Panthers earn impressive win over Falcons

by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth drives to the basket against Sheboygan Falls’ Becky Raeder (33) and an unidentified teammate in Friday’s basketball game. Plymouth’s Kalei Hering looks on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth drives to the basket against Sheboygan Falls’ Becky Raeder (33) and an unidentified teammate in Friday’s basketball game. Plymouth’s Kalei Hering looks on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers would love to bottle their performance against county archrival Sheboygan Falls here Friday night in girls basketball action.

The Panthers dominated on offense, defense and rebounding as they cruised to an impressive 71-46 nonconference win. PHS evened its record at 1-1. The Falcons dropped to 1-1.

“I don’t know if we could’ve played a better game overall in all facets. We played really well in all areas. Overall, it was a very good team effort,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“We shot the ball well and we attacked [the basket] when we had the opportunity to. Our defense limited their transition and helped each other well. We boxed out well.”


LYDIA RHUDE of Plymouth looks for an open teammate while being pressured by Sheboygan Falls’ Payton Benzschawel in Friday’s basketball game. Also pictured are Plymouth’s Gwen Nytes and the Falcons’ Becky Raeder. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley LYDIA RHUDE of Plymouth looks for an open teammate while being pressured by Sheboygan Falls’ Payton Benzschawel in Friday’s basketball game. Also pictured are Plymouth’s Gwen Nytes and the Falcons’ Becky Raeder. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley The Panthers’ half-court defense, which included 3-2 and 2-3 zones and man-to-man, put constant pressure on the Falcons and made them work hard for the few open shots they had. Plymouth’s harassing defense forced 22 turnovers, including 11 on steals.

Offensively, PHS was sharp. The Panthers scored well with their fast break, including several points off steals, and was effective in the half-court, keyed by good ball movement which led to points inside and outside. The Panthers hit five three-pointers and scored several baskets on drives to the hoop.

“I was very impressed [with the team]. We did a really good job of running the floor and played really great defense,” said PHS junior guard Emily Majerus.

“Our help defense was a key on their shooters and drivers. We did a great job of attacking their defense and moving the ball quickly to catch them off their feet. Our drives and kicks [passes to the outside] were key, and we got a lot of shots on the three,” said Majerus.

The Panthers trailed 3-0 and then went on an 18-2 run which gave them an 18-5 lead about midway through the first half and they were in command the rest of the way. Six Panthers scored during the spurt, led by Gwen Streblow with five and Majerus, four. Streblow and Kalei Hering each drilled a three-pointer during the run.

Streblow and Falls’ Becky Raeder scored a game-high 21 points each. Hering chipped in with 15.

“Gwen had a good game overall. Kalei had a very good offensive game,” said Shutter.

The Panthers controlled the boards with a 39-28 rebounding edge. Streblow and Lydia Rhude paced PHS in rebounds with seven each, followed by Hering’s six.

Majerus led PHS in assists with five. Streblow had a team-high three steals.

“I’m really proud of us. We came out flat Tuesday against Sheboygan South [PHS lost, 59- 52] and we knew we had to come out with the intensity we needed to win,” said Streblow, a junior guard.

“It’s nice to see us get in rhythm [on offense], and we moved the ball around. We’re small and we have to beat teams with our speed. We beat them [Falcons] down the floor.

“We played great defense. We focused on Raeder and [Erika] VanEngen and we did a good job,” said Streblow.

VanEngen scored 10 points but was held without a field goal in the second half.

“Plymouth came out on a mission and outplayed us. They showed that they were the better team tonight,” said Falcon head coach Leroy Hamilton.

“We have a lot to learn. This is a building block. We’ll get better.

“We had some match-up problems. We panicked a lot [against Plymouth’s defense].

“Our girls didn’t give up,” added Hamilton.

The winner of this game received the Battle of Highway 23 traveling trophy. While these teams are no longer in the same conference, this game still means a lot to them. The trophy was designed by Hamilton.

“Falls is a big rival of ours and always will be,” said Shutter.

“This is a rivalry game. I want to make it fun for the kids,” said Hamilton about the traveling trophy.

“It’s super fun to play them. They’re a good team. The atmosphere was great,” said Streblow.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers upped their JV record to 2-0 with a 66-24 rout. Jess Leider led PHS in scoring with 17 points and Samantha Meyer hit 15.

Leider and Hannah Bishop paced PHS in rebounds with seven each. Gabi Mella had a team-high six assists and three steals apiece.

“A great team effort and balanced scoring were the keys to the victory,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

PHS committed only four turnovers while its defense forced 25.

Alayna Milne led Falls in scoring with 10 and Breanna Hausler had seven.


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