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Young leads Kernels past Scoopers

Mitchell's Berkeley Rietveld puts up a shot during a nonconference girls' high school basketball game against Sturgis Friday night at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Luke Hagen/Republic)

The Corn Palace crowd was anticipating a record falling Friday night.

Mitchell's Kerri Young had 20 points by halftime, but finished 11 points shy of breaking the school's career-scoring record in girls' basketball in a 72-33 win over Sturgis at the Corn Palace.

The nonconference game was essentially over at halftime with the Kernels leading by 19. By that time, the main interest in the game was whether or not Young would break the record, held by Jeana (Hoffman) Krome.

But Young had only one basket in the second half to finish with a game-high 22 points, and the Kernel starters were pulled with 7:22 left in the fourth quarter.

"It's going to happen when it happens," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said after the game. "Could she have gotten it tonight? Maybe.

"But it needs to happen naturally. There's no sense in running plays and forcing it. That way it's not pure. This way it will be."

Young has 1,555 career points at Mitchell, behind only Krome, who played as Kernel from 1998 to 2004. In the second half, there were some open looks she passed on, instead sending the ball to teammates for shots.

Despite being so close to the record, Young's unselfishness wasn't a surprise to Mitchell senior Kristin Sabers. The two have been playing varsity together since they were eighth-graders.

Young had six rebounds and four assists in the Kernels' 11th win of the season.

"She's the let-other-people-score type of person," said Sabers, who finished with 10 points. "That's the way she is."

Mitchell's Macy Miller had 19 points, 10 of which came in the third quarter. The Kernels knocked down 28 of their 56 field goals for 50 percent, but the more impressive statistic was holding Sturgis to 25 percent from the field.

The Kernels' man defense struggled early, allowing the Scoopers 14 first-quarter points. But Morgan said he switched the team to a 2-3 zone defense that held Sturgis to only 19 points the rest of the game. Sturgis did not have a player in double-scoring figures. Erin Short finished with a team-high nine points, all coming on three-point shots.

The Scoopers finished 5-of-28 from behind the arc and dropped to 4-11 on the season. Mitchell hosts Spearfish, a Class A school which defeated Huron 57-43 Friday and has an 11-2 record, at 1:45 p.m. today.

Morgan predicted the record would be set by Young this afternoon.


MHS (11-2, 8-1 ESD)

Megan Farnham 3-7 1-2 8, Macy Miller 8-14 1-3 19, Courtney Moore 1-3 1-1 3, Kerri Young 9-17 3-3 22, Kristin Sabers 5-6 0-0 10, Berkley Rietveld 0-1 0-0 0, Torrie Michels 2-2 0-0 5, Emma Schmidt 0-1 0-0 0, Katelyn Held 0-1 0-0 0, Taylor Volesky 0-2 4-4 4, Shelly Iburg 0-2 1-2 1, Ashley Larson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 28-56 11-15 72.

SHS (4-11)

Brooke Ireland 0-3 0-0 0, Erin Short 3-10 0-0 9, Lynsey Prosser 2-11 0-0 5, Lia Meirose 1-4 0-0 2, Kahlie Peterson 2-6 2-2 6, Ilianna Shuck 3-6 0-2 6, Baillie Mutchler 0-2 0-0 0, Callie Gabriel 0-5 0-0 0, Amanda Heidrich 2-5 0-0 5, Jocelyn Keszler 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 13-52 2-4 33.

MHS 16 38 67 72

SHS 14 19 27 33

3-point goals: MHS 5-10 (Miller 2, Farnham, Young, Michels), SHS 5-28 (Short 3, Prosser, Heidrich). Rebounds: MHS 35 (Sabers 7), SHS 35 (Peterson 8). Assists: MHS 12 (Miller 4, Young 4), SHS 3. Turnovers: MHS 12, SHS 17. Total fouls: MHS 12, SHS 11. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None.

JV: Mitchell 51-22; Shelly Iburg had 14 points, Emma Schmidt had 12 points and Katelyn Held had 10 for Mitchell.

Sophomores: Mitchell 27-12; The Kernels' Hallie Misiaszek had 10 points.

Freshmen: No game.