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Mitchell’s Emma Schmidt passes the ball around the perimeter against Aberdeen Central in an Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ basketball game Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

MHS girls nab their 40th-straight home win

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By OWEN REITZEL

The Mitchell Kernel girls used a 20-0 run to pull away from Aberdeen Central for a 64-33 win to stay undefeated in the Eastern South Dakota Conference.

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The win runs Mitchell’s home-winning streak to 40 games.

“It’s just a number,” said Mitchell Wes Morgan of the streak. “But I do wish we were playing the state tournament here.”

The Kernels started slow and led 10-9 after the opening quarter. Macy Miller hit two 3-point shots as Mitchell broke to a 22-11 advantage and led 27-15 at halftime.

The Golden Eagles pulled to within eight at 34-26 on a basket from Leah Beringer with 4:01 left in the third quarter.

At that point the Kernels began their 20-0 run that extended to just over four minutes in the fourth quarter giving Mitchell an insurmountable 54-26 lead.

“It seemed like we hadn’t played for a while and we were getting our feet under us in the first half,” said senior Emma Schmidt. “In the second half we came out with a bang.”

Miller led Mitchell with 25 points and four steals, while by Taylor Volesky added 19 points and four assists. Schmidt scored six points, including a three pointer and Shelly Iburg chipped in with four points and five rebounds.

Julie Knight had four points off the bench for Mitchell.

The Kernels (14-1, 12-0 ESD) were 19-of-48 for 40 percent from the floor and 21-of-26 for 81 percent from the free-throw line.

Mitchell outrebounded Aberdeen Central 28-26 and committed seven turnovers.

“We got off to a slow start and didn’t get into defensively,” said Morgan. “The intensity was picked up at halftime. We talked about what we had to do to defend and make it hard on them to get a good look,”

The Golden Eagles (5-10, 5-6 ESD) were led by Beringer with 11 points, while Brianna Kusler finished with six points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Jamie Larson added seven points in the loss.

“I thought Macy (Miller) took over the game,” said Aberdeen Central coach Dawn Seiler. “We didn’t have an answer for that and not many teams do. When she takes over a game like that you just have to do what you can to stop her.”

Mitchell will step out of the ESD and to play Spearfish at 4 p.m. Saturday in Spearfish. Aberdeen Central plays Pierre Friday in Aberdeen.

Aberdeen Central 33

Mitchell 64

MIT (14-1, 12-0 ESD)

Volesky Taylor 7-15 4-4 19; Shelly Iburg 2-4 0-2 4; Torrie Michels 1-3 0-0 2; Macy Miller 6-18 10-10 25; Emma Schmidt 1-3 3-5 6; Erin Farnham 0-0 0-0 0; Cassidy Musick 0-1 2-3 2; Julie Knight 2-2 0-0 4; Hallie Misiaszek 0-1 2-2 2; Rachel Bucholz 0-0 0-0 0; Ally Goldammer 0-0 0-0 0; Kaley Nolz 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 19-48 21-26 64.

AC (5-10, 5-6 ESD)

Jamie Larson 1-6 4-4 7; Ally Steckler 0-4 0-0 0; Leah Beringer 5-11 0-2 11; Brianna Kusler 2-7 2-2 6; Mia Bergen 2-3 1-2 5; Madisyn Waage 1-2 0-0 2; Sydney Johnson 0-0 0-0 0; Kaylee Kappes 0-0 0-0 0; Samantha Shields 0-0 0-0 0; Madison Cardie 0-0 0-0 0; Renee Brag 1-1 0-0 2; Megan Kinsritter 0-0 0-0 0; Totals 12-34 7-10 33.

AC 9 15 26 33

MIT 10 27 45 64

3-point field goals: MIT 5-10 (Miller 3), AC 2-8. Rebounds: MIT 28 (Voleskey 5, Iburg 5), AC 26 (Kusler 11, Beringer 6). Assists: MIT 10 (Volesky 4), AC 2 (Kusler 2). Steals: MIT 11 (Miller 4), AC 3 (Kusler 2). Turnovers: MIT 7 (Iburg 3), AC 23 (Kusler 6). Personal fouls: MIT 13, AC 16. Fouled out: none. Technical fouls: none.

Subvarsity scores

JV: Mitchell won 42-22. Hallie Misiaszek scored 13 points, while Julie Knight added 12 points for Mitchell.

Sophomores: Mitchell won 28-23. Haley Burdick scored 14 points, while McKenzie Kotrba added 10 points.

Freshmen: Mount Vernon/Plankinton won 34-30. Haley Burdick scored 12 to lead Mitchell.

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