Panthers earn outright ECC crown

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


BRAD SHUTTER (middle), Plymouth head coach, talks strategy with his team during Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. PHS assistant coach Travis Streblow listens in. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley BRAD SHUTTER (middle), Plymouth head coach, talks strategy with his team during Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. PHS assistant coach Travis Streblow listens in. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – With Tuesday night’s girls basketball game tied 37-37 with 13:10 left the Plymouth Panthers knew they needed to kick it into overdrive to put a pesky Kewaskum team away.

The Panthers answered the call emphatically by outscoring the Indians 37-14 in the last 12:52 to win, 74-51. The victory clinched the outright East Central Conference basketball championship for PHS. The Panthers’ previous league title was in 2011 when they earned the undisputed Eastern Wisconsin Conference crown.

“It feels great [winning the ECC undisputed title]. It means a lot to the team. Our next goal is to be undefeated in the conference,” said Panther senior guard Gwen Streblow whose team has one league game left.


JESSICA LEIDER (right) of Plymouth pressures Kewaskum’s Breana Trepes in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. The Panthers’ Gwen Streblow looks on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley JESSICA LEIDER (right) of Plymouth pressures Kewaskum’s Breana Trepes in Tuesday’s ECC basketball game. The Panthers’ Gwen Streblow looks on. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley “Kewaskum is a tough team and we knew that coming in. Anyone can beat anyone on a given day. I’m proud of the team. We have a great team.”

PHS, ranked No. 6 in the Associated Press Division 2 poll, improved to 13-0 in the ECC (19-2 overall). The Panthers’ winning streak grew to 13. Kewaskum fell to 3-10 in the ECC (10-11 overall).

The Panthers dominated on offense and defense to fuel their 37-14 run. Their man-to-man defense clamped down and forced seven turnovers, during the stretch, including four on steals. Plymouth’s transition game led to several baskets and the Panthers scored well by attacking the hoop strong.

Gwen Streblow scored the Panthers’ first nine points in the big run, including a three-point goal.

Lydia Rhude followed with a triple which gave PHS a 49- 37 lead. Junior center Jessica Leider hit eight of the Panthers’ last 16 points, including two follow up baskets and a layup off her steal.

The Panthers built a 32-15 lead in the first half but the Indians rallied with a 10-0 spurt to cut Plymouth’s advantage to 32- 25 at halftime. Forward Rachel Holt scored two baskets inside and Meliss Schneider drained a three-ball to lead the comeback.

Senior guard Kalei Hering and Rhude, a senior guard, spearheaded the Panthers’ attack in the first half with 10 points each. Rhude buried two three-pointers in the half. Hering scored two layups off her steals.

“We’re a hard-working team, so I think we deserve it [ECC title],” said Rhude.

“We each have our roles on the team so we can get the job done which makes it easier.”

Leider led a balanced PHS offense with 18 points and Rhude hit 17. Leider also had a teamhigh eight rebounds and four steals.

Streblow paced her team in assists with four and Hering had three.

“I’m proud of the girls. This is a talented team and they deserve the conference championship outright. This was definitely the first goal we had,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

“Once they were able to tie us [at 37-37] we said during a timeout that we had to kick this into gear. We started hitting shots, we started attacking the basket and we got the ball inside. Our defense amped up the last 8-10 minutes.

“Everyone contributed. It was a good effort by everyone,” said Shutter.

PHS was an outstanding 16- for-18 at the foul line – making 10 more free throws than Kewaskum.

Mikayla Dogs led the Indians’ scoring with 15 – 11 in the opening half.


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