Lautenschlaeger sparks Panthers to ECC win over Campbellsport

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

LEXI LAUTENSCHLAEGER of Plymouth drives to the hoop past two unidentified Campbellsport players in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. — Photo by Tyler LuedtkeLEXI LAUTENSCHLAEGER of Plymouth drives to the hoop past two unidentified Campbellsport players in Thursday’s ECC basketball game. — Photo by Tyler Luedtke
PLYMOUTH – A strong second half, sparked by senior forward Lexi Lautenschlaeger, fueled the Plymouth girls basketball team’s 49-31 win over visiting Campbellsport Thursday night.

The Panthers improved to 9-2 in the East Central Conference (15-4 overall) and remained one game behind first place Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) which is 10-1. Campbellsport fell to 4-7 in the ECC (4-14 overall).

Lautenschlaeger scored a career-high 18 points, including 12 in the second half, to lead the PHS offense. The Panthers, who led only 20-16 at halftime, outscored the Cougars 29-15 in the final half.

Lautenschlaeger scored most of her points in the second half by attacking the hoop. She tallied 10 points off drives to the basket.

“Lexi really took control in the second half. She was aggressive going to the basket. She sparked us in the second half,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

The Panthers used a 9-0 run to break the game open as they built a 39-24 cushion with 5:54 left. Lautenschlaeger keyed the spurt with five points and Carly Lilek and Hana Goeser added two each.

The Panthers struggled on offense in the first half against the Cougars’ 2-3 zone. PHS was only 9 of 28 from the field in the opening half and failed to score from the perimeter. Panthers missed several shots inside. Fortunately for the Panthers, their man-to-man defense played well and held the Cougars to only 6-for-25 shooting from the floor in the half.

Plymouth’s offense moved the ball better and was able to score well in transition in the second half.

“Offensively, it was kind of slow going for us in the first half but I give Campbellsport’s defense credit. They packed it in and we needed to hit some shots from the outside to loosen up their defense. We had a lot of opportunities [on offense] in the first half,” said Shutter.

“We did a better job of beating them back [for fast breaks] and moving the ball around in the second half. We did a good job of attacking the boards..”

The Panthers dominated on the boards with a 35-16 rebounding edge. PHS ripped down an impressive 13 offensive rebounds and allowed few second-shot chances for Campbellsport.

Jessica Leider paced PHS in rebounds with 11, including a team-high four offensive. Lautenschlaeger and Emma Jewell added five rebounds each.

Lautenschlaeger led the Panthers in steals with an impressive six, followed by Jewell with three. Jewell had a team- high two assists.

“Gabi Mella [junior guard] had one of her better games. She gave us a lot of energy and handled the ball well. She did a good job on defense against No. 21 [Alivia Wisnefske] along with Emma,” said Shutter.

Wisnefske was the Cougars’ top scorer with 12.


Addie Plate’s team-high 16 points, 13 rebounds and five steals led PHS to a 40-21 win in the junior varsity-1 game. Courtney Casper had eight boards for the Panthers.

PHS had a 27-0 run which gave it a 36-11 lead. The Panthers held Campbellsport scoreless the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Ray Hansen scored 22 points to spark the PHS junior varsity 2 team to a 39-23 win. The Panthers evened their overall record at 5-5.

Tara Gilbertson contributed nine points for PHS.

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