Plymouth fell 44-20 to Waterford Kettering in Thursday night’s KLAA crossover held at Kettering. Despite the defeat, there were positives to be taken away from the loss against a top 10 team in the state of Michigan.
Younger players such as Gabby Chouinard, Chantal LeDoux, Addisyn Lewis, and Becca Przybylo gained tons of experience for the Wildcats (1-2) who were without Cassidy Lewis and Mikayla Rose.
Senior Bailey Brown and Sophomore Chantal LeDoux led Plymouth in scoring with six and four points, respectively.
Head coach Ryan Ballard applauded his team’s efforts against the defending Lakes Conference, district, and regional champions, Kettering.
“This game was a great measuring stick for our program. Our kids played hard all game and didn’t give up. That’s why I love our kids,” Ballard said.
Although the scoreboard didn’t show it, playing against a top 10 team will pay dividends later in the season. Kettering’s style of play was similar to teams Plymouth will face in the playoffs and getting experience in December helps in the long run.
“We really struggled with their defensive pressure in the half court. I was really impressed with their (Kettering) transition offense. They ran and shared the ball really well. There is no doubt that they’re a top 10 team in the state,” Ballard added.
Senior forward Elise Wehmer, who led Plymouth’s rebounding efforts with nine, embraced the good, old fashioned competition.
“It was a fun game to play in and watch. Even though we may not have been winning, everyone on our team was being positive and encouraging their teammates,” Wehmer said. “Everyone contributed in some way which was key and it was a good experience for some of the younger players on our team.”
In the meantime, Wehmer and the rest of her teammates are eager to learn and move on to the next game.
“We will take this loss in stride and will learn from it and work on getting one percent better every day to prepare for our next game against Novi on December 15.
Plymouth will close the opening four road game chapter of their season when they travel to face Novi on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.