Panthers notch second straight crucial win

WAUPUN – The Plymouth Panthers earned another big win in the East Central Conference girls basketball race with a 69-65 comeback win over host Waupun Friday night.

PHS and Waupun are expected to be strong contenders for the ECC championship. The Panthers gained sole possession of first place at 2-0 and improved to 4-1 overall. The Warriors slipped to 1-1 in the league and 4-2 overall.

The Panthers stormed back after trailing by 11 with about 9:00 left. The rally was fueled by a full-court press which caused several turnovers, and three-point shooting. Kalei Hering, Lydia Rhude, Emily Majerus and Gwen Streblow sank one trey each in the second half.

Plymouth’s clutch free-throw shooting down the stretch helped cement the victory. PHS was 12-for- 16 at the charity stripe in the final half.

“I’m extremely proud of the girls and the way they fought back. This is a huge road win. Everyone contributed,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

The Panthers also knocked off another ECC title contender, Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson), 73-59, on Tuesday night.

Rhude, a senior guard, led a balanced PHS offense with 18 points, including four three-balls. Rhude sparked the Panthers in the first half with 11 points, including three treys.

Streblow chipped in with 16 points – a team-high 13 in the second half. Lexi Lautenschlaeger contributed 12 points off the bench and Majerus tallied 10.

Majerus paced PHS in assists with three. Jessica Leider led in rebounds with seven and Rhude grabbed six.

Streblow led the Panthers in steals with four, followed by Rhude and Majerus with three each. PHS had an excellent 13 steals.

Shutter thought Lautenschlaeger and Emma Jewell played very well off the bench.

Danielle Hopp led the Warriors’ attack with 17 points.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The PHS JV 1 team stayed unbeaten with a 44-32 win. The Panthers are 2-0 in the ECC (5-0 overall).

Alesha Kaat-Fohr led a balanced PHS offense with 10 points, followed by Hana Goeser with nine and Jenna Iserloth, eight. Kaat-Fohr had a team-high seven boards.

Gabi Mella paced PHS in steals with five and Kalani Smith made four. Mella also had a team-best eight assists.


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