Panthers win defensive battle, stay perfect

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Steve Ottman
Review Co respondent


JORDYN PIEPER of Plymouth shoots a jump shot in Thursday night’s EWC basketball game versus Sheboygan Falls. – Review photo by Steve Ottman JORDYN PIEPER of Plymouth shoots a jump shot in Thursday night’s EWC basketball game versus Sheboygan Falls. – Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – The Plymouth Panther girls basketball team prevailed in a defensive win over their rival Sheboygan Falls Falcons, 48-43, here Thursday night.

Plymouth outscored Falls 20-12 in the second quarter to gain an advantage in a very tight and defensive game on both sides. The Falcons battled back in the second half, coming within three points with 4:01 left in the game.

“Every game between these two teams is hard fought no matter what the records are,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“Both teams played well. We played better in the second quarter and that was the deciding edge.”

Plymouth improves to 3-0 in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference (5-0 overall). PHS is tied for the EWC lead with Waupun. Falls drops to 1-2 in the EWC (2-5 overall).


GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth attacks the basket between two Sheboygan Falls players, including Becky Raeder (33), in Thursday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Steve Ottman GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth attacks the basket between two Sheboygan Falls players, including Becky Raeder (33), in Thursday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Steve Ottman “Our defense played well, we were able to hold their leading scorer Gwen Streblow to four points,” said Falcon head coach Leroy Hamilton. “We couldn’t get any momentum in the second half. Their zone stopped our inside game.”

Streblow came into the game averaging 16 points per game and while Falls was able to contain her scoring, other Plymouth players stepped up.

“We had some great scoring off of the bench,” Shutter remarked, noting the efforts of Morgan Lisowe and Kalei Hering in the second quarter.

The Falcons looked like they might run away with the game in the first quarter as they jumped to an 11-6 lead. Becky Raeder scored five points and Erika Van Engen had two baskets to start the game.

Plymouth’s Olivia Jankowski converted a layup and then baskets from Hannah Mauk and Hering cut Falls’ lead to 11-10.

The Falcons’ Nicole Preder made a steal and a layup and Panthers Jordyn Pieper put back a rebound with Falls leading 13-12 at the end of the first quarter.

Plymouth took their first lead at 14-13 with a long jumper from Emily Majerus to start the second quarter.

Van Engen made a three-point play as Falls regained the lead 16-14. Three free throws by Raeder kept the Falcons in the lead until Lisowe scored six straight points to give Panthers the lead for good at 24-19

Britney Thackray downed two tough shots for the Falcons to cut the lead to 24-23.

The Panthers finished out the quarter with an 8-2 run and stretched the lead to 32-25 with four points by Hering.

The pace of the game slowed in the second half and worked in the favor of Plymouth.

Falls was unable to find their scoring from Van Engen and Raeder like they had in the first half.

Thackray and Raeder collected layups to cut the lead to 34-29. Jankowski and Herring hit consecutive layups and pushed the lead back to 38-29.

The Falcons’Abby Quasius made a last second steal at the end of the third quarter to make it 38-32.

Falls made a 5-2 run to start the fourth quarter to cut it to 40-37 with four points from Van Engen.

Pieper drilled a back-breaking three-shot and the Plymouth was back to six point lead with less than four minutes remaining. Van Engen and Raeder cut the lead to 47-43 with 53 seconds left.

Majerus made 3 of 4 free throws at the end to secure the win.

Pieper led the Panthers’ attack with 11 points and Jankowski added 10. Hering finished with eight points and a team-high 10 rebounds and five steals. Majerus had a team-best five assists.

Van Engen led the Falcons with a game-high 17 points and Raeder collected 13. Van Engen, Preder and Thackray grabbed a team-high eight rebounds each.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The PHS junior varsity outscored the Falcons 30-13 in the second half for a 53-38 comeback win to move to 3-0 in the EWC (5-0 overall).

Abi Smrz led the PHS scoring with 16 points and Skyler Goose added 15. Smrz also had a team-high 10 rebounds and three steals.

Falls dropped to 2-1 in the EWC (4-3 overall). Autumn Scott had a team-high 15 points and Rachel Wilke put in nine.

PHS (3-0 in the EWC and 5-0 overall) cruised to a 62-33 freshman win, led by Jessica Leider’s 15 points. Sommer Stoney added 11. Leider also contributed a team-best eight assists.

Tuesday night, the PHS freshmen routed host Port Washington, 57-22. Leider paced the Panthers in scoring with 12 and Carly Lilek hit eight.

PLYMOUTH 48
SHEBOYGAN FALLS 43

Score by Quarters
Plymouth…...............12 20 6 10 – 48
Sheb. Falls.................13 12 7 11 – 43

Plymouth scoring: Kalei Hering 8, Morgan Lisowe 6, Jordyn Pieper 11, Lydia Rhude 2, Hannah Mauk 2, Emily Majerus 5, Gwen Streblow 4, Olivia Jankowski 10. Three-point goals: Pieper 1.

Sheboygan Falls scoring: Erika Van Engen 17, Nicole Preder 3, Abby Quasius 2, Payton Benzschawel 2, Britny Thackray 6, Becky Raeder 13.

Field goals: Plymouth 17-40, 43%; Sheboygan Falls1 7-53, 32%. Free throws: Plymouth 11-15, 73%; Sheboygan Falls 9-17, 53%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 21, Sheboygan Falls 33. Turnovers: Plymouth 16, Sheboygan Falls 17.


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