PHS has successful season, future is bright

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS Basketball team finished second in the EWC with a 10-4 record and was 17-7 overall this past season. Team members include (front row, left to right) Emily Majerus, Morgan Lisowe, Lydia Rhude, Kalei Hering, Kaylee Krahn, (back row) head coach Brad Shutter, Jordyn Pieper, Cassy Sippel, Hayley Mueller, Olivia Jankowski, Hannah Mauk and Gwen Streblow. — Photo by Farenholz Photography THE PLYMOUTH GIRLS Basketball team finished second in the EWC with a 10-4 record and was 17-7 overall this past season. Team members include (front row, left to right) Emily Majerus, Morgan Lisowe, Lydia Rhude, Kalei Hering, Kaylee Krahn, (back row) head coach Brad Shutter, Jordyn Pieper, Cassy Sippel, Hayley Mueller, Olivia Jankowski, Hannah Mauk and Gwen Streblow. — Photo by Farenholz Photography PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth girls basketball team enjoyed a strong 2014-15 season and the future is very bright.

The Panthers, who finished second in the Eastern Wisconsin Conference with a 10-4 record, lose only one senior (starting guard Hannah Mauk). PHS was a Division 2 regional finalist and posted a 17-7 overall record.

“It was a good overall season. I knew we would be in contention for the conference championship and we had a shot at the end,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“Only losing one senior and bringing in a good group of junior varsity players, we should be contending for the conference championship again. I also look for us to take that next step in the tournament [playoffs].”

The JV was 21-1 (14-0 in the EWC) this past season.

Shutter said the main keys to the Panthers’ successful campaign was their up-tempo style of play, both offensively and defensively, and playing unselfishly as a team.

Shutter was most impressed by how cool they played in close games

“They always kept their com- posure and stayed positive,” he recalled.

Shutter commented on each of his players.

“Gwen Streblow and Jordyn Pieper had outstanding seasons. Emily Majerus did a great job of running the point,” he noted.

“Hannah Mauk and Olivia Jankowski did a great job defending in the post against bigger post players. Lydia Rhude, Kaylee Kuhn, Kalei Hering and Morgan Lisowe did a great job coming in off the bench and giving us a spark.

“Hayley Mueller and Cassy Sippel did a great job of contributing when they were called upon,” said Shutter.

He said the highlights of the season were being undefeated [at 6-0] going into the Christmas break, winning close games against Two Rivers and Howards Grove [Division 4 sectional qualifier] and the first quarter versus Waupun [EWC co-champion] at Plymouth.

Shutter expressed thanks to his players, assistant coaches Mike Gumm and Elliot Friedel; Bill Barber, the bus driver; the parents; and Greg Krahn, Lim Lautenschlaeger and Alex Shutter for helping with the scorebook for away games.

Streblow, a sophomore guard, led PHS in scoring with a 12.1 points-per-game average and rebounding at 5.2 per contest. The All-EWC first-team pick shared the lead in three-point goals with Pieper at 22 each. Pieper was named to the All-EWC second team.

Sophomore guard Emily Majerus paced PHS in assists with a 4.5 average. Pieper led in steals with a 1.7 average.

Lydia Rhude, a sophomore guard, was the top free-throw shooter with an outstanding 86.7 percent (26 of 30).

All of the Panthers earned varsity letters. Awards were presented to the team’s leaders in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals, freethrow shooting, three-point goals, free throws made and two-point goals.

“It was a great season and it was an honor to be able to work with such great girls,” said Shutter.

“We all need to take a look at our strengths and weaknesses and improve in all areas if we are going to take that next step. I’m Looking forward to seeing them develop this summer and come back stronger next season.”


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