Panthers earn key conference win over KML

JACKSON – A strong second half sparked the Plymouth Panthers to a key road win over Kettle Moraine Lutheran in a girls basketball game Thursday night.

The victory pushed the Panthers’ first-place East Central Conference record to 6-0 (11-2 overall) and dropped defending champion KML 2½ games behind PHS at 4-3 (5-8 overall).

“This was a good win on the road. I was definitely pleased with the team,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter whose team was ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Division 2 poll last week.

The Panthers trailed early in the game but rallied to take a 29-24 halftime lead. Senior guard Gwen Streblow erupted for 15 points in the opening half to spark the PHS attack. PHS was 10-for-12 at the foul line in the first half.

“We got to the free-throw line and Gwen attacking the basket were really important in the first half,” said Shutter.

“We came out in the second half and got some stops and converted [on offense].”

Senior guard Kalei Hering ignited the Panthers’ offense in the second half with all 13 of her points. Hering hit a three-pointer and scored several points by attacking the basket.

Streblow led a balanced PHS attack with 21 points, followed by Rhude with 16. Emma Jewell tallied 11.

Streblow and Jewell led PHS in assists with four each and Hering dished out three.

PHS had an outstanding 19 steals, many coming off its 1-3-1 trapping defense. Hering, Jewell and Streblow had a team-high five steals each. The Chargers committed a whopping 28 turnovers.

Lydia Rhude and Streblow paced the Panthers in rebounds with seven apiece.

“Lydia had a good overall game. Emma played well at point guard and attacked the basket. Emma did a decent job of handling the ball against their press,” said Shutter.

“Kalei and Gwen had pretty good games. Lexi Lautenschlaeger and Jessica Leider played well on defense against No. 33 [Ariana Miller].”

Miller, a forward, was held to only four points, including just one field goal.

Sophomore forward Jayme Soderbeck led KML in scoring with 16, including four treys.


The Panthers’ JV 1 team outscored KML 30-16 in the second half en route to a 54-41 victory. PHS improved to 5-1 in the ECC (12-1 overall).

Alesha Kaat-Fohr led PHS in scoring with 16 points and Jenna Iserloth had 14.

Hana Goeser paced PHS in rebounding with 11. Ashley Batzner led in assists with seven. Goeser had a team-high three steals.

“I liked the intensity we had tonight. We had a team effort,” said PHS coach Mike Gumm.

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