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Mitchell's Berkley Rietveld (5) looks to send a pass to a teammate during a game against Yankton Tuesday night in Yankton. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

No. 1 Mitchell girls beat Yankton 61-33 in regular-season finale

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YANKTON -- The Mitchell Kernel girls' basketball team proved why it is back at the top of the polls in its final game of the regular season Tuesday.

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The No. 1 Kernels' defensive effort dominated the floor in a 61-33 Eastern South Dakota Conference win over the Yankton Gazelles.

"That was really our focus coming out," said Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan, whose team forced 15 turnovers and made 10 steals in the win. "Our defense really allowed us to be good offensively and got our transition game going. I thought our transition game could've been a little better, but I thought it was pretty good."

The Kernels (18-2, 13-1 ESD) scored 21 baskets in the paint, highlighted by 10 straight points off Yankton turnovers to open the third quarter.

Mitchell came out strong from the get-go, turning Gazelle mistakes into Kernel points. The Kernels held Yankton to just seven points in the first quarter and scored 14 of their own with junior Macy Miller scoring nine of those points.

To open the second quarter, the Kernels went on a 15-2 run to gain their largest lead of the first half and bring the score to 29-9 with 3:49 left before the break.

Mitchell's overpowering play on both ends of the floor was in full effect the rest of the game. The Kernels held Yankton to just eight and seven points in the final two quarters.

Miller and senior Kerri Young scored 47 of the team's 61 points. Miller led all players with 30 points and had eight rebounds, while Young scored 17 points and brought down a team-best nine rebounds.

"I think we have to come together and get a little more balanced scoring," said Morgan, whose team was 24-of-56 for 43 percent from the field and 12-of-18 for 67 percent from the foul line. "I'd rather have three in the 15s than two way up there."

The Gazelles (4-14, 4-10 ESD) didn't have a player in double-digit scoring figures. Mikala Hora scored a team-high nine points. Yankton outrebounded the Kernels 36-30 and was 15-of-44 from the field for 34 percent and 2-of-6 for 33 percent from the free-throw line.

MITCHELL 61, YANKTON 33

MHS (18-2, 13-1 ESD)

Megan Farnham 3-7 1-2 7; Macy Miller 11-17 8-10 30; Courtney Moore 1-6 2-4 4; Kerri Young 8-16 0-0 17; Kristin Sabers 0-7 0-0 0; Berkley Reitveld 0-1 0-0 0; Torrie Michels 0-0 0-0 0; Emma Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0; Katelyn Held 0-0 0-0 0; Taylor Volesky 1-1 0-0 2; Shelly Iburg 0-1 0-0 0; Totals: 24-56 12-18 61.

YHS (4-14, 4-10 ESD)

Andi Sprakel 1-4 0-0 2; Mikala Hora 4-8 1-2 9; Kelsey Fitzgerald 3-7 1-4 7; Morgan Tessier 2-6 0-0 4; Kelsey Butler 1-4 0-1 2; Brianna Newman 0-3 0-0 0; Larson Whitlee 2-5 0-0 4; Jess Wirth 2-5 0-0 5; Becky Frick 0-2 0-0 0; Allie Murphy 0-0 0-0 0; Totals: 15-44 2-6 31.

M 14 31 51 61

Y 7 18 26 33

3-point goals: M 1-8 (Young), Y 1-6 (Wirth); Rebounds: M 30 (Young 9, Miller 8), Y 36 (Butler 6); Assists: M 2 (Farnham, Sabers), Y 5 (Fitzgerald 2); Steals: M 10 (Farnham 3, Miller 3), Y 4 (Hora 2); Turnovers: M 9, Y 15; Personal Fouls: M 6, Y 11; Technical fouls: None.

JV: Mitchell 53-20. Emma Schmidt scored 14 points and the Kernels finished the season 13-6.

Sophomores: Yankton 36-25. Halle Larson had six points in the win.

Freshmen: Yankton 40-34. Kaley Nolz scored 12 points.

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