Panthers race to victory over Grafton

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


KAELI HERING, Plymouth guard, tries to drive to the basket between Grafton’s Katie Hunt (25) and Rachel Schmitz in Saturday’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KAELI HERING, Plymouth guard, tries to drive to the basket between Grafton’s Katie Hunt (25) and Rachel Schmitz in Saturday’s basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Plymouth’s full-court, up-tempo game propelled the Panthers to a 70-61 nonconference girls basketball win over Grafton Saturday afternoon at the PHS gym.

The Panthers, ranked No. 8 in last week’s Associated Press Division 2 poll, improved to 8-1. The Black Hawks dropped to 7-3.

PHS fell behind 6-2 at the outset and then reeled off 11 straight points to take a 13-6 lead. The Panthers led the rest of the contest. Hannah Mauk hit a driving layup to start the run and Olivia Jankowski scored the next four points, followed by Gwen Streblow’s three-point play and Lydia Rhude’s fastbreak layup.

The Black Hawks closed to within 13-11 but PHS responded with an 8-1 spurt to go up 21- 12 after one quarter. Kaeli Hering led the run with four points on two layups, including one off her steal. Jordyn Pieper’s fast-break basket capped off the stretch.

PHS led by as many as 16 in the second period at 35-19 with 2:50 left until halftime following a 14-7 run. Streblow’s six points, including a three-point goal, keyed the spurt. The Panthers led 42-27 at halftime.

The Panthers shot an excellent 56 percent (15 of 27) from the field in the opening half, fueled by an outstanding transition game which resulted in several layups. Hering exploded for 13 points off the bench in the first half to lead the Panthers. The sophomore guard finished the day with a game-high and a personal-best 17 points.

Streblow and Emily Majerus contributed 13 points each for Plymouth’s balanced offense. Majerus and Streblow had a team-high four assists apiece, followed by Mauk with three.

Mauk paced PHS in steals with four and shared the lead in rebounds with Majerus and Streblow with six each.

“In the first half we were able to play at our pace which is fast. We were able to pressure the ball and take them out their sets on offense,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“We’re at our best when we get up and down the floor. Kalei gave us a spark off the bench in the first half. Olivia and Hannah did a good job down low and boxed out well [rebounding].

“Emily had one of her best games, scoring-wise. Gwen was pretty solid overall. Hannah had a good game overall,” said Shutter.

“I was definitely pleased. We had a good game overall.”

PHS outscored Grafton 26-14 at the foul line, led by Streblow who was 8-for-9 and Majerus, 7-for-8. The Panthers were 13 of 16 at the line in the final quarter, led by Majerus’s seven free throws, which sealed the win.

Junior forward Katie Hunt was the Black Hawks’ top scorer with 15.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

Sommer Stoney had a teamhigh 18 points and seven steals to ignite the Panthers to a 41-24 win over Grafton in freshman action. Jessica Leider added 10 points and 11 boards for PHS.

Hannah Aukerman had a team-high 12 rebounds for PHS.

No junior varsity game was played because Grafton didn’t have a team.

Plymouth lost to Cedarburg, 42-34, in the finals of the Cedarburg JV tourney on Dec. 23. Sophie Albert and Skyler Gosse paced PHS in scoring with 11 each. Abi Srmz and Albert led PHS in rebounds with 10 apiece.

PHS routed West Bend East, 62-21, in the first round on Dec. 22, fueled by a 40-7 scoring advantage in the first half. Srmz scored a season-high 22 points to spark the Panthers. She also had a team-high six boards.

Brooke Frederickson paced PHS in steals and assists with six each.

In freshman play Dec. 22, the Panthers defeated host Cedar Grove-Belgium, 48-41. Leider hit a game-high 18 points and Stoney had nine. Leider also led PHS in assists and rebounds with six each. Stoney dished out five assists.

GRAFTON
61
PLYMOUTH
70

Score by Quarters
Grafton...................12 15 10 24 – 61
Plymouth…............21 21 7 21 – 70

Grafton scoring: Rachel Schmitz 6, Morgan Weisflog 2, Rachel Ruona 11, Gillian Waskiewicz 3, Chloe Doring 3, Katie Hunt 15, Maggie Proefrock 3, Lizzie Huettner 4, Kayla Borden 14. Three-point goals: Schmitz 1, Ruona 2, Hunt 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kalei Hering 17, Morgan Lisowe 2, Jordyn Pieper 7, Lydia Rhude 3, Hannah Mauk 9, Emily Majerus 13, Gwen Streblow 13, Olivia Jankowski 6. Three-point goals: Hering 1, Streblow 1.

Field goals: Grafton 21-42, 50%; Plymouth 21-49, 43%. Free throws: Grafton 14-28, 50%; Plymouth 26-33, 79%.

Rebounds: Grafton 30, Plymouth 31. Turnovers: Grafton 24, Plymouth 19.


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