PHS overcomes slow start to win regional debut

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth slashes to the hoop against Port Washington’s Allis Uselding (4) in Friday’s regional basketball game. Looking on are Plymouth’s Morgan Lisowe and the Pirates’ Brianna Ahner. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth slashes to the hoop against Port Washington’s Allis Uselding (4) in Friday’s regional basketball game. Looking on are Plymouth’s Morgan Lisowe and the Pirates’ Brianna Ahner. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Underdog Port Washington delivered most of the the early blows but the Plymouth Panthers recovered and stormed back to earn a 56-46 win in the Division 2 girls regional basketball semifinals here Friday night.

The No. 6-seeded Pirates’ attack had the No. 3-seeded Panthers’ defense back on its heels in the first quarter as the visitors built a stunning 20-10 lead going into the second. Port Washington carved up the PHS defense in the opening period with several driving layups and Karley Lehtikangas chipped in with a three-point goal.

Plymouth’s defense took over the game after the first period – forcing 23 of Port Washington’s 26 turnovers in the final three quarters combined. PHS converted several steals into transition points.

The Panthers reeled off six straight points to close out the second quarter and shave the Pirates’ lead to 28-26 at halftime. The six points were on three fast-break layups off steals – Hannah Mauk scoring two of them.

PHS outscored the Pirates 30- 18 in the second half. The Panthers held Port Washington scoreless in the third period until the 3:50 mark. Jordyn Pieper’s hit a shot from the perimeter at the buzzer which gave PHS a 38-34 lead after three quarters.


JORDYN PIEPER of Plymouth uses a screen by teammate Olivia Jankowski (middle) to drive past a Port Washington defender in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JORDYN PIEPER of Plymouth uses a screen by teammate Olivia Jankowski (middle) to drive past a Port Washington defender in Friday’s regional basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley

The Panthers took control of the game with a 10-4 run in the first 4:00 of the fourth period to build a 48-38 lead. Sophomore guard Gwen Streblow keyed the spurt with six points on two driving layups and a pair of free throws.

PHS sealed the win by hitting eight free throws in the last 1:40.

Plymouth, who beat the Pirates in the regular season, improved to 17-6. The Pirates finished 5-18.

“Once we picked up our defense, we did better on offense,” said Pieper.

“We lost our first game last year [in regional play] and didn’t want a repeat of that, so we worked as hard as we could.”

Streblow led PHS in scoring with 17 points and Mauk, a senior guard, tallied 15. Mauk, Emily Majerus and Streblow had a teamhigh three steals each.

Majerus paced Plymouth in assists with four. Pieper, Majerus and Olivia Jankowski led in rebounds with five each.

“I give them [Pirates] credit. They played very well in the first quarter. They crashed the boards and got the ball inside,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

“Our defense stepped up. We came back and we played so hard on defense. After the first quarter, we played well on both ends. Our defense was the key.

“Gwen had a really good game. She attacked and got to the line. Hannah Mauk had a good overall game,” said Shutter.

Streblow was 9-for-12 at the foul line. PHS outscored the Pirates 22-7 at the line.

“I’m really proud of the team,” said Majerus. “We came out slow but our defense picked us up.

“You have to have good defense to help the offense and conby vert to fast breaks.”

PORT WASHINGTON
46
PLYMOUTH
56

Score by Quarters
PortWash.…....20 8 612–46
Plymouth...........10 16 12 18 – 56

Port Washington scoring: Allie Uselding 2, Amanda Baierl 16, Lilly Cook 6, Karley Lehtikangas 6, Brianna Ahner 6, Ann Nuedling 2, Hannah Strohm 8. Three-point goals: Lehtikangas 1.

Plymouth scoring: Kalei Hering 6, Morgan Lisowe 5, Gwen Streblow 17, Jordyn Pieper 7, Emily Majerus 4, Hannah Mauk 15, Lydia Rhude 2.

Field goals: Port Washington 19- 43, 44%; Plymouth 17-53, 32%. Free throws: Port Washington 7-13, 54%; Plymouth 22-28, 79%.

Rebounds: Port Washington 35, Plymouth 26. Turnovers: Port Washington 26, Plymouth 11.


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