Seniors crucial to Panthers’ successful season

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS basketball team shared third place in the EWC at 10-4 and finished 13-10 overall this past season. Team members include (front row, left to right) Mariah Grimm (manager), Morgan Lisowe, Jordyn Pieper, Kaylee Kuhn, Mackenzie Haese, Sierra Grimm (manager), (back row) Hannah Mauk, Gwen Streblow, Olivia Jankowski, Kaily Moegenburg, Nikki Reil, Ericka Bohrmueller and head coach Brad Shutter. — Photo by Farenholz Photography THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS basketball team shared third place in the EWC at 10-4 and finished 13-10 overall this past season. Team members include (front row, left to right) Mariah Grimm (manager), Morgan Lisowe, Jordyn Pieper, Kaylee Kuhn, Mackenzie Haese, Sierra Grimm (manager), (back row) Hannah Mauk, Gwen Streblow, Olivia Jankowski, Kaily Moegenburg, Nikki Reil, Ericka Bohrmueller and head coach Brad Shutter. — Photo by Farenholz Photography PLYMOUTH – Good senior leadership was a key to a successful 2013-14 girls basketball season for the Plymouth Panthers.

Panther head coach Brad Shutter was pleased with his young team which returned only one starter from last year and had six varsity newcomers. PHS had only four seniors on its 10-player roster.

“I thought we had a good overall season. We had lost a lot from the previous season and I was not sure how the younger girls would respond but they did a nice job,” said Shutter.

“Our seniors did a great job of keeping the younger girls positive when we would go through some rough stretches.”

The Panthers tied for second place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with Kiel at 10-4 and finished 13-10 overall. PHS lost in the first round of the Division 2 regional playoffs to West Bend West.

The Panthers’ pressing, trapping defense was also crucial to the team’s success. PHS averaged an impressive 12.3 steals per game and had a strong defensive scoring average of 40.5 points per contest.

PHS scored many of its points in transition off steals. The Panthers ranked No. 2 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference in scoring with a 49.6 average (47.4 overall).

“Our ability to pressure fullcourt was a factor but when it comes down to it we were better this past season in our half-court man and 1-3-1 trap,” said Shutter.

“Offensively, we were the second highest scoring team in the conference and that obviously was big.”

Shutter pointed out the highlights of the season: defeating EWC arch-rival Sheboygan Falls twice, rallying from a 16-point deficit to beat Waupun and winning a nail-biter against Howards Grove. Waupun shared the EWC title with Two Rivers at 11-3.

“Shutter commented on the Panthers’ team captains and All- EWC players.

“My two senior captains, Nikki [Reil] and Kaily [Moegenburg] did a great job all season,” he said.

Moegenburg, a forward, was named to the All-EWC first team.

“Gwen [Streblow] had a good season starting as a freshman and leading us in scoring. I also thought Jordyn [Pieper] had a good season. Being put into the point guard position is not easy and I thought she did well,” Shutter said.

Streblow, a forward, earned all-league second-team honors. Pieper, a sophomore, was All- EWC honorable mention.

The coach commended the seniors for what they meant to the Panther program.

“I appreciate all they have done for the program these past four seasons. You will be missed but remember, you will always be a part of the PHS girls basketball family,” said Shutter.

The other seniors are Kaylee Kuhn and Mackenzie Haese.

Shutter thanked the players, parents, students, assistant coaches (Mike Gumm and Britta Dellger) and team managers (Mariah Grimm and Sierra Grimm) for all they did this past season, and to The Review for its coverage of the Panthers.

Shutter looked ahead to next season.

“Once again, we are losing a lot but I am confident that our younger girls will step up. We had a great junior varsity team, so we will have to rely on some of them to step in as well,” he said.

“If the girls work on the things they need to improve on this summer, we will be fine.”

The JV team won the EWC crown with a 14-0 record and was 19-3 overall.

FINAL STATS, AWARDS

Moegenburg had a very good season overall. She led PHS in rebounding with an 8.6 average per game; assists, 2.7 average; steals, 3.7 per contest; two-point fieldgoal shooting, 52.4 percent and overall field-goal accuracy at 43.5.

Streblow paced the team in scoring with a 10.8 average, threepoint goals, 33 and three-point shooting, 39.8 percent.

Haese was the top free-throw shooter with 70.6 percent.

The entire PHS team earned varsity letters. Awards were given to the Panthers’ leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, freethrow shooting, three-point goals, free throws made and two-point goals.

FINAL PLYMOUTH GIRLS
BASKETBALL STATISTICS
Scoring Leaders

Pts. Avg.
Gwen Streblow……….......249 10.8
Kaily Moegenburg.............206 9.0

Rebounding Leaders

No. Avg.
Moegenburg.…….................197 8.6
Nikki Reil................................98 4.3

Steal Leaders

No. Avg.
Moegenburg.........................84 3.7
Jordyn Pieper.……...............48 2.1

Assist Leaders

No. Avg.
Moegenburg.........................62 2.7
Pieper.……...........................53 2.3


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