Defense sparks Panthers to conference victory

by Greg Ceilley of The Review Staff


GWEN STREBLOW, Plymouth guard, looks for an open teammate as Campbellsport’s Ashley Emmer (23) and Toni Hundertmark converge in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. Plymouth’s Lexi Lautenschlaeger watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley GWEN STREBLOW, Plymouth guard, looks for an open teammate as Campbellsport’s Ashley Emmer (23) and Toni Hundertmark converge in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. Plymouth’s Lexi Lautenschlaeger watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Plymouth’s fast break and hounding defense fueled a 58-41 girls basketball win over visiting Campbellsport Tuesday night.

The victory upped the Panthers’ East Central Lakeshore Conference record to 5-1 (8-4 overall) and kept them in second place in the ECC, one game behind front-running Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) which is 6-0.

Campbellsport fell to 1-5 in the league (3-10 overall).

PHS, which played mostly man-to-man defense, forced 22 turnovers and converted sev- eral of them into points off fast breaks. The Panthers also scored several points in transition off defensive rebounds.

The Panthers held the Cougars’ offense to only 34-percent shooting from the field.


KALEI HERING of Plymouth runs a fast break with Campbellsport’s Ashley Emmer defending in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley KALEI HERING of Plymouth runs a fast break with Campbellsport’s Ashley Emmer defending in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “Our defense was really the key tonight. We played very good defense,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“Everything starts with our defense which leads to turnovers, and then we run off of that. Overall, I was pretty happy [with the team’s performance].

“In the second half, we went to a smaller lineup and were able to go faster and spread them out,” Shutter pointed out.

PHS put the game away with a 16-3 spurt in the second half to go up 48-28. The Cougars had pulled to within 32-25 after Samantha Jandre hit a three-pointer early in the second half before the Panthers made their big run.

Five Panthers scored during the 16-3 stretch, led by junior guard Lydia Rhude’s five points. Three of Plymouth’s baskets in the run were on fast breaks.

Junior guard Kalei Hering led a balanced PHS attack with 13 points, followed by Rhude with 10. Five Panthers scored at least eight points.

Emily Majerus led PHS in steals with four and assists, seven. Morgan Lisowe had three assists. Rhude and Gwen Streblow contributed three steals each.

Lexi Lautenschlaeger was Plymouth’s top rebounder with six, followed by Megan Goeser’s five.

Sophomore guard Alivia Wisnefske led the Cougars in scoring with 14.

PHS built a 28-9 lead in the first half and then Campbellsport went on a 9-0 run to close the gap to 28-18 at halftime.

“We did pretty well. We hold up our defensive end,” said PHS senior guard Jordyn Pieper who tallied eight points (six in the second half).

“That’s what we talk about the most is being good on defense and then the offense will come. Our main point is to get stops so we can transition and run our offense,” said Pieper.

“Lydia and Jordyn sparked us in the second half. Kalei played pretty decent in the second half,” said Shutter.

“Emily played well in the first half and shot the ball well.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

In junior varsity play, PHS cruised to a 32-9 halftime lead en route to a 48-21 win. Carly Lilek keyed the Panthers’ offense with 16 points and Jess Leider hit 12.

Hanna Goeser paced PHS in rebounds with seven and Sam Meyer had six. Leider led in steals with four. Lilek and Leider had a team-high three assists each.

“We played well as a team and ran the floor well,” said Panther coach Mike Gumm.

The PHS freshmen lost, 48- 38. Lauren Nicholson paced Plymouth in scoring with 13 and Jenna Iserloth had nine.

In other previous games, PHS defeated Sheboygan Lutheran on Saturday, 21-7; lost to Ripon, 36-31, Thursday; and beat Ke- waskum, 41-36, on Dec. 18.

Halie Wagner led PHS scorers versus Lutheran with nine. Iserloth’s eight points led her team against Ripon. Iserloth was Plymouth’s top scorer against Kewaskum with 13.


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