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Mitchell Christian opens with big win

WOLSEY — The Mitchell Christian Golden Eagles opened their season in emphatic fashion, after they cruised to a 73-19 win over Wolsey-Wessington in a high school girls’ basketball game Tuesday.

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Cassidy Graham and Alexa Van Laecken led the way for the Golden Eagles. Graham scored 24 points and recorded five steals, while Van Laecken had eight points, seven rebounds and 11 assists.

“The girls played a great game,” Mitchell Christian girls’ basketball coach Jackie Van Laecken said. “I am very impressed with their passing game. They really shared the ball well and played some great defense. Overall, I was really proud of our team’s effort for the first game out. ”

Emily Reynen added 12 points for MCS, which outrebounded Wolsey-Wessington 29-23. Ashley Schmit chipped in with 10 points.

The Golden Eagles (1-0) pressure defense forced Wolsey-Wessington to commit 25 turnovers. The MCS defense also held the Warbirds (0-1) to seven points in the first half.

“We played our press and got after that ball and created some turnovers,” Van Laecken said. “The girls played really solid defense and did not allow many shots to go up. It was an all-around good defense.”

Wolsey-Wessington, which won the JV game, was led by Meagan Eggleston and Abbey Tschetter. Eggleston scored six points and Tschetter tallied five points.

Wolsey-Wessington won the JV game 22-11.

Mitchell Christian hosts Iroquois at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Mitchell Christian School. Wolsey-Wessington plays Corsica/Stickney Thursday in Stickney.