Homestead edges Panthers on late basket

PLYMOUTH – Sophomore Chloe Marotta hit a baseline jumper with four seconds left to give Homestead a 56-55 win over the Plymouth Panthers in a girls basketball game here Saturday night.

The nonconference win upped the Highlanders’ record to 2-0. The Panthers dropped to 2-2.

After Marotta’s basket, the Panthers were unable to attempt a shot before the buzzer because of a turnover.

PHS played only seven players because three team members were unavailable, including starting forward Lexi Lautenschlaeger who was sick.

“As a team, we played very well overall, considering we were short-handed. We played hard and scrapped,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

The Panthers’ zone defenses were outstanding in the first half as the home team took a 29-17 halftime lead. PHS forced Homestead to shoot mostly from the outside in the opening half and the Highlanders struggled on offense. PHS used a 17-0 run to go up 17-4.

The Highlanders’ offense heated up in the second half – sinking four three-pointers – and scored several points on secondchance opportunities. Homestead dominated the boards throughout the game – finishing with a 41-21 rebounding advantage. PHS was held to only one offensive rebound.

“Homestead is pretty big and athletic,” said Shutter.

Gwen Streblow led PHS in scoring with 14 points. Marotta led Homestead’s attack with 17.

“Emily Majerus played very well running the show. We had contributions from everyone.”

Majerus, a junior point guard, led PHS in assists with six and Morgan Lisowe dished out five. Majerus and Kalei Hering had a team-high three steals each.

Jordyn Pieper and Skyler Gosse paced PHS in rebounds with five each.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers fell from the unbeaten ranks in JV play with a 52-48 loss. PHS rallied from a 14-point deficit in the first half and tied the game, 42-42.

Jess Leider keyed the Panthers’ offense with 15 points and Sam Meyer tallied seven. Meyer led in boards with 10.

Becky Haumschild, Carly Lilek, Gabi Mella and Meyer led PHS in steals with two each. The assist leaders were Lilek, Emily Lavine and Mella with two apiece.


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