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Mitchell girls defeat Watertown 70-50

Mitchell senior Torrie Michels, right, drives to the basket as Watertown’s Danielle Duncan defends during the second quarter of an Eastern South Dakota Conference basketball game Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Brooke Cersosimo/Republic)

A defensive third-quarter helped the Kernel girls’ basketball team keep its undefeated season going.

No. 2 Mitchell held the Watertown Arrows to just six third-quarter points after giving up 30 in the first half. The Kernels went on to take the Eastern South Dakota Conference contest 70-50 Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

“Watertown came out ready to go and had a good scheme going early,” said Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan, whose team led 40-30 at the half. “They contained us in the fast break and as we went on to the second half, we created some turnovers, forced them to make some tough shots and got into our transition game.”

The Kernels, who shot 53 percent from the field, forced 12 second-half turnovers. Mitchell’s defense caused Watertown (1-6, 1-5 ESD) to shoot just 29 percent from the field in the second half, after shooting 41 percent before halftime.

“That’s how our season has gone. We play well but have a stretch where we turn the ball over quite a bit, and they get some easy baskets,” Watertown coach Pat McClemans, whose team had 21 turnovers in the game.

Mitchell (8-0, 6-0 ESD) got in foul trouble early as junior Taylor Volesky and senior Macy Miller each had three fouls before halftime.

“It was undisciplined defense,” Morgan said. “They let someone go by them then tried to swat the ball. You get the body contact and it’s going to be a foul. We’ve got to get fundamentally sound, cut the baseline off and make those kids kick it back around. Then, it’s hard and playing the game right.”

Despite foul trouble, Miller, who recorded her fourth foul in the third quarter, recorded a game-high 27 points, 14 rebounds and five assists for a double-double. Volesky had 13 points and five rebounds.

The Kernels also got help offensively from seniors Emma Schmidt and Shelly Iburg. Iburg scored 10 points and Schmidt finished with 11, all of which came in the opening quarter.

“Emma Schmidt did a nice job tonight, giving us a lift in the first quarter,” Morgan said. “Shelly Iburg had a good game for us, too. Now, we’ve got to get those games consistently from them.”

Iburg said the team has been working hard to get others involved in scoring and be fundamentally tougher.

“If we get more people in double digits, it makes it easier on Macy and Taylor,” she said. “We’re able to spread it around and take the pressure off them.”

Mitchell, which built its largest lead in the fourth quarter at 25 points, outrebounded the Arrows 35-31 and was 7-of-10 from the line. The Kernels didn’t allow an Arrow to score in double figures, leaving Elli Stevenson and Molly Despiegler with eight points apiece.

Mitchell travels to play No. 5 Sioux Falls O’Gorman at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Sioux Falls.

Mitchell 70

Watertown 50

Mitchell (8-0, 6-0 ESD)

Taylor Volesky 6-13 1-1 13; Shelly Iburg 5-9 0-0 10; Torrie Michels 2-3 0-2 5; Macy Miller 12-20 3-4 27; Emma Schmidt 4-7 3-3 11; Erin Farnham 2-2 0-0 4; Cassidy Musick 0-3 0-0 0; Julie Knight 0-2 0-0 0; Alex Weber 0-0 0-0 0; Hallie Misiaszek 0-0 0-0 0; Rachel Bucholz 0-0 0-0 0; Ally Goldammer 0-0 0-0 0; Kaly Nolz 0-0 0-0 0; Totals: 31-59 7-10 70.

Watertown (1-6, 1-5 ESD)

Tatum Hemiller 2-6 2-2 6; Elli Stevenson 2-11 3-4 8; Molly Despiegler 3-4 2-2 8; Danielle Duncan 3-9 0-0 6; McKenzie Werner 2-6 0-3 6; Macy Denzer 0-3 3-4 3; Madigan 3-4 0-0 6; Allison VanLacken 0-0 0-0 0; Chelsey Borkhuis 2-4 0-0 4; Brittany Bauer 0-0 1-2 1; Alyssa Koistimer 1-1 0-0 2; Danielle Gottsleben 0-0 0-0 0; Laura Socha 1-4 0-0 2; Totals: 19-53 11-17 50.

M 23 40 54 70

W 17 30 36 50

3-point goals: M 1-7 (Michels), W 1-7 (Stevenson); Rebounds: M 35 (Miller 14), W Duncan 5, Werner 5); Assists: M 11 (Miller 5), W 8 (Stevenson 2, Denzer 2); Steals: M 13 (Michels 4), W 10 (Despiegler 3); Turnovers: M 16, W 21; Personal fouls: M 15, W 14; Technical fouls: None.

Subvarsity scores

JV: Mitchell 42-33. Hallie Misiaszek had a game-high 15 points and Julie Knight added 12 points.

Sophomores: Watertown 49-22. Haley Burdick had a team-best seven points.

Freshmen: Mitchell 33-27. Kendra Brewster had 15 points and Rebecca Wahlen added eight.