Panthers’ Streblow ECC Player of the Year

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

GWEN STREBLOW GWEN STREBLOW Senior guard Gwen Streblow of Plymouth was voted the East Central Conference Player of the Year for the 2016-17 girls basketball season by the ECC coaches.

Streblow was named to the All-ECC first team for the second straight year. She was an All-Eastern Wisconsin Conference first-team pick as a sophomore. The ECC completed its second season this year.

The Panthers, who won the ECC title with a 14-0 record, have three other All-ECC picks. Senior guards Lydia Rhude and Emily Majerus were voted to the second team and senior guard Kalei Hering earned honorable mention. Majerus was honorable mention and Hering was on the second team last year.

Streblow ranked third in the ECC in scoring for the league season with a 15.1 points-pergame average. She was first in free-throw shooting with an outstanding 88.6 percent (39 of 44) and tied for fifth in assists with a 2.4 average

KALEI HERING KALEI HERING She was seventh in threepoint goals with 22 and tied for eighth in steals at 2.4 per contest. Streblow had a 2.9 rebounding average.

“In my opinion Gwen was most definitely the best choice for player of the year. She was one of the top scorers in the conference and was right up at the top as far as assists as well. That is pretty impressive,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“She was the most versatile player in the conference. Offensively, she could hit the three, post up, beat you off the dribble to the rim or pull up and hit a mid-range jump shot. Not many girls in the conference could do that.

“Defensively, she could guard anyone from your point guard to your post player,” said Shutter.

Rhude finished fifth in the league in scoring with a 13.3 average per game. She tied for third in three-point goals with 25, was third in three-point shooting with an excellent 44.6 percent (25 of 56) and fifth in free-throw accuracy at 79.3 percent (23 of 29).

LYDIA RHUDE LYDIA RHUDE She tied for fifth in assists with a 2.4 average and averaged 1.9 steals and 3.9 rebounds per game.

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

Majerus played in only four conference games due to a torn ACL but made an impact. She averaged 9.5 points, 1.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.2 rebounds per game, and did an excellent job running the PHS offense at point guard. Majerus was an impressive 6-for-12 from three-point range and ranked second in freethrow shooting with an excellent 83.3 percent (10 of 12).

“Emily Majerus 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.

EMILY MAJERUS EMILY MAJERUS Hering tied for first in the ECC in steals with a 2.9 average per contest. She averaged 9.9 points per game and was seventh in assists with a 2.3 average. Hering averaged 2.6 boards per game and hit nine treys.

“Kalei Hering was a true leader of this team. She had some huge games when other teams thought they could take away Gwen and Lydia,” said Shutter.

Waupun seniors Maiah Domask and Danielle Hopp are the other first-team repeaters. Domask and Warrior teammate Sydney Flier, a junior, are the unanimous first-team players.

Domask was the top scorer in the ECC with a 17.0 average. Flier led in rebounding at 10.2 per game.

Senior Mikayla Dogs of Kewaskum led in assists with a 4.2 average. Sharing the lead in steals with Hering were Domask, junior Mackenzie Kurczek of Berlin and senior Becca O’Brien of Campbellsport at 2.9 per contest.

Senior Sydney Stern of Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) made a league-high 29 threepointers.

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