Lady Pilgrims win at sectional foe New Prairie

NEW CARLISLE — Winning on the road is always good. When it’s a sectional opponent at the site of the sectional, it’s even better. 
In a possible Class 3A Sectional 19 preview, the Plymouth Lady Pilgrims pulled away in the second half to get the victory at New Prairie, 48-38.
Plymouth found offensive production that it hadn’t seen in the season so far as it snapped a three-game skid. The Lady Pilgrims had three players in double digits, led by juniors Amber Redinger and Lauren Tanner with 14 points each, followed closely by freshman Haley Harrell with 10.
The game opened with the two teams trading points through the first quarter.  Plymouth tied the game at 10 with a 3-pointer by Harrell at the 3:18 mark of the first quarter and took the lead on a Redinger field goal on the next possession.
New Prairie was able to scratch out one more lead change on two free throws at the 5:47 mark of the second quarter to make the score 15-14, but the Lady Pilgrims would hold the Cougars scoreless for the next five minutes to regain the lead and go into halftime up 21-17.
Plymouth was able to increase its lead to double digits with great offensive and defensive play in the third quarter. The Pilgrims forced seven turnovers in the frame and were able to beat the New Prairie defense inside for 15 points. 
Guard play was the story of the quarter for the Pilgrims as Carly Baker, Harrell and Tanner were able to control the ball and found Redinger in the paint on back-to-back possessions midway through the quarter to finish a 7-0 run. After a New Prairie basket, Plymouth was able to make another 6-0 run highlighted by a traditional 3-point play by Brittany Himes to finish the quarter with a 12-point lead.
Plymouth coach Dave Cox was pleased with the intensity that his team showed coming out of halftime.
“I challenged the team a little bit at halftime. I told them that we need to raise the intensity and we have to have more and raise our game in the third quarter,” he said. “I think we accomplished that.”
New Prairie was able to make a run in the fourth quarter behind three long 3-pointers by Sam Emerick but couldn’t close the spread to closer than seven points as the Pilgrims held the Cougars off with free throws, going 8-for-8 from the line in the final five minutes of the game.
Plymouth moves to 3-9 on the year with the win. Next up for the Pilgrims is an Northern Lakes Conference clash with Elkhart Memorial at home Saturday.
“The last two games we are on kind of a high,” Cox said when asked about positives going into the conference game. “We have kids that understand their roles and are trying to be the best that they can be.”
• PLYMOUTH 48, NEW PRAIRIE 38
At New Prairie
Score by quarters
Plymouth:  12  21  36  48
New Prairie:  11  17  24  38
PLYMOUTH (48): Lauren Tanner 3 6-7 14, Marissa German 0 1-2 1, Carly Baker 0 0-0 0, Hailey Harrell 2 4-4 10, Brittany Himes 1 2-3 4, Savannah Mae 0 0-0 0, Amber Redinger 6 2-2 14, Hunter Stevens 1 3-5 5; Totals:  13 18-23 48.
NEW PRAIRIE (38): Lexi Buford 0 1-2 1, Courtney Spencer 3 2-2 10, Sam Emerick 3 2-2 11, Madison Cody 3 4-4 10, Katie Buford 1 0-1 2, Kelsey Prestin 1 2-6 4; Totals: 11 11-17 38.
3-point goals: Plymouth 4 (Tanner 2, Harrell 2) New Prairie 5 (Emerick 3, Spencer 2); Turnovers: Plymouth 13, New Prairie 16; Rebounds: Plymouth 19 (Baker 5), New Prairie 20 (K. Buford 5); Assists: Plymouth 9 (Tanner 3), New Prairie 7 (Spencer 4); Steals: Plymouth 7 (Baker 3), New Prairie 6 (Prestin 3); Fouls (fouled out): Plymouth 17 (Redinger), New Prairie 16 (K. Buford).
Records: Plymouth 3-9, New Prairie (4-8).
JV score: Plymouth 39, New Prairie 16.