Leider powers Panthers to rout in opener

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff


LEXI LAUTENSCHLAEGER of Plymouth drives past Sheboygan South’s Lindsey Horen for a score in Tuesday night’s season-opening basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley LEXI LAUTENSCHLAEGER of Plymouth drives past Sheboygan South’s Lindsey Horen for a score in Tuesday night’s season-opening basketball game. – Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – Senior Jessica Leider exploded for a career-high 29 points to spark the Plymouth Panthers to a 79-35 pummeling of Sheboygan South in girls basketball action here Tuesday night.

The nonconference contest was the season opener for both teams.

Leider, a 6-foot post player, was unstoppable inside – scoring several baskets on strong moves to the hoop. She also ran the floor well as she contributed transition baskets, including three off her steals.

Leider poured in 17 points in the first half to lead PHS to a whopping 45-17 halftime lead.

The Panthers came out running as they built a 12-2 lead only four minutes into the game and were in command the rest of the way. Leider led the charge with five points and Lexi Lautenschlaeger tallied four. Carly Lilek and Leider had one layup each off their steals during the run.

Plymouth’s defense, which pressured the Redwings most of the game, had an impressive 18 steals and forced 23 turnovers. PHS converted many of the steals into transition buckets.

PHS had nine players in the scoring column. Sophomore guard Alesha Kaat-Fohr tallied 11 points off the bench in her first varsity game and senior point guard Emma Jewell added 10.

Lautenschlaeger had a strong overall game with a team-high six rebounds, four steals and three assists to go with six points. Leider also had four steals. Jewell dished out three assists.

“We definitely played well. The girls did a good job,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

“We were quick when we needed to be quick and were patient when we needed to be patient [on offense]. Jessica was just way too much for them to handle in there [in low post].

“Emma played a good game and did a good job running the floor. Lexi did a good job and Alesha was really good coming off the bench,” said Shutter.

“This was definitely a good start to the season. We’re a passing team and we’re really patient with the ball,” said Leider.

“It was definitely a team effort. I wouldn’t have done it [scoring 29] without my team passing me the ball.”


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