Experienced Panthers have high hopes

fi PHS returns three all-conference players
by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


GWEN STREBLOW, senior guard, is one of three All-ECC players returning for the Plymouth girls basketball team this season. Streblow was an All-ECC first-team pick as a junior. – Review file photo GWEN STREBLOW, senior guard, is one of three All-ECC players returning for the Plymouth girls basketball team this season. Streblow was an All-ECC first-team pick as a junior. – Review file photo PLYMOUTH – With a wealth of experience returning, the Plymouth Panthers will be aiming for a strong girls basketball season.

PHS finished third in the East Central Conference with a 10-4 record and was 16-8 overall last season. In Division 2 regional play, the No. 5-seeded Panthers thumped No. 4-seeded Slinger in the semifinals, 71-54, and fell to top-seeded Beaver Dam in the finals.

“We will have a successful season. We have a lot of players returning and some good juniors added in,” said Brad Shutter who is in his 11th season as Panthers’ head coach.

PHS has three All-ECC players back from last season, led by senior guard Gwen Streblow who was a first-team pick. The other all-league selections are senior guards Kalei Hering and Emily Majerus who were on the second- and honorable-mention teams, respectively. Streblow, Hering and Majerus are the Panthers’ returning starters.

Streblow led the Panthers in scoring last season with a 14.5 points-per-game average. She was also the top rebounder with a 4.9 average, hit a team-high 29 three-point goals and shared the lead in steals with Majerus at 2.2 per contest.

Hering was the Panthers’ No. 2 scorer with a 12.5 average. Majerus led the ECC in assists with a 3.9 average and paced PHS in assists for the overall season at 4.4 per game.

The Panthers have seven returning letter winners, including the three starters. The other letter winners are senior guards Lydia Rhude and Skyler Gosse, senior center Megan Goeser and junior guard Lexi Lautenschlaeger.

Shutter said the Panthers have good depth. He expects Streblow, Hering, Majerus and Rhude to lead the team. Among the varsity newcomers, Shutter has been impressed with junior center Jessica Leider and junior guard Emma Jewell. Leider and Jewell played on the junior varsity team last season which posted an 18-4 overall record (12-2 in the ECC).

The coach pointed to athleticism, depth and guard play as the team’s strengths.

The Panthers’ trapping, pressure defense was a key factor in the team’s success last season as it frustrated opponents and caused several turnovers, many of which led to transition points.

“We will be bringing back the 1-3-1 half-court trap this season. As always, our half-court defense leads directly into our offense.

Running is what they do best,” Shutter pointed out.

Winning ECC and regional titles are Shutter’s top goals. The keys for having success are staying healthy, shooting, defense and rebounding.

Shutter expects PHS, Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) and Waupun to be the leading contenders for the ECC crown. KML is the defending conference champion, having gone 14-0 last season. Waupun finished second at 11-3.


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