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MHS girls basketball team seeking strong season

Mitchell's Tess Limberg (20) goes up for a shot as Harrisburg's Lexis Kono (12) tries to defend her during a game last year at the Corn Palace. Limberg is on of eight returning letterwinners for the Kernels. (Matt Gade / Republic)

In the words of head coach Wes Morgan, the Mitchell High School girls basketball team has "a little a bit of everything."

Morgan, who enters his ninth season in charge of the Kernels, said he's excited to see what his team can accomplish this season. Mitchell features eight returning letterwinners, including five members from the state qualifying volleyball team.

"It's going to be huge to build off that and add a few kids to that group," Morgan said about carrying momentum from the volleyball team into the basketball season. "It'll be interesting to see the maturity from sophomores now juniors and what success we'll have."

The Kernels return last year's leading scorer in junior Mackenzie Miller, who averaged 8.5 points per game. Joining Miller as a returners are Carly Haring, Chelsea Brewster, Payton Morgan, Shianne Hiemstra, Jordyn Cranny, Mandy Schmidt and Tess Limberg. Hiemstra is the team's lone senior.

"We have three or four big kids. We have some guards that are athletic and fast," Morgan said. "We got speed and quickness so we're not going to slow the ball down. We'll try and get out and run."

Junior Tori Misiaszek joins the team along with Tayler Factor, who recently moved to Mitchell from Montana. Coach Morgan said both Misiaszek and Factor will make an impact for the Kernels. Two freshmen—Avia Haley and Camryn Krogman—are also on the varsity roster.

"This team works hard. They worked hard last year," Morgan said. "Defensively, we'll be consistent like we were last year. Offensively, as the season comes to close, we'll start peaking."

Miller said the Kernels, who open their season at Huron on Saturday, want to start the season strong.

"We don't want to turn the ball over," Miller said. "We just have to make our shots."

After opening against the Tigers in Huron, Mitchell has three home games against Rapid City Central, Rapid City Stevens and Brookings. Across the state, Morgan pointed to Aberdeen Central, Harrisburg and Brandon Valley as some of the top teams.

"If you watched us last year, we got the good shots. We just were missing layups and little jumpshots," Morgan said. "We were missing around 10 or 15 of them a game. Let's say it was 10. That's 20 points. We'll start making those layups."

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