Plymouth crashes boards in NLC win over Wawasee

PLYMOUTH — Despite being down 6-foot-1 senior Marisa Green, Plymouth outrebounded Wawasee 35-18 — including an 11-2 advantage off the offensive glass —to beat their Northern Lakes Conference foe 45-36 at The Rock Saturday night.
With Green sidelined with an ACL tear — the second of her four-year career — Amber Redinger and Andria Shook stepped up in the front court while the rest of the team chipped in to help the Lady Pilgrims win the battle of the boards and their second straight NLC game.
“We definitely controlled the boards and we scored well off offensive rebounds,” said Plymouth girls basketball head coach Dave Cox. “Everybody was getting a lot of rebounds. Amber did but so did Meagan (Barron) and Erin (Kinney) and Andria. It was a team effort.”
Redinger had her first double-digit outing in four games with a game-high 18 for Plymouth, while Kinney supplied 15 points and Shook had her seconds traight five-point outing after seeing limited varsity time prior to Plymouth’s game with Concord Friday night.
“Andria Shook is playing really well the last two games. She started the other night and had five points, six rebounds and one turnover and has really had a nice floor game,” Cox said.
“Andria’s just had to play, and she’s one of those kids that is is really taking advantage of her opportunities.”
While winning the battle of the boards was one of the Pilgrims’ focuses Saturday, containing Wawasee’s Kilee Knafel was also high on the priority list, and Plymouth players held the sophomore standout a point under her average as she finished with 17 at The Rock.
“We rebounded a lot but we really had to contain the Knafel girl because we felt like she was the one kid that — she scored 34 points the other night against Whitko — she could score enough against us because even if she had 34 and the rest of the team scored 10 of 12, we’d still be in trouble because we don’t really score 50 points,” said Cox. “So we needed to keep her number down, and defensively we did a really good job against her.”
Plymouth and Wawasee shooters traded 3-pointers at the game as each team drained five from deep. Kinney poured in three on her way to 15, while Barron hit two from beyond the arc for six points.
The Pilgrims improve to 12-4 overall with a 3-2 NLC mark. They play at South Bend Clay Tuesday and have two conference games and just four total games remaining before state tournament play begins.
“We have two tough teams left here. Northridge is very, very good and Northridge beat NorthWood Saturday, and I think Goshen could be pretty decent. You want to come out of the conference as best you can,” Cox said. “At this point in the season you want to get better and go into the tournament on a high note rather than a low note.”
At Plymouth
Score by quarters
Wawasee: 7 15 23 36
Plymouth: 8 19 31 45
WAWASEE (36): Kalyn McDaniel 12, Alexis Blunk 0, Amy Walker 7, Kilee Knafel 17, Kylie Norris 0, Kiley Cooper 0, Kasey Napier 0. TOTALS: 10 11-14 36.
PLYMOUTH (45): Lauren Tanner 1, Andria Shook 5, Brittany Gantz 0, Alex Schaffer 0, Haley Smart 0, Meagan Barron 6, Amber Redinger 18, Erin Kinney 15. TOTALS: 17 6-11 45.
3-point goals: Wawasee 5 (McDaniel 3, Knafel 2), Plymouth 5 (Kinney 3, Barron 2); Total fouls (fouled out): Wawasee 12 (none), Plymouth 12 (none); Records: Wawasee 11-4 (3-2 NLC), Plymouth 12-4 (3-2 NLC).
JV score: Plymouth 33, Wawasee 8