Panthers eke out OT win over Tigers

GIRLS BASKETBALL


LYDIA RHUDE (11), Morgan Lisowe (4) and Gwen Streblow of Plymouth go after a loose ball against Howards Grove’s Morgan Edge (12) and Brittany Schaller in Saturday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller LYDIA RHUDE (11), Morgan Lisowe (4) and Gwen Streblow of Plymouth go after a loose ball against Howards Grove’s Morgan Edge (12) and Brittany Schaller in Saturday’s basketball game. – Photo by Terry Schaller HOWARDS GROVE – How fitting it was that two of the top girls basketball teams in the area, both who pride themselves on stingy defense, battled into overtime with Plymouth edging Howards Grove, 41-38, here Saturday night.

The nonconference win raised the Panthers’ record to 13-3 and stretched their winning streak to three. The Tigers, who had a three-game winning streak ended, slipped to 13-5.

PHS outscored HGHS 9-6 in the overtime period, keyed by 7-for-9 free-throw shooting. Hannah Mauk led the Panthers in scoring in the overtime with three points, all on free throws. Emily Majerus and Gwen Streblow sank two foul shots each for PHS.

Streblow’s two free throws gave PHS a one-point lead in overtime and the visitors stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Each team scored only two points in the fourth quarter and the game was deadlocked, 32- 32, after regulation play.

The Panthers led 15-10 after one quarter, sparked by Streblow who tallied five points, followed by Hannah Mauk’s four. The Tigers’ Morgan Edge exploded for nine points in the period.

The HGHS defense shut down the Panthers’ attack in the second quarter – holding PHS to one field goal. The Tigers outscored PHS 13-3 in the period to take a 23-18 halftime lead.

PHS came out strong in the third quarter and outscored the Tigers 12-7 to tie the game at 30- 30. Jordyn Pieper scored four of her eight points in the period to lead the Panthers’ offense.

“What a great game between two evenly-matched teams,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“The free throws in overtime were huge. Free throws were the difference in the game.”

PHS outscored HGHS 11-8 at the charity stripe.

“Everyone contributed. It was a good overall effort,” said Shutter.

Shutter thought the Tigers did a good job on defense after switching to a 2-3 zone defense in the second quarter. He said both teams did a good job of limiting transition opportunities by the opponent.

Streblow led a balanced PHS offense with 10 points and Mauk hit nine. Streblow, a sophomore guard, also had a team-high nine rebounds, followed by Mauk with six.

Majerus paced PHS in assists with five and Mauk delivered three. Kalei Hering led in steals with three.

“Jordyn had a nice, solid game,” said Shutter.

In addition to her scoring, Pieper also had five rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. Hering also totaled five caroms.

“It was a hard-fought game. We battled foul trouble all game and we were down two key players with injuries, so that didn’t make it easy,” said Tiger head coach Heidi Georgeff.

“I thought we hung around but offensively we needed to shoot better than 30 percent to win the game. We missed a lot of opportunities.”

Edge, a senior guard, was Howards’ top scorer with 14, including 11 in the opening half. Brittany Schaller and Addi Gerber netted seven apiece.

Sophomore center Sam Yancy, the Tigers’ third-leading scorer this season with an 8.9 average per game, had foul trouble and scored only two points. Yancy had a team-high eight boards.

Shutter thought Olivia Jankowski and Mauk did a good job on defense against Yancy.

Edge led HGHS in assists with four and Schaller had three. Edge also had a team-best three steals.

“Plymouth is an aggressive, physical team. We knew we would have to match that intensity and I thought we did,” said Georgeff.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

Skyler Gosse scored 16 points to spark the Panthers to a 32-30 JV win. Abi Smrz added seven for PHS which improved to 15- 1.

Paige Splittgerber paced the Tigers in scoring with 10 and Kaitlin Guse contributed six.

“This was a nice test for us to win a close game. We haven’t had any close games all year,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

Megan Goeser pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds for PHS. Gosse led in assists with four. Brooke Frederickson and Carlee Olsen were first in steals with three each.

“It was a nice win for us. Howards has a good team,” said Gumm.

PLYMOUTH
41
HOWARDS GROVE
38

Score by Quarters
Plymouth...............15 31229–41
HowardsGrove....1013 726–38

Plymouth scoring: Jordyn Pieper 8, Emily Majerus 5, Olivia Jankowski 2, Gwen Streblow 10, Hannah Mauk 9, Kalei Hering 4, Morgan Lisowe 3. Three-point goals: Lisowe 1, Majerus 1.

Howards Grove scoring: Zyta Mueller 2, Brittany Schaller 7, Olivia Stauss 2, Morgan Edge 14, Sarah Lillesand 2, Sam Yancy 2, Kaitlynn Near 2, Addi Gerber 7.

Field goals: Plymouth 14-45, 31%; Howards Grove 14-46, 30%. Free throws: Plymouth 11-15, 73%; Howards Grove 8-14, 57%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 29, Howards Grove 26. Turnovers: Plymouth 21, Howards Grove 13.


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