Panthers win, stay in ECC title chase

WINNECONNE – Plymouth recovered from a 6-0 deficit at the outset to defeat host Winneconne, 57-52, in an East Central Conference girls basketball match-up Tuesday night.

The Panthers improved to 10-2 in the ECC (16-4 overall). PHS is in second place in the league, one game behind Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) which is 11-1. The teams split their two meetings this season and each have two conference games remaining.

Winneconne dropped to 6-6 in ECC action (12-7 overall).

“It was a really good game. We just made a few more shots than they did and we limited their offensive rebounds. It was a good overall team performance,” said PHS head coach Brad Shutter.

The PHS bench played a key role in the win with 22 points, led by sophomore guard Alesha Kaat-Fohr with a team-high 14 points. Kaat-Fohr scored a teambest eight points in the second half and had six in the first half on two three-point goals.

“Alesha had one of her better games. Carly Lilek and Alesha made some big free throws down the stretch,” said Shutter.

Lilek was 3 of 4 and Kaat- Fohr, 2 of 2, at the foul line in the second half. PHS was 9 of 11 at the charity stripe in the final half.

“We made free throws down the stretch and played really good defense down the stretch,” Shutter said.

Jessica Leider and Lilek contributed 13 and 10 points, respectfully, for PHS. Leider hit a team-high 10 points in the first half.

Shutter thought junior forward Hana Goeser played very well off the bench. Goeser, who subbed for starter Lexi Lautenschlaeger who fouled out with about eight minutes left, contributed six points and five rebounds (a team-high four offensive rebounds).

“Hana did a good job containing Jordyn Ellis and rebounded well,” said the coach.

Ellis led the Wolves in scoring with 17, including four treys, but was held to only two field goals in the second half. She scored a team-high nine points in the opening half on three three-balls.

Leider led PHS in rebounds with seven and Sierra Grimm had six. PHS led 25-12 in rebounding.

Lilek paced the Panthers in steals with three. Lilek, Emma Jewell and Lautenschlaeger had a team-high two assists each.

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