Panthers’ red-hot start keys win in EWC showdown

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


KALEI HERING of Plymouth drives to the basket against Waupun’s Emily Peterson during Friday’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KALEI HERING of Plymouth drives to the basket against Waupun’s Emily Peterson during Friday’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers came out of the gate on fire – exploding to a 28-11 lead after one quarter which propelled them to a 70-58 girls basketball win over previously unbeaten Waupun Friday night at the PHS gym.

PHS gained the sole lead in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference as it improved to 4-0 (6-0 overall). Waupun (8-1 overall), which shared first heading into the contest, dropped into a tie for second with Kiel at 3-1.

The Panthers, who led the entire game, put it all together in the opening period – scoring inside, outside and on fast breaks. Plymouth’s swarming defense forced three turnovers, two of which led to a pair of baskets.

Seven Panthers scored in the first quarter, led by Gwen Streblow and Jordyn Pieper with seven each. You kind of knew it was the Panthers’ night when Streblow banked in an off-balanced runner at the buzzer to cap off the firstquarter onslaught.

Waupun, which trailed by as many as 21 in the first half at 34- 13, refused to fold and cut the Panthers’ lead to 49-44 with 1:50 left in the third period. Danielle Hopp buried a three-pointer to climax the Warriors’ 11-4 which made it 49-44.

Waupun was more aggressive on offense and defense, plus PHS went cold from the field during Waupun’s rally. The Warriors handled the Panthers’ pressure defense better and were able to work the ball inside more effectively in the third period.

The Warriors were unable to come closer than five the rest of the contest. PHS went on a 14-4 run during a five-minute stretch in the fourth quarter which sealed the victory as the home team took a 70-51 lead. Streblow sparked the spurt with six points on two threepoint plays.

“This is a great win against a good team. It was a team effort all the way around,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

Streblow, a sophomore guard, led a balanced PHS attack with 17 points. Kalei Hering and Hannah Mauk contributed 13 and 12, respectively.

Streblow had a strong overall performance as she also had seven rebounds, tying Mauk for the team lead, and four assists and three steals.

Sophomore guard Emily Majerus had a career-high 10 assists to pace PHS. Pieper scored nine points and had a team-best five steals off the bench.

“Right away we came out and were on our game. We played really intense,” said PHS senior forward Olivia Jankowski who had nine points.

“We shut down their post players and hit our shots [in the first quarter]. On offense, we attacked but weren’t too eager,” said Jankowski.

“We came out hot which was nice because we’ve been off on our outside shots [this season],” said Streblow. “We boxed out [on the boards] which we needed to do because we knew they were bigger than us.”

“Gwen played really well. Kalei played outstanding,” said Shutter. “Hannah Mauk played hard and played like a senior leader should.”

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

The Panther junior varsity upped its EWC mark to 4-0 (6-0 overall) with a 56-28 romp. Abi Smrz had a double-double to lead PHS as she scored 11 points and 11 boards. Lexi Lautenschlaeger also tallied 11 points.

Brooke Frederickson paced PHS in assists with three and Sophie Albert had a team-high four steals.

Jessica Leider’s 23 points led PHS to a 58-54 freshman win. The Panthers are 4-0 in the league (6-0 overall). Hanna Aukerman hit 16 points for PHS. Sommer Stoney led the team in assists with seven.

WAUPUN
58
PLYMOUTH
70

Score by Quarters
Waupun.............11 18 16 13 – 58
Plymouth….......28 12 13 17 – 70

Waupun scoring: Maiah Domask 9, Emma Stelsel 7, Danielle Hopp 8, Sydney Flier 10, McKenna Keach 2, Emily Peterson 7, Kayla Bonack 3, Taylor Dolske 12. Three-point goals: Domask 1, Stelsel 1, Hopp 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kalei Hering 13, Jordyn Pieper 9, Lydia Rhude 3, Hannah Mauk 12, Emily Majerus 3, Cassy Sippel 4, Gwen Streblow 17, Olivia Jankowski 9.

Field goals: Waupun 22-49, 45%; Plymouth 28-51, 55%. Free throws: Waupun 10-19, 53%; Plymouth 9-14, 64%.

Rebounds: Waupun 28, Plymouth 26. Turnovers: Waupun 14, Plymouth 11.


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