Panthers look to contend for EWC title

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

PLYMOUTH – Head coach Brad Shutter has high expectations this season for his young Plymouth girls basketball team.

The Panthers have only one senior but return two starters among five letter winners and Shutter thinks he has a very talented and athletic group. PHS finished 13-10 overall last season.

“I see us as one of the top-three teams in the [Eastern Wisconsin] conference. Depth, athleticism, shooting and quickness are the strengths,” said Shutter who’s in his ninth season as the PHS head coach.

“We are very deep. I feel that we can go 8-10 deep and not have a whole lot of drop-off. We are very guard-heavy but we have a lot of girls that can play both on the perimeter and the post.”

The returning starters are sophomore guard Gwen Streblow and junior guard Jordyn Pieper. Streblow earned All-EWC secondteam recognition and Pieper was all-league honorable mention last season.

Streblow led PHS in scoring as a freshman with a 10.8 points-pergame average for the overall season. She ranked third in the EWC in scoring with an 11.1 average and was first in three-point goals at 22 (first overall for PHS with 33).

Pieper was second on the PHS team in steals with 48 and assists, 53. She was fifth in the EWC in steals (2.2 per game) and assists (2.6).

The other letter winners back are senior guard Hannah Mauk, junior forward Olivia Jankowski and junior guard Morgan Lisowe.

“All-conference players Gwen Streblow and Jordyn Pieper are expected to really lead us. Our only senior, Hannah Mauk, is going to be expected to do a lot as well. Those are really our true leaders but I think everyone has a role in that area,” Shutter said.

Shutter commented on several newcomers who have impressed him thus far.

“Kalei Hering is a great shooter and can attack the basket as well. Emily Majerus is going to be expected to handle the ball a lot. Lydia Rhude is a very good shooter as well,” he said.

“Hayley Mueller is going to be an inside presence for us and Cassy Sippel does a little of everything.”

Each of the newcomers played on last season’s junior varsity squad which finished 19-3 overall and finished first in the league at 14-0.

The coach mentioned the keys for the team to be successful this season:

“Playing hard and playing together as a team, limit turnovers, limit our opponents to one shot on the offensive end and create turnovers with our defense,” said Shutter.

He sees PHS, Kiel and Waupun as the leading EWC title contenders, with Sheboygan Falls and Two Rivers challenging. Two Rivers and Waupun shared the league crown last season at 11-3, followed by PHS and Kiel at 10-4.

Shutter’s top goals are to win EWC and regional championships, and improve each day and be better at the end of the season than the team is now.

PHS tips off the season Tuesday, Nov. 25 at home versus nonconference foe Sheboygan South.

Nov. 25 – Sheboygan South, here
Nov. 28 – @ Oshkosh West (Fr.)
Dec. 2 – @ Kewaskum
Dec. 5 – @ New Holstein
Dec. 9 – @ Port Washington (JV-V)
Dec. 11 – @ Sheboygan Falls
Dec. 19 – Waupun, here
Dec. 22 – @ Cedar Grove (Fr.)
Dec. 22 – at Cedarburg Tourney (JV-V)
Dec. 23 – at Cedarburg Tourney (JV-V)
Jan. 3 – Grafton, here
Jan. 8 – @ Kiel
Jan. 13 – Campbellsport, here
Jan. 16 – Two Rivers, here
Jan. 22 – Sheboygan Falls, here
Jan. 27 – Kewaskum, here
Jan. 30 – New Holstein, here
Jan. 31 – @ Howards Grove (JV-V)
Feb. 5 – @ Waupun
Feb. 7 – @ Homestead
Feb. 10 – @ Two Rivers
Feb. 13 – @ Campbellsport
Feb. 19 – Kiel, here
Feb. 21 – Oostburg (JV-V), here

Name Gr. Ht. Pos.
Hannah Mauk 12 5-9 G
Morgan Lisowe 11 5-4 G
Jordyn Pieper 11 5-6 G
Hayley Mueller 11 5-10 F
Cassy Sippel 11 5-10 F
Olivia Jankowski 11 5-10 F
Kalei Hering 10 5-7 G
Lydia Rhude 10 5-8 G
Emily Majerus 10 5-8 G
Gwen Streblow 10 5-9 G
Kaylee Kuhn 9 5-5 G

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