Panthers win OT battle, stay tied for first

WAUPUN – The Plymouth Panthers rallied to force overtime and then dominated the extra session en route to a key 52-43 win over host Waupun in girls basketball action here Thursday night.

PHS, which trailed by five with about a minute left, tied the score at 42-42 when senior forward Lexi Lautenschlaeger hit a three-pointer with only four seconds left which forced overtime. The trey was Lautenschlaeger’s first of the season.

The Panthers outscored the Warriors 10-1 in overtime, sparked by senior point guard Emma Jewell who exploded for nine points. Jewell buried a three-pointer and was 6-for-6 at the foul line.

Senior standout post player Sydney Flier fouled out early in the overtime period which hurt the Warriors’ hopes for a win. Flier led Waupun in scoring with 14.

“It was a great battle. This was a big road win for us,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“These girls never give up. They just scrap and claw. I’m very proud of them.”

The victory keeps PHS in a tie for the East Central Conference lead with Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) at 7-1. The Panthers, who improved to 13-3 overall and won their fifth straight, will host KML Friday night.

Waupun slipped to 5-3 in the ECC (9-7 overall). The Warriors share third in the league with Winneconne.

“Emma stepped up big in the overtime. She played really well,” said Shutter.

The coach said senior post Jessica Leider and Lautenschlaeger also stood out. Leider led PHS in scoring with 17, including a team-high 11 in the first half. Jewell tallied 16 points – 12 coming in the second half and overtime combined.

Lautenschlaeger ripped down a team-high 10 rebounds and led in assists with three. PHS had an excellent 13 steals, led by Jewell with three.

Waupun committed 20 turnovers, compared to Plymouth’s 11. PHS was a strong 14-for- 18 at the free-throw line while Waupun was only 11-for-20.

JV-1 GAME

The Panthers’ junior varsity 1 squad improved to 6-2 in the ECC (12-4 overall) with a 43-41 win. Courtney Casper led PHS scorers with 14, followed by Addie Plate with eight and Dallas Kreisa, seven.

Plate paced PHS in boards with 13 and Alexis Holloway grabbed six.

“A really nice win against a very strong Waupun team who came into the came with only two losses [in the ECC],” said PHS coach Scott Milslagle.

“Our post defenders really played well against their very tall, very strong front line with Elise Bleck, Morgan Phipps and Dallas Kreisa playing strong defense and taking their post players out of the game down the stretch.”

PHS was an outstanding 10 of 12 at the foul line which helped key the win.


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