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No. 4 Mitchell girls move to 4-0 with win over RCS

Mitchell's Rachel Bucholz goes up for a shot against Rapid City Stevens Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

The Mitchell girls’ basketball team continued to roll with a 69-47 win over Rapid City Stevens Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

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Macy Miller scored a season-high 31 points, while Taylor Volesky and Shelly Iburg each posted a double-double to help push the No. 4 Kernels to a 4-0 start heading into the holiday break.

“People didn’t think we’d be very good coming into the season, but we proved that we can stick with all the good teams this year,” Miller said of her team’s early season success.

Miller finished 12-of-22 from the field scoring 18 of her 31 points in the second half and making three 3-pointers. The South Dakota State University commit added seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.

The Kernels started strong and kept the Raiders (1-3) on their heels throughout, prompting RCS coach Dr. Donavan DeBoer to say his team needed to improve on “everything” going forward. The Raiders have yet to play at home, making trips east for their first four games.

“We don’t make excuses,” DeBoer said after the loss. RCS played and defeated Huron Friday in Huron before traveling to the Corn Palace for the afternoon start Saturday.

Mitchell won the battle on the boards, outrebounding the Raiders 44 to 35.

Volesky continued her strong work under the basket, scoring 16 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and blocking two shots for the Kernels. Iburg had her most complete game of the season, as the senior center scored 12 and pulled down 10 rebounds.

“For the most part, we came out and played hard this weekend,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said about his team, which has won 34 straight games at home. “We needed these home games to help build confidence. The Corn Palace has been good to us.”

Senior guard Emma Schmidt added six points off two made 3-pointers in the win over RCS. Juniors Julie Knight and Rachel Bucholz each scored for the first time with the varsity team this season, chipping in two points each.

“We got some important minutes from our bench today,” Morgan said.

Virginia Ivfquain, who scored a team-high 15 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field, led the Raiders. She made three 3-pointers and grabbed three rebounds. Jennie Scharn added 10 points for RCS, while Marissa Hirchert scored eight points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

The Kernels shot 42 percent from the field as a team and held the Raiders to 33 percent. Mitchell had 14 turnovers to 17 from RCS.

“If we rebound we make it hard for teams to score in the half court with our shell defense,” Morgan said.

The Kernels have placed an emphasis on outside shooting this season, and made a season-high six 3-pointers on 19 attempts as a team against the Raiders. RCS was 3 of 16 from being the 3-point line.

Mitchell is off for the holiday break and will play Aberdeen Central at 7 p.m. Jan. 3 in Aberdeen. RCS plays its first home game against Aberdeen Central Friday in Rapid City.

Rapid City Stevens …….47

Mitchell  ……………………69 

Mitchell (4-0)

Taylor Volesky 6-15 3-3 16; Shelly Iburg 5-7 2-2 12; Torrie Michels 0-7 0-0 0; Macy Miller 12-22 4-4 31; Emma Schmidt 2-9 0-0 6; Cassidy Musick 0-1 0-0 0; Julie Knight 1-2 0-0 2; Alex Weber 0-0 0-0 0; Hallie Misiaszek 0-0 0-0 0; Rachel Bucholz 1-1 0-0 2; Ally Goldammer 0-0 0-0 0; Kaley Nolz 0-0 0-0 0; totals 27-64 9-9 69.

Rapid City Stevens (1-3)

Taylor Molstad 0-8 0-0 0; Madi Hay 1-2 0-0 2; Virginia Vifquain 5-15 2-2 15; Jennie Scharn 4-11 2-2 10; Marissa Hirchert 4-7 1-2 8; Kaitlyn King 1-5 2-2 4; McKenzie Maiden 0-0 0-0 0; Lexi Marisco 2-5 0-0 4; Hannah VanderWerff 2-4 0-2 4; Christina Delzer 0-1 0-2 0; Totals 19-58 6-11 47.

RCS 12 19 35 47

M     21 34 55 69

3-point field goals: M 6-19 (Miller 3, Schmidt 2), RCS 3-16 (Vifquain 3). Rebounds: M 45 (Volesky 10, Iburg 10), RCS 34 (Hirchert 7). Assists: M 11 (Miller 4), RCS 8 (Vifquain 2). Steals: M 7 (Miller 4), RCS 7 (Marisco 2). Turnovers: M 14 (Schmidt 3, Musick 3), RCS 17 (Vifquain 4). Personal fouls: M 15, RCS 10.  Fouled out: none.