Balanced offense keys Panthers’ lopsided win

RIPON – The Plymouth Panthers hiked their first-place East Central Conference girls basketball record to 4-0 (9-2 overall) with a 61-42 thumping of host Ripon Thursday night.

Once again the Panthers featured a balanced attack as six players scored at least seven points and three were in double figures. Senior guard Gwen Streblow keyed the offense with 15 points, followed by Lydia Rhude with 13 and Emma Jewell, 10.

The Panthers’ hounding, man-to-man defense had an impressive 18 steals, led by junior guard Emma Jewell with a career best six. Kalei Hering and Lexi Lautenschlaeger contributed three each.

“We played a good overall game. We didn’t shoot particularly well [34 percent from the field] but defensively we were very good,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

The Panthers blew the game open by outscoring the Tigers (1-3 in ECC, 2-7 overall) 38- 18 in the first half. PHS had five players with at least seven points in the opening half, led by Rhude with eight.

“Overall, it was a good road win. Emma played a good overall game. Lydia did a good job. Gwen had a steady overall game.”

Hering, Jewell, Rhude and Streblow had a team-high three assists each. Lautenschlaeger led in rebounds with eight, followed by Carly Lilek and Rhude with five each.

Marissa Davis led the Tigers’ offense with 15 points, including 10 in the second half.

JUNIOR VARSITY GAMES

The PHS JV 1 team rolled to a 65-9 win over Ripon. The Panthers improved to 3-1 in the ECC.

Kalani Smith led the Panthers’ attack with 17 points and Alesha Kaat-Fohr tallied 10. Christiana Hoyt and Jenna Iserloth scored nine and eight, respectively.

Smith and Halie Wagner led PHS in boards with 13 each and Lauren Nicholson contributed 10. Gabi Mella led in steals with five and Ashley Batzner had four.

“We played well on defense and shot the ball well,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

In their previous game last Tuesday night, the Panthers routed host Green Bay West, 58- 22. Kaat-Fohr led PHS scorers with 13 and Mella hit 10. Smith had a team-best 11 rebounds. Mella led in assists with seven.

Elise Bleck hit 12 points to lead the Panthers’ JV 2 squad to a 37-35 win over Ripon. Alexis Holloway and Carisa Kleinhans added eight and six, respectively.

“A real nice game after a month’s layoff,” said PHS coach Scott Milslagle.

“Ripon had a nice comeback at the end of the game and had a good look at the basket for the win but Alexis Holloway had a big block as time expired to help seal the win.”


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