PALMYRA — The defense led to the offense. And on offense, Watertown Luther Prep spread it around.

Watertown Luther Prep used strong full-court defensive press and a balanced scoring attack to defeat Palmyra-Eagle, 70-31, in a non-conference girls basketball game Monday night at Palmyra-Eagle High School.

Affected by the Luther Prep press, the Panthers were held to just three made field goals the first half.

“They brought a real intensity to the game, kind of rattled our girls,” Palmyra-Eagle head coach Andrew Tranel said. “Give credit to coach Mark (Schroeder) and having his kids ready.”

“That (press) definitely helped us get a leg up,” Watertown Luther Prep head coach Mark Schroeder said. “I think we flustered them a little bit.”

The Phoenix had four scorers in double digits, including senior Ana Glisper, who had a game-high 20 points.

Watertown Luther Prep (11-4, 4-2) opened up the game on a run, scoring the first 11 points of the contest. Palmyra-Eagle (9-8, 8-1) scored its first points of the game with a layup from sophomore Madyson Nettesheim with 12 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in the first half.

A pair of free throws from Palmyra-Eagle junior Ally Czeshinski made it 17-5 with 10:46 left in the first, but the Phoenix rattled off 17 straight points to take a 34-5 lead with just under five minutes to play.

Palmyra-Eagle went into halftime down, 45-12.

As Luther Prep laid off the pressure more in the second half, the Panthers started to find more of a rhythm on offense.

Palmyra scored 19 points in the second half compared to their 12 in the first half, but we’re still outscored, 25-19, after the break.

Nettesheim ended with a game-high seven points.

Luther Prep’s leading scorer — sophomore Grace Schmidt (21.6 points per game) — finished with 17 points.

Junior Grace Kieselhorst and senior Sadie Schultz both added 10 points.

“It’s nice to have a girl (Schmidt) be that kind of threat where she opens other people up,” Schroeder said. “We had lots of players step up.”

Palmyra-Eagle will host Faith Christian in a non-conference game Monday at 7:15 p.m. Watertown Luther Prep will take on Lodi in a Capitol North game Friday in Lodi at 6 p.m.



Watertown Luther Prep 45 25 — 70

Palmyra-Eagle 12 19 — 31

Watertown Luther Prep (fg ftm-fta pts) — Paulsen 1 0-0 2, Bridgeman 8 4-8 20, Glisper 1 0-0 3, Kieselhorst 4 0-1 10, Brandt 1 0-0 2, Metzger 0 2-2 2, Schmidt 6 5-11 17, Schutz 5 0-2 10, Zemer 2 0-0 4. Totals — 28 11-24 70.

Palmyra-Eagle — Fredrick 2 1-2 6, Czeschinski 2 2-2 6, Koss 1 0-0 2, Steinbach 2 1-2 6, Martens 1 1-3 3, Kysely 0 1-2 1, Nettesheim 2 3-4 7. Totals — 10 9-15 31.

3-point goals — WLP (Glisper, Kieselhorst 2) 3, P-E (Fredrick, Steinbach) 2. Total fouls — WLP 17, P-E 17.

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