Panthers win, stay tied for ECC lead

RIPON – Jessica Leider and Lexi Lautenschlaeger combined for 30 points to carry the Plymouth girls basketball team past Ripon, 50-39, here Tuesday night.

Leider hit a game-high 18 points, including a team-best 11 in the first half. Lautenschlaeger tallied 12 points. Leider also paced the Panthers in rebounds with 13, followed by Lautenschlaeger with 11.

The Panthers improved to 5-1 in the East Central Conference (11-3 overall) and stayed tied for first with Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson). Ripon fell to 2-4 in the ECC (3-7 overall).

PHS outscored the Tigers 27-19 in the second half to pull away after leading by just 23-20 at halftime. Carly Lilek and Leider keyed the PHS attack in the final half with seven points each.

“In the second half we did a good job of getting the ball inside, attacked the basket and got stops on defense. We got up about 13 midway in the second half,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

Leider and Lautenschlaeger combined for several baskets inside.

“Defensively, we played well real well. Lexi and Jessica did a great job on the boards,” said Shutter.

The Panthers defense forced 22 turnovers while PHS committed only 11.

PHS led 35-27 in rebounding. The Panthers had an impressive 13 offensive boards, led by Leider with six and Lautenschlaeger, four.

Shutter thought guards Emma Jewell and Gabi Mella defended guard Kerstin Sauerbrei well. Sauerbrei, one of the Tigers’ top scorers this season, was held to only three Tuesday night.

Jewell and Leider paced PHS in assists with three apiece. Jewell had a teamhigh three steals.

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