Kiel downs PHS in EWC title showdown

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


LYDIA RHUDE, Plymouth guard, passes the ball under pressure from Kiel’s Tasha Rabe (left) and Sydnee Pieper in Thursday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley LYDIA RHUDE, Plymouth guard, passes the ball under pressure from Kiel’s Tasha Rabe (left) and Sydnee Pieper in Thursday night’s EWC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Kiel’s size advantage and strong inside attack, combined with good pressure defense, propelled the Raiders to a 63- 48 win over Plymouth in an Eastern Wisconsin Conference girls basketball showdown Thursday night at the PHS gym.

The impressive victory gave the Raiders a share of the EWC title with Waupun at 11-3. The EWC championship is the first in school history for Kiel which finished 18-4 in the regular season. The Raiders’ previous conference championship was in 1973 when they won the Packerland.

Waupun defeated Two Rivers, 49-34, Friday night to earn the cochampionship. This was the final season for the EWC in its current alignment of schools. PHS and Waupun are moving to the new East- Central Conference this fall.

PHS, which needed a win to earn at least a share of the league crown, finished second in the EWC at 10-4 and dropped to 15-6 overall. Plymouth, Kiel and Waupun were tied for first coming into Thursday.

“It’s a good group of kids. They have the opportunity to hold their heads [up] and hang their hats on that [EWC championship],” said Raider head coach Jeremy Bushman.

“If there’s any group of kids who deserve it, it’s this one.”

The Raiders, led by the inside scoring punch from 6-foot-1 Cassie Schweitzer and 6-0 Tasha Rabe, outscored the Panthers 41-20 in the second half to obliterate a 28-22 halftime deficit. The junior forwards combined for 26 points (14 by Rabe and 12 for Schweitzer) in the second half after being held to a total of only four in the first half.

The Raiders executed their highlow offense well in the second half in which they used their height advantage to pass the ball into the low-post area which led to several baskets. Kiel didn’t use the high-low action as much in the opening half and the Panthers’ defense was effective in pressuring the ball and not allowing Kiel to work the ball inside very much.

Guard Sara Winkel hit two threepoint goals and Sydnee Pieper nailed one to help Kiel stay close in the first half.

The Raiders outscored PHS 17-5 in the third quarter to seize a 39-33 lead. Schweitzer scored six points and Rabe had five to spark the Kiel offense in the period. The Raiders stepped up their pressing defense (full and half court) in the third quarter which caused many of Plymouth’s seven turnovers.

Kiel’s defense continued to cause havoc in the fourth period as PHS committed five more turnovers. The Panthers had only two turnovers in the first half.

The Raiders, led by 12-for-16 foul shooting, outscored PHS 24-15 in the fourth quarter which busted the game open. PHS pulled to within 41-36 after Jordyn Pieper’s short jumper at the 7:10 mark. Kiel responded with a 10-0 run to build a 51-36 advantage with 4:56 left and then coasted from there.

Rabe started the spurt with a layup, followed by back-to-back treys from Winkel and Jeana Fale, capped off by Schweitzer’s two free throws. Rabe and Winkel spearheaded the Raiders’ offense in the final period with seven points each, followed by Schweitzer’s six.

The Panthers pushed the ball up the court strong in the first half which sparked them to a 28-22 halftime lead. PHS broke Kiel’s press effectively which led to several fastbreak points.

PHS used a 7-2 run, keyed by Gwen Streblow’s three-ball, at the start of the second quarter to take a 21-12 lead with 4:50 remaining.

Hannah Mauk’s layup put PHS up 23-14 with 3:30 remaining. Mauk scored six of the Panthers’ last seven points in the first half.

Pieper led PHS in scoring with 15 points and Streblow had nine. Morgan Lisowe and Streblow had a team-high three assists each.

Streblow paced the Panthers in steals with three. Kalei Hering led in rebounds with five.

Rabe led Kiel’s balanced attack with 16 points. Winkel and Schweitzer added 15 and 14, respectively.

“We come out and for some reason we don’t play very good third quarters. They imposed their will on us and turned the momentum around on us,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“They got the ball inside more in the third quarter and ran more highlow stuff. They’re so strong and were able to finish.

“Kiel is a good, all-around team. Jeremy does a good job. They have height, shooters and girls who can handle the ball. They deserve it [EWC title],” said Shutter.

“We came out strong in the first half. We attacked their press well and got baskets against it. We defended their big girls [well] in the first half.”

“We had a strong first half but came out weak in the second half,” said Mauk, Plymouth’s lone senior, who was honored on Senior Night before the game.

“I give Kiel a lot of credit. They were driving to the basket and they ran the high-low well. They are hard to defend, especially when they have the height advantage.

“It was definitely disappointing [not winning the EWC title], especially being my senior year. We tried as hard as we could. I was pleased with our effort,” said Mauk.

“Being the only senior, I felt honored to be recognized.”

“Jordyn stepped up again and had a good overall game,” said Shutter.

Kiel dominated the boards – holding a 31-18 rebounding edge. The Raiders scored several baskets on put-backs.

The Raiders outscored PHS 18-9 at the free-throw line.

Bushman pointed out the keys to the Raiders’ strong second half.

“The girls got some of the jitters out of them and got a feel of how the flow of the game was going to be,” he said.

“The biggest thing was that we limited them to one shot. We gave up eight offensive rebounds in the first half and maybe one in the second half.

“We got back [on defense] and challenged their shots, and we finished around the rim a lot better in the second half,” said Bushman.

Even though his team didn’t win the EWC crown, Shutter was pleased that his young team contended for first.

“We’re young and small, and were probably the least likely to be in this situation [contending for the title] but that’s a testament to the girls with how hard they play and how well they play together,” he said.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers finished 14-0 and first place in EWC JV play with a 72-21 drubbing of Kiel. PHS, which won its 13th in a row, improved to 20-1 overall.

“We played well as a team and made some great passes,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

Brooke Frederickson sparked the Panther attack with 21 points and Skyler Gosse hit 11. Frederickson led in rebounds with 10. Sophie Albert had a team-high nine assists and Gosse made six.

Cassandra Nicholson, Albert, Gosse and Frederickson led PHS in steals with three each.

The freshman game results were unavailable at press time.

KIEL
63
PLYMOUTH
48

Score by Quarters
Kiel….......................10 12 17 24 – 63
Plymouth.................14 14 5 15 – 48

Kiel scoring: Tasha Rabe 16, Cassie Schweitzer 14, Jeana Fale 8, Gabby Daane 2, Sierra Schobert 3, Addison Dahmer 2, Sydnee Pieper 3, Sara Winkel 15. Three-point goals: Pieper 1, Winkel 3, Fale 1.

Plymouth scoring: Kalei Hering 4, Morgan Lisowe 2, Gwen Streblow 9, Olivia Jankowski 2, Jordyn Pieper 15, Emily Majerus 2, Hannah Mauk 8, Lydia Rhude 6. Three-point goals: Pieper 2, Streblow 1.

Field goals: Kiel 20-41, 49%; Plymouth 18-48, 38%; Free throws: Kiel 18-26, 69%; Plymouth 9-13, 69%.

Rebounds: Kiel 31, Plymouth 18. Turnovers: Kiel 14, Plymouth 14.


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