Miller, Volesky lead Kernel girls to 5-0
By JACQUE SCOBY
ABERDEEN — Aberdeen Central couldn’t shake its first quarter struggles — or Macy Miller — on Friday.
Miller tallied 29 points, 11 rebounds and six steals to lead Mitchell to a 49-41 Eastern South Dakota girls’ basketball victory Friday evening at Golden Eagles Arena.
“She’s the best player in the state,” said Aberdeen Central head coach Dawn Seiler. “They’re going to ride her just like anybody would because she’s a phenomenal player and she’s proven every year that she’s someone who’s willing to take the load. She’s just a great player.”
Aberdeen Central found itself facing a first-quarter deficit and couldn’t find its way out of it despite outscoring Mitchell in the second and fourth quarters.
Mitchell’s Taylor Volesky chipped in 17 points and was the only other Kernel to tally a field goal on the night. Volesky picked up her fourth foul at the end of the third quarter, but managed to avoid fouling out of the contest.
“Anytime you can go into Aberdeen and get a win, it’s good,” said Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan, whose team faces Yankton at 7 tonight on the road. “We’re going to have to have some help from the supporting cast and they need to find ways to contribute on the offensive end. There weren’t many shots for us on the perimeter tonight, so we’ve got to be an opportunist.”
However, despite the defensive clamps on the remainder of the Kernel offense, Central struggled to find a rhythm on its own offensive end. The Golden Eagles committed 21 turnovers and shot just 34.2 percent (13 for 38) from the floor.
The Golden Eagles were led by 10 points from Jamie Larson off the bench. Leah Beringer and Ally Steckler had eight apiece in a balanced, but late-coming offensive effort. Central did finish 14-for-16 from the line and Larson scored six of her 10 total points from the line.
Mitchell (5-0), meanwhile, also struggled to score from the floor. Outside of Miller and Volesky, the Kernels went 0-for-13 on field goal attempts, but were able to take advantage of 16 offensive rebounds against the zone defense by Aberdeen Central.
“We’re always going to be outsized,” said Seiler. “We’re not going to be bigger than anybody. That’s one of the things we point out to our kids all the time, we’ve got to box out.”
The Kernels, who battled foul troubles of their own, were just as opportunistic in getting to the line. Mitchell scored 19 points from the stripe and forced the Golden Eagles to play without junior Maddie Goetz for more than half of the game’s 36 minutes.
With the loss, Aberdeen Central slips to 0-5 on the season and 0-2 to start the first rotation through ESD play.
Aberdeen Central 41
MITCHELL (5-0)Taylor Volesky 5 7-11 17, Macy Miller 10 9-10 29, Emma Schmidt 0 1-2 1, Cassidy Musick 0 2-2 2. Totals 15 19-25 49.
ABERDEEN CENTRAL (0-5)Maddie Goetz 1 2-2 5, Brianna Kusler 1 0-0 2, Mia Bergan 3 0-0 6, Ally Steckler 3 2-2 8, Leah Beringer 2 4-4 8, Jamie Larson 2 6-8 10, Renee Bragg 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 14-16 41.
Mitchell 16 25 34 49
Aberdeen Central 8 19 23 41
3-point field goals — Mitchell 0-7; Central 1-6 (Goetz). Total fouls — Mitchell 19; Central 20. Fouled out — Goetz. Rebounds — Mitchell 33 (Miller 11); Central 27 (Bergan 5). Turnovers — Mitchell 17; Central 21. Steals — Mitchell 11 (Miller 6); Central 4.
JV: Mitchell won 33-27. Leadin scorer: Ally Goldammer.
Freshmen: Mitchell won 38-25. Leading scorer: Haley Purdick.