NAPPANEE — After a tough Northern Lakes Conference loss at Warsaw a week prior, Plymouth was due for a bit of luck at NorthWood.
After trailing for nearly 27 minutes at the Panther Pit, the ball bounced the Lady Pilgrims’ way as they rattled off an 11-0 run and parlayed a pair of costly NorthWood turnovers into a 30-25 conference win Saturday.
“I think we dug a little deeper and we didn’t want to give away the second NLC win on the road, and we got this one,” said Plymouth girls basketball coach Dave Cox.
“It’s a senior-dominated team, and they held their cool a little bit better than us at the end,” said NorthWood head coach Steve Neff. “We played hard except for those last two minutes. We just couldn’t put two good things in a row together.”
The Panthers had mostly shored up their ball-handling problems after coughing up 15 turnovers in the first half, giving up just three total after the break.
Problem was, two of those came at critical moments.
Plymouth took its first and final lead of the second half at the 1:48 mark of the fourth as Chelsea Thoden hit Marissa Green for an inside-out 3-pointer to give the Pilgrims a slight 26-25 edge. After the Panthers went scoreless on their next possession, Savannah Bley was able to grab a steal with 48 seconds left, but the play was nullified on a travel call as she rolled over to show the officials the time-out sign.