Booth, Smith propel Panthers to rout


JOE STEINHARDT of Plymouth attempts to score as Sheboygan South’s Austin Boeldt (1) and Josh Govek defend in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel JOE STEINHARDT of Plymouth attempts to score as Sheboygan South’s Austin Boeldt (1) and Josh Govek defend in Friday’s basketball game. – Photo by Jason Hassel PLYMOUTH – Cole Booth and Adam Smith combined for 45 points to spark the Plymouth Panthers to a 78-56 thrashing of Sheboygan South in boys basketball action here Friday night.

Booth poured in 26 points and Smith popped in 19 – both career-high totals. Booth, a sophomore guard, exploded for 19 points in the second half to ignite the PHS attack which outscored the Redwings 40-23 to bust the game open.

Booth shot an impressive 67 percent (8 of 12) from the field. He was 9-for-11 at the foul line, all in the second half.

Smith, a senior guard/forward, spearheaded the Panthers’ offense in the first half with 14 points as PHS took a 38- 33 halftime lead. He buried a game-high three three-pointers, including two in the first half.


ADAM SMITH of Plymouth tries to score under pressure from an unidentified Sheboygan South player in Friday’s basketball game. Smith scored 19 points. – Photo by Jason Hassel ADAM SMITH of Plymouth tries to score under pressure from an unidentified Sheboygan South player in Friday’s basketball game. Smith scored 19 points. – Photo by Jason Hassel The nonconference win raised the Panthers’ record to 2-0. The Redwings fell to 0-3.

“I felt we showed our depth in the first half as we ran into some foul trouble (five players with two fouls each] but were still able to go into halftime with the lead,” said Panther head coach Tim Schultz.

“We went into the game wanting to make South work hard for every bucket and I feel like we accomplished our goal as they had more free throws made than field goals made.”

South made only 17 field goals and shot just 35 percent overall from the field.

“The keys for us in the game were our rebounding, transition offense, defensive pressure and our depth,” said Schultz.

PHS held a whopping 42-22 rebounding advantage.

“Adam Smith had an excellent all-around game. He played great defense and multiple offensive positions while scoring 19 points and grabbing nine rebounds,” said Schultz.

“Cole Booth, who sat out nearly half of the first half due to foul trouble, took over in the second half with aggressive defense and pressure offense.”

Mason Guell also had nine rebounds for PHS which tied him for the team lead with Smith. Cade Knaus pulled down seven boards.

“Aiden Reilly, with the help of Cooper Gosse, were tough all night on the defensive end as they made their leading scorer Josh Govek earn every bucket and eventually wear Govek out in the second half,” said the coach.

Govek, a sophomore point guard, scored 14 of his teamhigh

22 points in the first half.

Booth led the Panthers in assists with five and Smith had four. PHS had an excellent total of 18. Knaus had a teamhigh three steals.

Plymouth’s three boys state basketball teams from 1981, 1990 and 2008 were honored before the game as part of Alumni Night at the PHS gym. There was a large number of players and coaches present from all three teams. The event was organized by the Plymouth Boys Basketball Booster Club.

JV GAMES

The Panthers built a 44-6 halftime lead en route to a 67-25 rout in the junior varsity-1 game. PHS, 1-1, was led on offense by Michael Troka and Joel Williams with 14 points each.

Troka had a team-high eight rebounds for PHS. Jack Luedtke led in assists and steals with six each.

In JV-2 play, PHS lost, 42- 34, to drop to 1-1. AJ Osieczanek paced the Panthers in scoring with 10. PHS coach Brad Smudde was pleased that his team had 11 players who scored.


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