PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth girls’ basketball team wanted to get out to a fast start against the visiting Wawasee Warriors Saturday night.
They didn’t seem to have any trouble accomplishing that mission.
The Lady Pilgrims scored 23 points in the first quarter and used great team defense to gain a 15-point advantage at the quarter break. That lead would carry over for the rest of the game as they took the 62-45 Northern Lakes Conference win at home at The Rock.
Plymouth’s seniors put the team on their backs in that first frame.
Amber Redinger battled under the basket for points early. She converted on a pair of free throws to open the scoring and finished the end of a traditional 3-point play with another free throw en route to 10 points in the quarter.
Lauren Tanner tried her best to match the production of Redinger. She hit back-to-back 3-pointers to end the quarter and had another at the start of the second quarter to finish with nine points of her own.
Andrea Shook took her turn late in the period as well. She got in position for an offensive rebound and sank both free throws after being fouled on the putback.
When the quarter was over, the trio of seniors accounted for 21 of the 23 Lady Pilgrim points.
Not to be outdone by the offensive production of the seniors was the overall team defense by Plymouth in the game.
Wawasee’s KiLee Knafel, one of the area’s leading scorers at almost 25 points per game, was held to only three points in the first half. Tanner and Allie Wright drew the defensive assignment most of the time but were aided by help from teammates to keep the Warrior senior in check most of the night.
It wasn’t until late in the game that Knafel was able to get her points. She had a run of nine points over the last two minutes of the game to finish with a game-high 19.
Plymouth placed four girls in double digit scoring and controlled the boards all night long. The Lady Pilgrims outrebounded the visitors 28-11 on the night.
The win helps Plymouth keep pace in the conference standings at 4-1 and improves the team to 13-4 overall.
The team is currently in second place behind the undefeated Warsaw Tigers.
The Lady Pilgrims return to action with a non-conference game on Tuesday at South Bend Clay and will return home on Thursday for the last home game of the regular season.
• PLYMOUTH 62, WAWASEE 45
Score by quarters
Wawasee: 8 18 31 45
Plymouth: 23 36 51 62
WAWASEE (45): Elizabeth Jackson 2 0-0 4, Alexis Blunk 1 0-0 2, Cassie Martinez 2 0-0 5, KiLee Knafel 6 4-4 19, Kylee Rostochak 1 2-2 4, Ashlynn Fisher 2 1-4 5, Erin Wiktorowski 2 0-0 6; Totals: 16 7-10 45
PLYMOUTH (62): Lauren Tanner 4 0-0 11, Andria Shook 0 2-2 2, Hunter Stevens 7 3-4 17, Kaydon Fosler 1 0-0 2, Haley Harrell 5 0-0 12, Allie Wright0 0-0 0, Amber Redinger 6 6-7 18; Totals: 23 11-13 62
3-pointers: Plymouth 5 (Tanner 3, Harrell 2), Wawasee 6 (Knafel 3, Wiktorowski 2, Martinez); Turnovers: Plymouth 9 (three with 2), Wawasee 19 (five players with 3); Rebounds: Plymouth 28 (Redinger 9), Wawasee 11 (Wiktorowski 3); Assists: Plymouth 7 (Stevens 2, Fosler 2), Wawasee 2 (Rostochak, Wiktorowski); Steals: Plymouth 12 (Tanner 4, Wright 4), Wawasee 3 (Knafel 2); Fouls (fouled out): Plymouth 14 (None), Wawasee 12 (None).
Records: Plymouth 13-4 (4-1 NLC), Wawasee 7-9 (0-5 NLC)