Panthers have sights on conference title

PHS returns two all-conference players
by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff


GWEN STREBLOW dribbles downcourt against Lexi Lautenschlaeger during the Plymouth girls basketball team’s preseason practice last Tuesday. The Panthers open their season Nov. 17 at Sheboygan South. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GWEN STREBLOW dribbles downcourt against Lexi Lautenschlaeger during the Plymouth girls basketball team’s preseason practice last Tuesday. The Panthers open their season Nov. 17 at Sheboygan South. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – An experienced Plymouth girls basektball team has high hopes this season, including making a run at the inaugural East Central Conference championship.

The Panthers return six letter winners, including a pair of All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference players, from the 2014-15 squad which finished 17-7 and was a Division 2 regional finalist.

“We should be in for a very good season. Our new players are fitting in very well,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter who enters his 10th season at the helm.

Heading the group of returnees are junior guards Gwen Streblow and Jordyn Pieper. Streblow, an All-EWC first-team pick as a sophomore, led the Panthers in scoring with a 12.1 points-per-game average and rebounding at 5.2 per contest.

Streblow shared the PHS lead in three-point goals with Pieper at 22 each last season. Pieper, an All-EWC selection last season, paced her team in steals with a 1.7 average. Junior guard Emily Majerus, a returning letter winner, led in assists with a 4.5 average.

The other letter winners back are senior guard Morgan Lisowe, and junior guards Kalei Hering and Lydia Rhude. The varsity newcomers, all members of last season’s outstanding junior varsity team which was 21-1, include junior guard Skyler Gosse, junior forwards Gwen Nytes and Lexi Lautenschlaeger, and junior center Megan Goeser.

The coach said the newcomers can all contribute to the team in different ways.

Shutter sized up the team overall.

“Our strengths are athleticism, experience and shooting. Our weakness is a lack of overall height,” he pointed out.

Only one Panther is taller than 5-feet-9.

The veteran coach noted the keys for the team to be successful this season:

“Half-court defense and rebounding, limiting turnovers on our end and getting a good shot every time down the floor on offense,” he said.

Shutter expects a competitive ECC race, with PHS, Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) and Waupun the top title contenders. KML was a Division 2 state qualifier last season, falling to state champion Whitewater in the semifinals.

“It will be a good conference for girls basketball. KML is just off a trip to the state tournament and Waupun will be tough as well,” said Shutter.

“I look forward to the challenge of playing in a new conference against teams we are not as familiar with.”

Waupun shared the EWC title last season with Kiel while PHS finished second. Also moving from the EWC to the East Central were Kewaskum and Campbellsport.

The coach said his top goals are to win the the conference championship and make a deep run in the playoffs. Last season, PHS defeated Port Washington in the semifinals after earning a first-round bye. The Panthers fell to Beaver Dam in the finals.


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