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Mitchell’s Macy Miller splits the defense of Hailey Hale and Lauren Coughlin for a basket in the lane during the second half of the Kernels’ 61-33 Eastern South Dakota Conference win over the Bobcats on Tuesday at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. (Troy Maroney/Brookings Register)
Mitchell’s Macy Miller splits the defense of Hailey Hale and Lauren Coughlin for a basket in the lane during the second half of the Kernels’ 61-33 Eastern South Dakota Conference win over the Bobcats on Tuesday at Bob Jostad Gymnasium in Brookings. (Troy Maroney/Brookings Register)

Fast start boosts Mitchell girls to victory

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By Troy Maroney

The Brookings Register

BROOKINGS — The Kernels still reign supreme in the girls’ Eastern South Dakota Conference.

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Mitchell scored the first 12 points of the game, and although the Bobcats rallied to within three points to open the second quarter, it was all Kernels after that as Class AA’s second-ranked team cruised to a 61-33 ESD win at Bob Jostad Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Torrie Michels opened the game with a 3-pointer, and then Taylor Voleksy hit back-to-back baskets in the paint for Mitchell. Macy Miller then converted an old-fashioned three-point play before Shelly Iburg converted in the lane to make it 12-0 Kernels.

Brookings’ Sara Tvedt’s 15-foot jump shot made it a three-point game with 7:24 to play in the quarter, but the Kernels outscored Brookings 19-2 over the next seven minutes for a 33-13 halftime lead. Eight of Mitchell’s second-quarter points included three fast-break baskets off steals and an offensive-rebound basket by Iburg.

The Kernels’ lead continued to grow in the third quarter as Mitchell scored 12 of its 16 points, with the other four points coming on free throws — including two that completed three-point plays.

Both teams finished with 12 fourth-quarter points as the Kernels improved to 10-1 on the season and 8-0 in the ESD, while the Bobcats dropped to 5-4 overall and 5-3 in conference play.

“You still don’t know when you come into Brookings. Coach (Lynn) Frederick prepares his team well and if you let his kids get going, it could be a long night for you,” Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said. “I think our team is starting to play better together. Our best thing is when we can stop teams and get in transition. Our bread and butter is when we can get transition baskets —that was the difference.”

Miller finished with game-highs of 26 points, five steals and four assists, in addition to eight rebounds. Volesky added 11 points and seven boards as Iburg chipped in with nine points and eight rebounds.

Lauren Coughlin’s 11 points and two assists led the Bobcats. Hailey Hale nabbed eight rebounds as Tvedt contributed seven points and six boards.

“Macy got into our girls’ heads a little bit and we just didn’t respond,” said Brookings head coach Lynn Frederick. “They were quicker to the ball and they were more aggressive in a lot of situations. “It’s a growth game for us. I think we learned a lot tonight playing against a great player (in Miller) and I thought Volesky played well. Macy makes a lot of players better and she was just so active and aggressive, we got caught standing around.”

The Kernels travel to Pierre on Thursday to face the Governors, while Brookings heads to Brandon to take on the Lynx.

Mitchell 61, Brookings 33

Mitchell (10-1, 8-0 ESD)

Torrie Michels 1-5 0-0 3, Taylor Volesky 5-11 1-4 11, Macy Miller 11-16 3-3 26, Emma Schmidt 1-1 0-0 3, Shelly Iburg 3-9 3-4 9, Erin Farnham 0-2 0-0 0, Cassidy Musick 1-3 0-0 3, Julie Knight 1-2 0-0 2, Alex Weber 0-0 0-0 0, Hallie Misiaszek 1-2 0-0 2, Rachel Bucholz 0-0 0-0 0, Kaley Nolz 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-53 7-11 61.

Brookings (5-4, 5-3 ESD)

Kaitlyn Hadley 2-8 0-0 5, Lauren Coughlin 4-8 1-2 11, Sidney Berreth 3-12 0-1 6, Sara Tvedt 3-6 1-2 7, Maddy Reed 0-1 0-0 0, Kara McDougall 0-2 0-0 0, Baylee Tetzlaff 0-2 1-2 1, Mariah Livingston 1-2 0-0 2, Makenna Mahanke 0-3 0-0 0, Colleen Hieb 0-0 0-0 0, Hailey Hale 0-2 1-6 1. Totals 13-46 4-13 33.

Mitchell 14 33 49 61

Brookings 9 13 21 33

3-point goals – M 4-10 (Michels 1-3, Volesky 0-2, Miller 1-2, Schmidt 1-1, Musick 1-2); B 3-16 (Hadley 1-4, Coughlin 2-6, Berreth 0-5, Livingston 0-1). Rebounds – M 35 (Miller 8, Iburg 8); B 31 (Hale 8). Assists – M 10 (Miller 4); B 4 (Coughlin 2). Steals – M 12 (Miller 5); B 6 (Hadley 2). Blocks – M 5 (Volesky 2, Iburg 2); B 5 (Hadley 3). Turnovers – M 15; B 23. Total fouls – M 12; B 14. Fouled out – None.

Subvarsity scores

JV: Brookings 43-34. Kaley Nolz scored 15 points and Julie Knight had 13 for Mitchell.

Sophomores: Brookings 40-29. Mckenzie Kotrba had six points.

Freshmen: Mitchell 34-32. Rachel Wahlen recorded eight points.

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