Panthers roll, stay perfect in ECC race

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


MEGAN GOESER of Plymouth attempts to score against a trio of Ripon defenders in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. The Wolves’ Ashley Brooks (22) looks on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley MEGAN GOESER of Plymouth attempts to score against a trio of Ripon defenders in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. The Wolves’ Ashley Brooks (22) looks on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers were hitting on all cylinders here Thursday night en route to a 74-51 trouncing of the Winneconne Wolves in girls basketball action.

“This was one of our better overall games this year,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“Our intensity was good overall. The three-balls – we’ve been shooting them very well lately. Defensively, we held their two big girls [6-foot post Makenzie Becker and 6-2 post Sadie Kosciuk] down.”

Becker and Kosciuk scored only two and eight points, respectively.

The Panthers buried eight three-pointers, led by senior point guard Emily Majerus who hit three. Plymouth’s trapping, pressing defense had an impressive 20 steals. The Wolves committed a whopping 32 turnovers.

“Our press sped them up and made them play faster than they wanted to. Our press and halfcourt trap worked well,” said Shutter.

The Panthers upped their first-place East Central Conference record to 3-0 (5-1 overall) and ran their winning streak to three. Winneconne dropped to 1-2 in the ECC (3-2 overall).

PHS ripped off 12-0 run in the first half to build a 25-9 lead with 7:25 left in the first half. Five Panthers scored during the stretch, led by Lydia Rhude with a trey and Lexi Lautenschlaeger’s three-point play off a fast break. The Panthers were in command the rest of the game.

The Panthers seized a 37- 20 halftime lead, sparked by Majerus who scored 10 points, including a pair of three-point goals. Majerus finished the night

Score by Halves Winneconne..................20 31 – Plymouth.......................37 37 –

Winneconne scoring: Leah Kubasta 6, Sydney Zima 10, Abby Gilman 5, Ashley Brooks 4, Jordyn Ellis 16, Makenzie Becker 2, Sadie Kosciuk 8. Three-point goals: Kubasta 1, Zima 2, Gilman 1, Ellis 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kaeli Hering 12, Carly Lilek 2, Emma Jewell 8, Lydia Rhude 9, Lexi Lautenschlaeger 5, Emily Majerus 15, Megan Goeser 2, Gwen Streblow 13, Jessica Leider 8. Three-point goals: Hering 1, Jewell 1, Rhude 1, Majerus 3, Streblow 1, Leider 1.

Field goals: Winneconne 20-45, 44%; Plymouth 28-64, 43%. Free throws: Winneconne 5-18, 28%; Plymouth 10-16, 63%.

Rebounds: Winneconne 32. Plymouth 30. Turnovers: Winneconne 32, Plymouth 17. with a team-high 15 points.

Gwen Streblow and Kalei Hering chipped in with 13 and 12 points, respectively, for PHS which had six players with at least eight. The Panthers ran the floor very well, scoring several points off steals.

Majerus had an excellent overall game. She also had a team-high eight assists and five steals. Hering and Rhude contributed four assists each. Hering and Streblow had four steals apiece.

Jessica Leider paced PHS in rebounds with six, followed by Lautenschlaeger and Megan Goeser with five each.

“Emily had a great overall game,” said Shutter. “She has good court vision. She is so in control.

“Kalei and Gwen played well again. Lexi had a good game on the boards. Everyone contributed.”

Jordyn Ellis was the Wolves’ top scorer with 16, including 14 in the first half.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAME

The PHS JV 1 team suffered its first loss of the season, 50-34. The Panthers slipped to 2-1 in the ECC (5-1 overall).

Winneconne outscored PHS 30-14 in the second half after the game was tied 20-20 at halftime.

“We played hard but it just wasn’t our night. We’ll be ready for our next game,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

Hanna Goeser led PHS in scoring with 11 points and Ashley Batzner had nine. Kalani Smith had a team-best six boards. Gabi Mella led in assists with six.


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