Second-half surge keys Panthers’ victory

WINNECONNE – Plymouth’s offense heated up in the second half to key a 50-36 boys basketball win over Winneconne here Friday night.

PHS, which bounced back from a lopside loss to Waupun Tuesday night, upped its East Central Conference record to 3-4 (8-6 overall). The Wolves fell to 2-5 in ECC play (6-7 overall).

The Panthers outscored Winneconne 38-19 in the second half, sparked by blistering 70-percent field-goal shooting (14-for-20). PHS was only 4-for-24 from the field in the first half as they trailed 17-12 at halftime.

Senior forward Gage Nischke ignited the PHS attack in the second half with all 18 of his game-high 18 points, including two three-point goals. Alex Shutter and Cody Kuhn contributed eight points each for the Panthers in the second half.

“In the first half we struggled to shoot the ball, however we were getting good looks at the hoop. In the second half we continued to get good looks and were able to convert,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“I felt we played pretty well, defensively, for most of the game – forcing Winneconne into 25 turnovers and preventing them from getting good shots in their offense.”

The Wolves shot only 28 percent from the floor.

Derek Schweiger led PHS in re-

Score by Halves Plymouth…........................12 38 – 50 Winneconne.......................17 19 – 36

Plymouth scoring: Alex Shutter 10, Adam Smith 3, Cody Kuhn 8, Will Hunter 3, Gage Nischke 18, Tyler Moegenburg 6, Derek Schweiger 2. Three-point goals: Smith 1, Nischke 2.

Winneconne scoring: Tanor Ecklund 2, Zach Noll 3, Ashtin Busching 1, Domenic Tegrootenhuis 4, Jake Ellis 14, Jere Franz 2, Scott Kramer 10. Three-point goals: Ellis 1.

Field goals: Plymouth 18-44, 41%; Winneconne 13-46, 28%. Free throws: Plymouth 11-20, 55%; Winneconne 9-16, 56%.

Rebounds: Plymouth 26, Winneconne 26. Turnovers: Plymouth 19, Winneconne 25.

_ bounds with seven, assists, four and steals with three. Kuhn also had three steals to go with six boards. Alex Shutter handed out three assists.

“Gage Nischke played a great second half, scoring 18 points and contributing in other areas,” said Schultz.

“Adam Smith hit a key threepoint shot in the second half to help us stretch the lead and take command of the game.

“Will Hunter and Derek Schweiger both played well inside. Tyler Moegenburg played well off the bench,” said the coach.

Moegenburg tallied six points, all in the first half.

Jake Ellis led the Wolves’ offense with 14 points.


The Panthers dropped the junior varsity contest, 57-42. PHS, 4-3 in the ECC (9-5 overall), was led in scoring by Brandon Keller with 11 points and Cade Knaus, 10. Alex Kelly had a team-high six boards.

Kelly and Mason Guell paced PHS in assists with three apiece. Knaus, Kelly and Keller had a teamhigh three steals each.

In their previous game Tuesday night, the Panthers lost to visiting Waupun, 50-46. Knaus led PHS scorers with 21 points. Guell had a teamhigh four assists and three steals.

In freshman play Friday, the Panthers rallied from a 12-point deficit in the second half to defeat Winneconne, 48-43. PHS improved to 6-1 in the ECC (11-2 overall).

Nick Falls led PHS in scoring with 15 and Michael Troka netted 12. Falls and Troka had a team-best six rebounds each. Sawyer Hering played well in reserve, said PHS coach Scott Richards.

In their previous game, the Panthers fell to Waupun, 44-39. Falls paced PHS in scoring with 16 and boards, six.

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