Panthers have very successful season

GIRLS BASKETBALL
by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


GWEN STREBLOW, shown driving against Sheboygan South, led Plymouth in scoring for the 2016-17 basketball season. Streblow is the Panthers’ all-time leading scorer. – Review file photo GWEN STREBLOW, shown driving against Sheboygan South, led Plymouth in scoring for the 2016-17 basketball season. Streblow is the Panthers’ all-time leading scorer. – Review file photo PLYMOUTH – A balanced offense and a stingy defense sparked the Plymouth Panthers to an outstanding 2016-17 girls basketball season.

The Panthers had high hopes coming into the season, with a lot of experience returning, and they put their stamp on PHS basketball history. The Panthers won the East Central Conference title with a 14-0 record, finished 21-3 overall and had a 15-game winning streak before falling to Cedarburg in the Division 2 regional semifinals.

Head coach Brad Shutter said he isn’t surprised at all that his team had such a successful season.

“We had very high expectations for the group at the beginning of the season. They had a great season. It ended sooner than we wanted it to but looking back it was a very successful season,” said Shutter.


KALEI HERING, pictured driving to the hoop past a Ripon player, paced Plymouth in steals per game this past basketball season. – Review file photo KALEI HERING, pictured driving to the hoop past a Ripon player, paced Plymouth in steals per game this past basketball season. – Review file photo The Panthers made it tough on opposing defenses because they had multiple weapons and could score in the half-court and in transition. PHS scored a lot off turnovers it created through presses and traps, and had the quickness to run the floor very well.

PHS had five players who averaged at least 7.5 points per game and three who were in double figures. The Panthers averaged an impressive 69.0 points per contest

Four Panthers averaged between 2.5 and 2.8 steals per contest. The PHS defense allowed only 48.4 points per game.

“We had a talented group of girls who could put the ball in the basket and their ability to work together as a unit on defense,” said Shutter when asked what the keys were to the Panthers’ strong season.

He said the highlights of the season were going undefeated in the ECC and winning the league title, earning 21 wins and defeating Waupun, 66-65, in overtime at PHS in a battle of ECC leaders. The victory upped the first-place Panthers’ lead over second-place Waupun to 1½ games.

Shutter commented on each of the PHS seniors.

“Gwen Streblow is the alltime leading scorer [in PHS girls basketball history]. It will be tough to replace that one,” said the coach.

Streblow, a guard, was a four-year starter and finished her career at PHS with 1,238 points. She passed Terri Schumacher, a 1981 graduate, during the Panthers’ regional semifinal win over Kewaskum this past season. Schumacher totaled 1,207 points.

“Lydia Rhude [guard] had an awesome season. She sparked us to a lot of those wins,” Shutter pointed out.

“Kalei Hering [guard] was a true leader of this team. She had some huge games when other teams thought they could take away Gwen and Lydia. They forgot how good she [Hering] was as well.

“Emily Majerus [point guard] was a coach on the floor. Before she got hurt, her numbers were outstanding. Emma Jewell [junior point guard] did a great job stepping in but you really don’t replace her,” said the coach.

Majerus was the Panthers’ starting point guard until she suffered a torn ACL and was sidelined the rest of the season after playing in 13 games.

“Skyler Gosse [senior forward] gave us a lot of valuable minutes in a number of different positions. She is a tough, hardworking girl and a great teammate,” Shutter observed.

“Megan Goeser [senior center] stepped up when needed and gave us some valuable minutes as well when called upon. She is one of our hardest workers in practice and always pushed our post players to get better.

“This senior class was one of the best, if not the best I have every had. It is up to the next group to see if we can stay at the level we are at. That will only happen with time in the gym and hard work,” said Shutter who completed his 11th season at the helm.

Shutter said what he will remember the most about the season is how much fun it was to watch the team.

He thanked everyone for their support and help this past season, including bus driver Bill Barber, athletic trainer Yoshi Ono, junior varsity girls and Dawn Streblow for doing the statistics and assistant coaches Mike Gumm, Scott Milslagle and Travis Streblow.

“The junior girls improved throughout the year. Now they need to put the time in during the summer to improve on their weaknesses.”

The Panthers have five juniors who played on the varsity and lettered this past season. The team should get a boost from the junior varsity which finished 21-1 overall and won the ECC crown at 13-1 this past season.

FINAL STATS, AWARDS

Streblow led the Panthers in scoring with a 16.4 average, followed by Rhude at 11.0 and Hering, 10.7. Streblow also led in three-point goals with 38. Majerus hit an outstanding 65.4 percent (17 of 26) from three-point range which paced the team.

Junior center Jessica Leider shot a team-high 55.8 percent from the field overall. Rhude was the top free-throw shooter with 78.8 percent.

Jewell and Majerus led in assists with 2.5 per game each. Hering had a team-high 2.8 steals per contest, followed by Streblow with 2.7.

The Panthers’ varsity letter winners include: seniors – Hering, Rhude, Majerus, Streblow, Gosse and Goeser; and juniors – Lexi Lautenschlaeger, Carly Lilek, Jewell, Sam Meyer and Leider.


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