Panthers seize sole lead in EWC race

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth drives and scores against Campbellsport’s Abigail Gierach in Tuesday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth drives and scores against Campbellsport’s Abigail Gierach in Tuesday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – After a sluggish first half, the Plymouth Panthers kicked it into overdrive on offense and defense in the second en route to a 61-43 girls basketball win over visiting Campbellsport Tuesday night.

The Panthers moved into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with a 5-1 record (9-2 overall). Two Rivers and Kiel are tied for second with 4-2 records. Two Rivers defeated Kiel, 55-45, Tuesday night which knocked the Raiders out of a first-place tie with Plymouth.

The Panthers’ aggressive, hounding defense was the catalyst in the second half as it created several turnovers, many which led to transition baskets. PHS, hurt by the Cougars’ penetration on offense in the first half, buckled down in the final half and allowed few shots inside.

The Panthers outscored the Cougars (1-5 in the EWC, 3-9 overall) 32-15 in the second half after leading only 29-28 at halftime.

PHS rebounded much better in the second half after giving up several second-shot opportunities in the first two quarters, some of which resulted in baskets. For the game, the Panthers held a 37-28 rebounding edge.

“We played with more intensity in the second half. We were passive in the first half,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“We came out in the second half and pushed the ball up the court and got good looks and attacked the basket. We got turnovers and they led to easy baskets.

“In the second half we did a lot of better job against what they were trying to do on offense. We pressured the ball and did a lot better job of taking away their cuts. We were more physical,” said Shutter.

“This was a good team win. Everybody scored and everybody contributed.”

The Panthers used a 13-3 run to close out the third quarter and mount a 46-35 lead. Seven Panthers scored points during the stretch which was capped off by Jordyn Pieper’s steal and layup. PHS was in command the rest of the way.

Plymouth’s defense forced six turnovers during the run. The Panthers forced 27 Cougar turnovers, on the night, including an impressive 16 off steals.

Hannah Mauk led PHS in steals with four, followed by Pieper and Lydia Rhude with three each. Sophomore guard Kalei Hering scored 13 points off the bench to lead the Panthers’ attack. Pieper chipped in with 10.

Emily Majerus paced the Panthers in assists with four and shared the rebounding lead with Mauk at six apiece.

“Jordyn played a very good game overall. Kalei had a very good game. Hannah always plays so hard. Olivia Jankowski had a decent game,” said Shutter.

Jankowski scored seven of her nine points in the first quarter which led PHS.

Senior guard Brooke Birschbach was the Cougars’ top scorer with 15.


PHS outscored the Cougars 31-22 in the second half to key a 54-41 junior varsity win. The Panthers upped their EWC record to 6-0 (9-1 overall).

Skyler Gosse poured in 22 points to spark the PHS offense. Lexi Lautenschlaeger and Brooke Frederickson added 12 and 10, respectively.

Sophie Albert and Gosse led in rebounds with five each.

Gosse had a team-high eight steals and Albert had three. Gosse handed out a team-high five assists, followed by Albert with four.

The PHS freshmen won, 44-27, to improve to 6-0 in the EWC (12- 0 overall). Sommer Stoney keyed the Panther offense with 13 points. Becky Haumschild and Samantha Meyer added six points each.

Haumschild had a team-best 12 assists. Stoney led in steals with six.


Score by Quarters
Campbellsport........1414 7 8–43
Plymouth….............17 12 17 15 – 61

Campbellsport scoring: Nicole Hepp 8, Brooke Birschbach 15, Abigail Gierach 4, Tiffani Anderson 5, Ashley Emmer 3, Autumn Thoma 5, Jamie Schrauth 2, Alivia Wisnefske 1.

Plymouth scoring: Kalei Hering 13, Morgan Lisowe 2, Jordyn Pieper 10, Lydia Rhude 3, Hayley Mueller 2, Hannah Mauk 8, Emily Majerus 6, Cassy Sippel 2, Gwen Streblow 6, Olivia Jankowski 9. Three-point goals: Pieper 2.

Field goals: Campbellsport 12- 40, 30%; Plymouth 28-63. 44%. Free throws: Campbellsport 17-29, 59%; Plymouth 3-6, 50%.

Rebounds: Campbellsport 28, Plymouth 37. Turnovers: Campbellsport 27, Plymouth 18.

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