Raiders defeat Panthers in showdown for EWC lead

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Matt Kraus
Review Correspondent


OLIVIA JANKOWSKI of Plymouth drives to the basket for a layup against the Kiel defense during Thursday’s EWC basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News OLIVIA JANKOWSKI of Plymouth drives to the basket for a layup against the Kiel defense during Thursday’s EWC basketball game. – Photo by Craig Hoffman, Tri-County News KIEL – The Kiel Lady Raiders, ranked No. 6 in Division 3, hosted the Plymouth Panthers, ranked No. 8 in D-2, in a battle for the lead in Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball, and left with 67-53 victory here Thursday night.

Kiel improved to 4-1 in conference (10-1 overall) and moved into a tie atop the conference with Plymouth, as the Panthers fell to 4-1 in conference (8-2 overall).

“We would like to win every game but losing one game when more than half of the season remains is not the end of the world. We do play Kiel one more time,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

Raider head coach Jeremy Bushman offered a different perspective.

“We had to win to stay within striking distance. Even though we play Plymouth again, we would have been two games behind [with a loss],” said Bushman.

Shutter and Bushman both agreed the match-up was a contrast in styles. Kiel has size and Plymouth is more athletic.

“We have a nice combination with Cassandra Schweitzer [6-foot center] and Tasha Rabe [6-0 center/forward],” said Bushman.

“Gwen Streblow [guard] and Olivia Jankowski [forward] are good in the open court and attacking the defense. Olivia is undersized [at 5-10] in the post but is at her best in transition. Gwen can take control of the game,” said Shutter.

Kiel opened up a seven-point lead at the end of the first quarter and led by 19 points at half but the Panthers came out of the locker room from the halftime break looking like a different team. Although the teams played to a 14-14 stalemate in the third quarter, the fourth quarter brought on a Plymouth comeback.

The Panthers opened the fourth quarter with four players scoring during an 11-0 run to get within 54-45 at the 4:15 mark of the period.

Kiel followed with two free throws but Streblow hit a three- pointer and a free throw to bring Plymouth to within seven points, 56-49, with 2:53 remaining.

The Raiders responded with a put-back on an offensive rebound by Sierra Schobert and a basket by Jeana Fale to open Kiel’s lead to 60-49. Emily Majerus made two free throws for the Panthers to reduce the lead to nine.

The final 1:35 of the game saw Kiel convert 7 of 10 free throws while the Panthers only scored on a basket by Lydia Rhude, to bring the game to its final score of 67-53.

Plymouth opened the game with a strong defensive effort, forcing turnovers on Kiel’s first four possessions and taking a 4-0 lead on a basket and two free throws by Jankowski.

Kiel responded with a threepoint basket, a two-point basket and three free throws to take a 8-4 lead which they would never relinquish. Hannah Mauk responded for Plymouth on a giveand go lay-in to bring the Panthers to an 8-6 deficit.

Kiel senior forward Schweitzer, an all-EWC first-team selection last season, was held scoreless and did not have a rebound until 55 seconds remained in the first quarter. At that point, she converted two lay-ins and grabbed a defensive rebound.

As the second quarter began, Schweitzer continued where she left off in the first – scoring Kiel’s first seven points of the quarter, grabbing two rebounds, plus two steals and a blocked shot.

The Raiders led 29-16 following Emily Majerus making two free throws for the Panthers. The Raiders concluded the half outscoring the Panthers 10-4 and taking a 39-20 halftime lead.

Streblow scored the Panthers first 10 points of the third quarter and added two rebounds. Jankowski and Jordyn Pieper added two points each for the Panthers in the quarter.

Kiel matched Plymouth’s scoring output in the quarter and maintained a 19-point lead heading to the final quarter. Tasha Rabe scored seven points for Kiel in the quarter and led the team with 19 points.

Schweitzer led Kiel with eight rebounds, including five offensive boards. Sydnee Pieper dished out a team-high five assists while Jeana Fale led in steals with four.

“We had some girls who were sick this week and we were short in our rotation because of Sydnee Pieper’s foul troubles but everyone in the lineup did their job. Sierra Schobert helped us inside tonight,” said Bushman.

Plymouth head coach Brad Shutter complemented his entire team for its second half performance.

“The girls were supportive of one another. They played in- credibly hard. We knew we were beating ourselves in the first half and knew we had a run in us,” said Shutter.

“The team was able to increase the pace of the game and allow Gwen to operate in the open court in the second half,” said Shutter.

“Gwen was more aggressive attacking the basket in the second half and was getting to the line,” added Shutter.

Streblow made 11 trips to the free-throw line (making five) and had a team-high 17 points and six rebounds. Streblow, Pieper and Emily Majerus had three steals each to lead the team. Pieper led the team in assists with three.

Ultimately Shutter didn’t want to put too much stock in one game.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

Plymouth’s junior varsity team cruised to a 50-18 victory over Kiel by using an early full-court press and pressure defense to get turnovers leading to breakaway baskets and layups.

Plymouth scored 18 straight points to open the game and maintained a shutout until 1:49 remained in the first quarter when Kiel converted a single free throw. Kiel’s first field goal was a three-point shot, three minutes into the second quarter.

Plymouth maintained a 28-6 point lead at halftime.

“Our defense played awesome tonight. Ten of our 11 girls scored,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

Skylar Gosse and Brooke Frederickson scored nine points to lead the Panthers.

Goose and Sophie Albert had a team-high six steals each, with Albert and Fredrickson adding three assists to pace PHS.

Gwen Nytes led the team with eight rebounds and Abi Smrz followed with six.

The Panther freshmen remained unbeaten with a 42-16 rout. Jessica Leider and Becky Haumschild scored nine points each to lead the PHS attack.

Sommer Stoney paced PHS in assists with 10 and chipped in eight points. Hanna Aukerman led the team in rebounds and steals with six and five, respectively, to go with six points and eight assists.

PLYMOUTH
53
KIEL
67

Score by Quarters
Plymouth..................12 8 14 19 – 53
Kiel…........................19 20 14 14 – 67

Plymouth scoring: Gwen Streblow 17, Olivia Jankowski 16, Jordyn Pieper 6, Emily Majerus 6, Hannah Mauk 4, Kalei Hering 2, Lydia Rhude 2; Threepoint goals: Streblow 4, Hering 1, Pieper 1.

Kiel scoring: Tasha Rabe 19, Cassandra Schweitzer 14, Jeana Fale 11, Gretta Binversie 6, Sierra Schobert 6, Sydnee Pieper 5, Sara Winkel 4, Addison Dahmer 3; Three- point goals: Pieper 1, Fale 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 16- 37, 43%; Kiel 22-51, 43%; Free Throws: Plymouth 15-21, 71%, Kiel 20- 29, 68%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 21, Kiel 30. Turnovers: Plymouth 27, Kiel 20. ___________________________


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