Free throws key in Panthers’ ECC defeat

JACKSON – Kettle Moraine Lutheran outscored the visiting Plymouth Panthers 19-7 at the free-throw line to key a 67-59 win in East Central Conference boys basketball action Tuesday night.

The Panthers fell to 5-7 in the ECC (9-11 overall). The Chargers upped their league mark to 5-6 (9-10 overall).

KML was 19-for-22 at the foul line, including 18-for-20 in the second half. PHS was only 7-for-14 at the foul line for the game.

“In the latter part of the second half we played solid defense but things happened against us which were out of our control, resulting in KML shooting free throws which eventually led to the difference in the game,” said PHS head coach Tim Schultz.

KML junior guard Grant Biesterfeld led all scorers with 25 points, keyed by 15 in the first half. Biesterfeld canned three three-pointers.

Junior forward Brandon Keller led PHS in scoring with 14. Keller and Cody Kuhn shared rebounding honors with five each. Cole Booth had a team-high six assists and four steals.

“Matt Richards played well in his first game back after being out a week due to illness. Brandon Keller and Derek Schweiger both played well in the post,” said Schultz.

“Alex Shutter and Cody Kuhn were both aggressive on offense.

“Offensively, we were aggressive taking the ball to the hoop. Defensively, we forced KML into turnovers but were unable to convert the turnovers into point,” said the coach.


Joel Williams exploded for 24 points to spark the Panthers’ JV 2 squad to a 60-29 rout. Cooper Gosse added 11 points for PHS which improved to 8-4 in the ECC (16-4 overall).

Gosse paced PHS in steals with an impressive nine. Williams had a team-high six boards. PHS coach Scott Richards said Riley Huibregtse played well.

The JV 1 report was unavailable at press time.

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