, combined with an aggressive defense, sparked the Trojans in the third quarter as they outscored PHS 11-4 to seize a 26-25 lead. Back-to-back threepoint goals by Celina Wantal and Rebecca Minz capped off a 9-0 run which gave West a 24-21 lead with 1:40 left in the period.

PHS was hurt by five turnovers and missed layups in the third quarter.

The Trojans made six free throws in the final period to help key the win. PHS missed the front end of a one-and-on at the foul line late in the contest.

Jordyn Pieper led PHS in scoring with eight points. Kaily Moegenburg had a team-high 12 rebounds, four assists and five steals. Nikki Reil also grabbed 12 boards.

PHS had an impressive 15 offensive boards but didn’t capitalize very much.

Alason Koenig paced West’s offense with 11 points.

“Defensively, we played really well. We forced a lot of turnovers with our pressure,” Shutter said.

“We played a great game. I can’t say enough about the entire team,” said Trojan head coach Bernie McCarthy.

“The girls made great decisions. They did have the composure. We got big play from our seniors.

“We’ve played our best ball at the end of the season. Our defense has gotten a lot better and that’s what we rely on,” McCarthy said.

WEST BEND WEST 38

PLYMOUTH 35

Score by Quarters

West Bend West.....10 5 11 12 38
Plymouth.................10 11 4 10 35

West Bend West scoring: Abby Janto 3, Clara Olson 6, Celina Wanta 9, Rebecca Minz 6, Libby Brugger 3, Alason Koenig 11. Three-point goals: A. Janto 1, Wanta 1, Minz 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kaylee Kuhn 3, Ericka Bohrmueller 2, Jordyn Pieper 8, Hannah Mauk 2, Kaily Moegenburg 7, Nikki Reil 6, Gwen Streblow 7. Threepoint goals: Streblow 1.

Field goals: West Bend West 13- 33, 35%; Plymouth 13-54, 24%; Free throws: West Bend West 8-18, 44%; Plymouth 8-11, 73%.

Rebounds: West Bend West 26. Plymouth 34. Turnovers: West Bend West 21, Plymouth 21.


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