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Mitchell boys fall to Yankton

Mitchell's Cole Morgan, left, looks to get past a Yankton defender during an Eastern South Dakota Conference boys' basketball game Tuesday night in Yankton. Mitchell lost 50-42 in its final regular-season game. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

YANKTON -- A conditioning-heavy Monday practice may have played a part in the Mitchell vs. Yankton boys' basketball game Tuesday.

The game was originally scheduled for Thursday, but due to an impending snow storm in the forecast for later in the week, the game was moved to Tuesday.

"Part of it may have been my fault a little bit because I conditioned them really hard (Monday), thinking we were going to play Thursday," said Mitchell coach Tom Young, whose team lost to the Bucks 50-42 in its final game of the regular season. "And I think the kids were maybe a little tired from that."

Mitchell (5-15, 3-11 ESD) showed little signs of fatigue until the fourth quarter, where the Kernels showed both offensive and defensive struggles.

"The game was in balance and we didn't execute a few times and they came down and scored, which set the tone," Young said. "I think that was the difference in the game. In my mind it was a one- or two-possession game, and we just didn't get the job done."

The Kernels, who shot 41 percent from the field, played strong out of the gates and built a 13-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Mitchell earned its largest lead of the contest at seven in the second quarter after a 3-pointer by senior Cole Morgan, who scored a game-high 16 points. The Bucks' Michael Rucker answered with a three of his own and eventually Yankton, which won the battle on the boards 33-24, came back to within two at the half.

The third quarter was back and forth and three-point baskets by Morgan and senior Seth Cavanaugh put Mitchell back in front after Yankton seemed to have the momentum. J.J. Hejna scored with three seconds left in the quarter to give the Bucks their first end-of-the-quarter lead at 37-35.

Yankton, which shot 40 percent from the floor, held the Kernels to seven points in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory.

The Bucks (4-14, 3-11 ESD) snapped a seven-game losing streak and were led by Hejna with 12 points and eight rebounds. He was the only Yankton player in double figures.

Mitchell sophomore Beau Brown added 10 points and eight assists for the Kernels, who committed seven turnovers in the game. Senior Jared Schmidt had a team-best five rebounds for Mitchell.

"As far as I'm concerned, we're 0-0 and looking forward to the postseason," Young said after the loss.

The Kernels are the third seed in District 3AA and travel to play No. 2-seeded Huron Tuesday in the first round at Huron Arena.


MHS (5-15, 3-11 ESD)

Cole Morgan 6-10 1-1 16; Zach Moen 0-0 0-0 0; Seth Cavanaugh 2-10 0-0 6; Beau Brown 5-11 0-0 10; Josh Schmidt 1-1 1-2 3; Jared Schmidt 3-7 0-0 7; Ethan Jones 0-3 0-0 0; Evan Mastel 0-0 0-0 0; Totals: 17-42 2-3 42.

YHS (4-14, 3-11 ESD)

Michael Rucker 3-12 1-2 9; Andrew Ammd 1-1 0-0 2; Sam Wendte 1-2 0-0 2; J.J. Hejna 4-7 4-5 12; Kellen Soulek 2-5 1-2 5; Ryan Olson 3-8 2-2 9; Landon Breen 2-3 0-1 4; Reid Sawatzlee 1-2 0-0 3; Brady Hale 2-7 0-0 4; Totals: 19-47 8-12 50.

Y 9 23 37 50

M 13 25 35 42

3-point goals: M 6-14 (Morgan 3, Cavanaugh 2, Jared Schmidt 1), Y 4-12 (Rucker 2, Olson 1, Sawatzlee 1); Rebounds: M 24 (Jared Schmidt 5), Y 33 (Hejna 8, Soulek 7); Assists: M 11 (Brown 8), Y 6 (Olson 3); Steals: M 8, Y 7; Turnovers: M 7, Y 9; Personal fouls: M 12, Y 9; Technical fouls: None.

JV: Yankton 43-36. Derek Miller scored 13 points and Ethan Jones had 10 for Mitchell.

Sophomores: Yankton 57-42. Ben Miller had 11 points and Tyler Houwman had 10.

Freshmen: Yankton 61-47.

Brooke Cersosimo
Brooke Cersosimo is The Daily Republic's sports editor.