Strong defense keys Panthers’ EWC rout

by Matt Kraus
Review Co respondent

PLYMOUTH – Tenacious, pressure defense by the Plymouth Panthers girls’ basketball team led PHS to a 64-28 rout over the New Holstein Huskies here Friday night.

The Panthers improved to 8-2 in conference (12-3 overall) and maintained a tie with Kiel atop the Eastern Wisconsin Conference standings, following Kiel’s victory over Kewaskum Friday night. New Holstein dropped to 2-8 in conference play (3-14 overall).

Jordyn Pieper led the Panthers’ defensive charge with relentless ball pressure from baseline to baseline while the team behind her played shut-down defense.

“I told the girls that was the best defense we’ve played all year,” said Plymouth head coach Brad Shutter.

“Nothing came easy [for New Holstein]. The ball pressure by Jordyn didn’t allow them to get into anything,” said Shutter.

Following two turnovers by each team, a basket by Gwen Streblow put the Panthers on the board at 2-0 and to a lead they would never relinquish. The Panthers began to work the ball inside and in the process of opening a 12-0 lead, saw six players score, capped off by a three-point basket by Lydia Rhude.

The Panthers maintained the shut-out until 2:30 remained in the first quarter when Huskies senior guard Tori Zipperer, converted two free throws to trim the lead to 12-2.

Rhude made two free throw attempts and Olivia Jankowski finished a fast break with a layup, giving Plymouth a 16-2 lead. The Huskies answered with a basket and the quarter concluded with Plymouth leading 16-4.

A by-product of Plymouth’s defense was first-half foul trouble. Hannah Mauk and Kalei Hering committed two fouls each in the first quarter. Mauk’s third foul and the team’s seventh, just 12 seconds into the second quarter, sent the Huskies to the free-throw line for bonus free throws.

Zipperer made two free throws for the Huskies, cutting the Panthers lead to 16-6.

Morgan Lisowe followed with a lay-in for the Panthers and Emily Majerus answered a Huskies’ free throw with a basket to give Plymouth a 20-7 lead.

New Holstein was able to cut the Panthers lead to 22-12 at the 4:51 mark of the second quarter following a three-point basket by Karissa Preston. Rhude responded for Plymouth with a three-point basket and a layup for five of her game-high 12 points to give the Panthers a 27-12 lead.

The teams exchanged threepoint baskets before Rhude converted another layup for the Panthers. Pieper responded to two Huskie-made free throws with her second three-point basket in less than a minute to give the Panthers their 35-17 halftime lead.

After playing only four minutes in the first half due to foul trouble, Mauk came out of the halftime break and made her presence felt immediately, grabbing five rebounds (two offensive) and scoring six of her eight points in the first 4:20 of the third quarter as the Panthers built the lead to 46-20.

“Nobody plays harder [than Mauk]. She is a leader by example and sets the tone for the team in games and practice,” said Shutter.

The Panthers opened the fourth quarter committing turnovers on their first three possessions but only gave up one made free throw before Jankowski scored her 10th and final point of the night on a pass from Streblow.

Streblow went on to score the next six points as the Panthers opened up a 59-26 lead.

Jankowski had a team-high 10 rebounds and five steals. Streblow added 10 points for the Panthers.

“Olivia is undersized but she fights and is tough. She grabbed 10 rebounds tonight,” Shutter concluded.


In junior varsity play, the Panthers bolted to a 24-3 lead after one quarter en route to a 73-32 romp. PHS improved to 10-0 in the EWC (13-1 overall). Abi Smrz ignited the PHS attack with 21 points. Lexi Lautenschlaeger added 13 points.

Lautenschlaeger, Brooke Frederickson and Gwen Nytes paced PHS in rebounds with eight each. Skyler Gosse had a team-high eight assists. Gosse, Lautenschlaeger and Frederickson led in steals with four apiece.

The PHS freshmen breezed to a 54-10 rout. Sommer Stoney, Carly Lilek and Emily Lavine led the Panthers in scoring with 14 each.

Katie Pocian led PHS in steals with five. Lilek had a team-best five assists. Lavine led in boards with five.


Score by Quarters
NewHolstein.............413 9 2–28
Plymouth….............16 19 16 13 – 64

New Holstein scoring: Megan Hickey 2, Karissa Preston 8, Taylor Doherty 6, Tori Zipperer 4, Emily Casper 7, Brady Faber 1. Three-point goals: Preston 2.

Plymouth scoring: Jordyn Pieper 6, Emily Majerus 7, Olivia Jankowski 10, Gwen Streblow 10, Hannah Mauk 8, Lydia Rhude 12, Kalei Hering 7, Morgan Lisowe 2, Cassy Sippel 2. Three-point goals: Pieper 2, Rhude 2.

Field goals: New Holstein 6-48, 13%; Plymouth 23-52, 42% (2-pointers).

Free Throws: New Holstein 14-20, 70%; Plymouth 6-13, 46%.

Rebounds: New Holstein 28, Plymouth 37. Turnovers: New Holstein 20, Plymouth 15.

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