PHS’s Leider, Jewell on All-ECC first team

by Greg Ceilley
of The Review staff

JESSICA LEIDER JESSICA LEIDER Seniors Jessica Leider and Emma Jewell of Plymouth were voted to the All-East Central Conference girls basketball first team by the ECC coaches for the 2017- 18 season.

The Panthers’ other All-ECC player is senior Lexi Lautenschlaeger who earned second-team honors. PHS has a league-high two first-team picks.

Leider, a post player, ranked second in the league in scoring with a 14.4 points-per-game average in ECC play. She was the third-leading rebounder at 8.6 per contest.

Leider shot an excellent 54.3 percent from the field and hit seven three-pointers. She averaged 1.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game.

“Jess had a great season and she was one of the top three players in the conference,” said Panther head coach Brad Shutter.

“When you were game-planning against us, you needed to start with how you are going to stop her. Jess had the best touch around the basket of any big we have had.

LEXI LAUTENSCHLAEGER LEXI LAUTENSCHLAEGER “She also does a great job of getting her job done early. Meaning, she does a good job of getting position before the ball gets to her side of the floor. Her ability to get to the line and make free throws is huge as well,” Shutter pointed out.

Jewell, a point guard, shared the ECC lead in steals with Berlin’s Mackenzie Kurczek at 3.2 per game. Jewell finished third in assists with a 2.9 average and fifth in three-point goals with 16.

Jewell averaged 9.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest.

“Emma is the most explosive point guard we have had. Her ability to beat people off the dribble is her biggest asset,” said Shutter.

“She could shoot it well enough that people needed to respect it which made the attack that much more affective. No one is faster with the ball from baseline to baseline than Emma. She made it very difficult for teams to pressure us because she was so quick and hard to trap.”

EMMA JEWELL EMMA JEWELL Lautenschlaeger ranked fifth in rebounding with a 7.5 average and tied for seventh in steals at 2.5 per game. She averaged 1.7 assists per contest and made two three-pointers.

“Lexi may not have been up at the top of the conference in stats but she was a real leader for our team, especially on the glass. Lexi is extremely tough and smart, and you need girls like that on your team to win,” said Shutter.

“Not too often you see a player take control of a game by controlling the boards by herself but we saw it a few times with Lexi this year.”

Senior forward Sydney Flier of Waupun was voted the ECC Player of the Year. Flier is the only player to be named to the first team each of the past two seasons. She led the ECC in scoring with a 17.7 average and shared the lead in rebounding with Ripon’s Erin McNeill at 10.4 per game.

Kurczek paced the league in assists with a 3.7 average. Maxine Paulowske of Kewaskum was the three-point leader with 36.

Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) won the ECC title with a 13-1 record and PHS took second at 12-2.

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