Panthers celebrate Senior Night with ECC win


ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, attempts to drive past an unidentified Winneconne player in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. The Wolves’ Joe Bissett watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley ALEX SHUTTER, Plymouth guard, attempts to drive past an unidentified Winneconne player in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. The Wolves’ Joe Bissett watches. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers celebrated Senior Night with a 65-51 win over Winneconne Thursday in both teams’ boys basketball regular-season finales.

The victory improved the Panthers’ East Central Conference record to 8-6 (13-9 overall) which gives them a fourth-place finish. The Wolves are 3-11 in the ECC (8-13 overall).

PHS outscored Winneconne 31-17 in the second half to pull away after the teams’ battled to a 34-34 standoff at halftime. Cody Kuhn scored eight of his 13 points in the second half to lead the PHS attack.

Senior forward TJ Moegenburg had one of his best games of the season for PHS with a team-high 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kuhn also grabbed 10 boards to go with 13 points.


BEN POTRYKUS of Plymouth launches a shot during Thursday’s ECC basketball game versus Winneconne. The Wolves’ Jake Ellis (24) looks on. – Photo by Jason Hassel BEN POTRYKUS of Plymouth launches a shot during Thursday’s ECC basketball game versus Winneconne. The Wolves’ Jake Ellis (24) looks on. – Photo by Jason Hassel Moegenburg scored 10 points in the first half, including two three-point goals, to spark the Panthers’ offense.

Kuhn and Will Hunter paced PHS in assists with four each. Layton Albright and Alex Shutter contributed three assists apiece.

“I thought our six seniors played well together, especially in the first part of the first half,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

“I believe in many cases a team is only as good as its seniors. Although it may not always show up in the box score or in the number of minutes each one of the seniors plays each game, these six seniors have been tremendous all season long.

Their effort, positive attitudes and enthusiasm have all been very strong since the first practice. I am very happy to see them play well and lead us to victory on Senior Night,” said Schultz.

The other seniors are Albright, David Hassel, Ben Potrykus, Gage Nischke and Hunter.

“In the first half we allowed too much dribble-penetration which lead to fouling which in turn led to Winneconne getting to the line 11 times [making nine free throws] which contributed heavily to the score being tied at the half,” said Schultz.

“In the second half we did a good job of limiting their ability to penetrate and forced them into taking outside shots which is not an area of strength for them.”

The Wolves were only 4 of 19 from three-point range.

“Offensively we moved the ball extremely well at times against their zone and were able to handle their full court pressure for some quick scores,” said the coach.

“TJ played extremely confident all-night long.”

Jake Ellis led Winneconne in scoring with 17.

JV, FRESHMAN GAMES

PHS won its junior varsity fina- le, 48-37, to finish 9-5 in the ECC and 14-8 overall.

Brandon Keller led a balanced Panther attack with 12 points. Cade Knaus and Holden Reilly added 11 and 10, respectively. Reilly made three three-pointers.

Keller had a team-high eight rebounds and shared the lead in assists with Alex Kelly at three each.

The Panther freshmen wrapped up an excellent season with a 60- 39 rout. PHS chalked up a 12-2 league record and an 18-3 overall mark.

Noah Baratka poured in 25 points to spark the PHS offense. Nick Falls chipped in 16. Falls had a team-best nine rebounds.


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