Panthers suffer first defeat

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers were unable to overcome cold three-point shooting and a lack of free throws as they lost to Oshkosh North, 62-53, in a girls basketball game here Saturday afternoon.

PHS slipped to 2-1. The nonconference game was the Spartans’ opener.

The Panthers were only 6-for- 28 (21 percent) from three-point land and were outscored 15-7 at the free-throw line. Due to Plymouth’s poor long-range shooting, North was able to pack in its 2-3 zone defense which made it hard for PHS to score inside.

Sophomore 5-foot-4 guard Ashley Wissink hit a game-high 19 points to spark the Spartans. Wissink exploded for 16 points in the second half to spark North which outscored PHS 35-31.

PHS started strong in the first half but had about an eight-minute stretch when it struggled scoring. North led 27-22 at halftime.

The Panthers rallied from a double-digit deficit in the second half – pulling to within three with about three minutes left. The Spartans sealed the victory by making several free throws down the stretch.

Senior guard Gwen Streblow led PHS in scoring with 18, followed by Kalei Hering’s 11. Streblow drained four three-pointers.

“Oshkosh North isn’t big but they played hard. They outhustled us and played a little harder than we did,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

The Spartans scored several baskets on the fast breaks as PHS had trouble getting back to defend. North scored several points by attacking the basket.

Shutter thought Streblow and Hering had decent offensive games.

Jessica Leider paced PHS in rebounds with eight and Emily Majerus grabbed six. Hering had a team-high five assists, followed by Majerus and Streblow with three each.

Hering and Streblow led the Panthers in steals with four apiece.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

The Panthers’ JV No. 1 squad outscored North 33-17 in the second half en route to a 53-37 win. PHS upped its record to 3-0.

“Balanced scoring was the key and solid defense,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

Courtney Casper was the Panthers’ top scorer with 15 points and Kalani Smith tallied 10. Hanna Goeser chipped in with eight, followed by Jenna Iserloth and Lauren Nicholson with seven each.

Smith paced PHS in assists with four.

In its previous game on Tuesday night, PHS routed visiting Kiel, 46-23 (not 55-23 as was reported in Thursday’s Review). Smith keyed the Panthers’ attack with 15 points and Ashley Batzner hit 12. Goeser led in boards with seven.


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