Offensive woes plague Kernel girls against Raiders
Points came at a premium for the Mitchell High School girls basketball team on Saturday.
Rapid City Stevens kept defensive pressure on the Kernels all game, using a 2-1-2 trapping zone defense to stifle Mitchell's offense. Playing without Chelsea Brewster and Jordyn Cranny, Mitchell dropped its first game of the season 62-34 at the Corn Palace.
"They were physical and long with their press. We just didn't react very well," said MHS head coach Morgan, who added Brewster was out of town and Cranny missed the game due to illness.
"Give (credit) to Stevens, they are a good team. They have a good post and they created a lot of issues for us."
The No. 3-ranked Raiders held Mitchell five points in the third quarter and six points in the third quarter. Mitchell committed 25 turnovers and shot 28 percent (13-of-45) from the field.
"We just try to be active and the No. 1 thing we stress is communication," RCS head coach Michael Brooks said. "When we do that, we can cover up holes and make sure we are in the right spots. It's about five (players) playing as one."
RCS (4-0) charged out to an early 8-0 lead in the first quarter but the Kernels were able to clip the lead down to two points at 10-8. The Raiders closed the quarter on an 8-2 run to lead 18-10. A defensive second quarter followed as the two teams combined for just 12 points. The Kernels managed only five points and went into halftime trailing 25-15.
"We did OK defensively, but we have to put the ball in the basket," Morgan said. "We held them in the first half but then lost our confidence and our mojo. They took us out of our game."
In the second half, Rapid City Stevens took over, outscoring Mitchell 18-6 in the third quarter and 37-19 in the half. Lexus Eagle Chasing led the Raiders with 11 points, while Aly Hammon added eight points and Kyah Watson chipped in seven points. RCS went 8-of-17 from behind the arc for 47 percent.
"Our ladies have come out committed to play a certain way," Brooks said. "We shared the ball pretty well and I think our defense helps with that."
For the Kernels (2-1), Tayler Factor led with nine points, while Mackenzie Miller, who fouled out with 1 minute and 8 seconds left in the third quarter, added seven points and Mandy Schmidt chipped in six points.
Mitchell look to bounce back against Brookings on Tuesday at the Corn Palace.
"That will be a good test," Morgan said about the Bobcats. "We'll get some rest, get back on Monday and hopefully have our full team on Tuesday."
JV: Rapid City Stevens won 49-36. Haley Hohn led Mitchell with nine points.
Sophomore: Rapid City Stevens won 34-30. Camryn Krogman scored 10 points and Brooke Brewster had nine points for the Kernels.
Rapid City Stevens 62, Mitchell 34
Rapid City Stevens (4-0): Elizabeth Schaefer 2-3 0-0 4, Laura Petik 2-3 0-0 6, Grace Martin 2-4 1-1 5, Mya Hendry 2-7 1-3 5, Sydney Smith 2-6 0-0 5, Delaney Klosterman 1-4 2-2 5, Lexus Eagle Chasing 4-6 2-2 11, Aly Hammon 3-6 0-0 8, Kyah Watson 3-7 0-0 7 Totals 21-46 6-8 62
Mitchell (2-1): Shianne Hiemstra 1-2 0-0 2 Mackenzie Miller 1-5 5-8 7 Mandy Schmidt 2-8 1-2 6 Payton Morgan 1-7 0-0 2 Tayler Factor 4-11 0-0 9 Tess Limberg 2-6 0-0 4 Carly Haring 1-2 0-0 2, Tori Misiaszek 1-4 0-0 2 Totals 13-45 6-10 34
RCS 18 25 43 62
M 10 15 21 34
3-point goals: RCS 8-17 (Petik 2-3, Hamon 2-3, Smith 1-4, Klosterman 1-2 Eagle Chasing 1-1, Watson 1-3), DWU 2-8 (Schmidt 1-3, Factor 1-2, Morgan 0-3); Rebounds: RCS 38 (Hendry 4), M 22 (Limberg 3); Steals: RCS 6 (Smith 2), M 4 (Schmidt 2); Blocks: (none); Fouls: RCS 12, M 13; Fouled out: RCS (none), M (Miller); Turnovers: RCS 15, M 25.