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O'Gorman hands No. 2 Mitchell girls first loss

Mitchell's Emma Schmidt (24) fights for a rebounds with Sioux Falls O'Gorman's Katie Messler (40) in a high school basketball game Saturday in Sioux Falls. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)

SIOUX FALLS – Turnovers and poor shooting led to the first loss of the year for the Kernel girls’ basketball team.

No. 2 Mitchell  shot just 31 percent from the field and turned the ball over 12 times in the first half in a 55-50 loss to No. 5 Sioux Falls O’Gorman Saturday in Sioux Falls.

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“We had good looks at the basket all game and we got to make those shots to win,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. “I’m proud of how we fought back. We got some excitement in that fourth quarter and started to play like a team.”

While the Kernels never want to see a loss, Morgan knows this is something he can use to teach his team going forward.

“I hope we have more games like this, but obviously I hope we win,” Morgan said. “We need to learn how to win the close games.”

Down 12 points in the fourth quarter, the Kernels rallied to take a 50-48 lead with just over three minutes to play, but Mitchell went cold and the Knights went on to score the final seven points of the game for the win.

As a team, Mitchell shot 15-of-48 from the field and 4-of-19 from behind the three-point line.

Macy Miller led the Kernels with a season-low 23 points on 6-of-14 shooting, while making 10-of-12 free throws. Miller, a South Dakota State University signee, added seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

“That first half we really weren’t playing as a team,” Miller said. “We were taking some quick shots and we weren’t rebounding.”

Junior Taylor Volesky and senior Shelly Iburg each added 10 points, while Iburg added a team-high eight rebounds. According to Morgan, Volesky was limited due to an ankle injury sustained in the team’s last game against Huron.

“Not having Taylor at 100 percent hurt us and we could tell her ankle was really bothering her,” Morgan said.

Volesky added seven rebounds and three assists, but had eight of her team’s 18 total turnovers.

Senior Torrie Michels added five points and three steals, while senior Emma Schmidt finished with two points on 1-of-10 shooting. No scoring came off the bench for Mitchell.

O’Gorman had three players score in double figures, led by Jessica Mieras who made two field goals in the final three minutes to put the Knights up for good.

“I am proud of the way our kids handled the adversity and handled that run by Mitchell,” O’Gorman coach Kent Kolsrud said.

Mieras finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. Katie Messler chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds and three steals for the Knights, while Rachel Townsend added 10 points.

O’Gorman shot 41 percent from the field, while outrebounding Mitchell 39-32.

The Kernels will look to bounce back against Brookings Tuesday in Brookings. The Knights (7-3) play Rapid City Stevens Friday in Sioux Falls.

Mitchell 50

Sioux Falls O’Gorman 55

MIT (9-0)

Taylor Volesky 4-10 0-2 10; Shelly Iburg 2-4 6-6 10; Torrie Michels 2-9 0-0 5; Macy Miller 6-14 10-12 23; Emma Schmidt 1-10 0-0 2; Cassidy Musick 0-0 0-0 0; Ally Goldammer 0-1 0-0 0; Totals 15-48 16-20 50.

SFO (7-3)

Dalee Stene 3-9 1-1 9; Claire Howes 3-9 0-0 6; Peyton Bejorkman 1-6 1-3 3; Paige Leafstedt 0-0 0-0 0; Kylie Lamberty 0-0 0-0 0; Rachel Townsend 3-8 3-4 10; Katie Messler 5-8 1-2 11; Jessica Mieras 8-15 0-0 16; Totals 23-55 6-10 55.

MIT 13 21 36 50

SFO 15 26 46 55

3-point field goals: MIT 4-19 (Volesky 2), SFO 3-10 (Stene 2). Rebounds: MIT 32 (Iburg 8, Miller 7, Volesky 7), SFO 39 (Mieras 13). Assists: MIT 9 (Miller 6), SFO 13 (Stene 5). Steals: MIT 13 (Miller 4, Michels 3), SFO 10 (Stene 3, Messler 3). Turnovers: MIT 18 (Volesky 8, Schmidt 4), SFO 19 (Mieras 5, Stene 4). Personal fouls: MIT 12, SFO 18. Technical fouls: none. Fouled out: none.