Panthers’ defense keys rout in season debut

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


EMILY MAJERUS of Plymouth slashes to the basket against Sheboygan South’s Genita Luma in Tuesday night’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley EMILY MAJERUS of Plymouth slashes to the basket against Sheboygan South’s Genita Luma in Tuesday night’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Fueled by outstanding pressure defense, the Plymouth Panthers dismantled the Sheboygan South Redwings, 84- 24, in a girls basketball game here Tuesday night.

The contest was the season opener for both teams.

Junior 6-foot center Jessica Leider, in her first varsity season, ignited the Panthers’ attack with 26 points off the bench. Senior guards Gwen Streblow, Emily Majerus and Lydia Rhude contributed 16, 11 and 10, respectively.

The Panthers’ half-court trap gave South fits as it forced several turnovers, including many steals which were converted into baskets. PHS scored several points with a well-executed fast break which included a lot of sharp passes.

The Panthers busted the game open with a 22-0 run which gave them a 25-5 lead with 9:19 left in the first half. Leider and senior guard Lydia Rhude led the charge


GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth attempts to drive past Sheboygan South’s Isabelle Barrington in Tuesday night’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley GWEN STREBLOW of Plymouth attempts to drive past Sheboygan South’s Isabelle Barrington in Tuesday night’s basketball game. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley __ with nine and seven points, respectively. All eight of the Panthers’ field goals during the stretch were layups, mostly in transition.

PHS built a whopping 53-12 halftime lead, led by Leider’s 17 points.

“We played completely unselfish. It was a good game to kind of get the young ones’ jitters out and work on a new dribble-drive offense. I was very pleased with the execution on offense and defense,” said Streblow.

“It all starts on defense. We were getting steals and fast-break points which were the majority of our points. Jess [Leider] played incredible.

“A lot of our points came off beating someone off the dribble and dishing it to someone, and that’s the key,” said Streblow.

PHS had an outstanding 21 assists and 14 steals. The Panthers’ defense forced 22 turnovers.

Streblow led PHS in assists with six and Skyler Gosse had five. Streblow and Leider shared the lead in steals with three each. Sam Meyer had a team-high seven rebounds.

“It was a great game. We played well. Offensively, we did what we’re expected to do,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter. “It was our running game more than anything.

“Our defense is always going to lead us to be able to fast break and score, and they did a good job with that. No matter who you are playing, to score 84 points is pretty impressive.”

Shutter thought Leider, Streblow, Majerus and Rhude played very well. He said junior guard Emma Jewell did a good job starting for senior Kalei Hering who was absent because of a college visit.

“Jess is a pretty nice weapon for us. She is a good-scoring post player for us which we haven’t had for a while. She has a nice touch around the basket and can run the floor and finish,” said Shutter. “Everybody played and contributed.”

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The Panthers rolled to a 57- 34 win in the JV contest. Ashley Batzner led PHS scorers with 12. Courtney Casper and Kalani Smith added eight each.

Hanna Goeser paced PHS in rebounds with 11 and Jenna Iserloth grabbed six.

“We played hard and everyone played a lot. We played well for a first game,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.


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