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Mitchell's Matt Henriksen looks to get past Pierre's Lane Severyn (25) during an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys' high school basketball game Tuesday night in Pierre.
Claire Meador/Republic Mitchell's Matt Henriksen looks to get past Pierre's Lane Severyn (25) during an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys' high school basketball game Tuesday night in Pierre.

Pierre boys beat Kernels again

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PIERRE -- Missed layups and a slow second quarter ultimately led to the Mitchell boys' basketball team's 54-51 loss to Pierre Tuesday night in an Eastern South Dakota Conference game.

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It was the second loss for Mitchell this year, and the second time Pierre has beaten the Kernels.

"We have nobody to blame but ourselves," Mitchell coach Gary Munsen said.

Mitchell shot 38 percent from the field and was led in scoring by Brady Maxwell and Jade Miller, who each scored 13 points. Despite the Kernels' stellar shooting from the free-throw line, 90 percent for the game, it wasn't enough to overcome the Governors.

"When you shoot 38 percent from the field, you're probably not going to win," Munsen said.

The Kernels dropped to 12-2 overall and 5-2 in the Eastern South Dakota Conference.

Pierre held Mitchell to nine points in the second quarter, and the Kernels couldn't seem to connect with the basket. The Governors scored 17 points in the second and shot 57 percent from the field during the first half, compared to Mitchell's 44 percent.

Both Matt Henriksen and Jade Miller missed multiple layups and break-away opportunities that could have given Kernels the edge in the end.

On top of the missed baskets, the Kernels turned the ball over five times in a row around the halfway point of the second quarter. Pierre capitalized on the Kernels' missed shots and outrebounded Mitchell 28-25.

Henriksen, who missed a key layup off a breakaway with 3 minutes left to go in the fourth quarter, said the stretch in the second quarter hurt the Kernels.

"Our intensity was there the whole game, but we just didn't play too well during the second quarter," Henriksen said. "We just have to capitalize on easy buckets like that."

Munsen wasn't pleased with all the missed baskets, either.

"We missed too many bunnies," he said. "We had that lull in the second quarter, which really hurt us, and down the stretch we just didn't execute like we should have. We can't miss shots like those in a ballgame like (Tuesday's)."

Mitchell led 30-28 going into halftime, but after that it was back and forth for the rest of the game.

During the third quarter, Mitchell scored 11 points to Pierre's 10 points. During the last quarter of the game, the Kernels had 12 points compared to the Governors' 14.

The Governors seemed to have an answer for every basket the Kernels missed in the second half. Mitchell also got into foul trouble during the second half, giving Pierre the opportunity to make extra points from the foul line.

Munsen said he felt the Kernels played fairly well despite their shooting percentage, and that the Kernels did a good job of shutting down some of Pierre's key players like Lane Severyn and Joe Tetzlaff, who were two high scorers during their last matchup on Dec. 13 at the Corn Palace. However, Pierre's Zach Hanson had a game-high 25 points.

Tate Martin and Henriksen had 10 points each. Mitchell went 19-of-49 from the field and went 9-of-10 from the free-throw line.

Along with Hanson's 25 points, Matt Monfore and Lane Severyn each scored eight points for the Governors. Pierre shot 19-of-48 from the field and went 14-0f-19 from the free-throw line.

"We just need to go to practice and work harder," Henriksen said.

Mitchell is back in action on Friday when it hosts Sturgis at the Corn Palace. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.

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