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No. 2 Mitchell girls hold off Harrisburg 65-56

Mitchell’s Shelly Iburg passes the ball into the post against Harrisburg in Eastern South Dakota Conference girls’ high school basketball action Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Nick McCutcheon/Republic)
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The No. 2 Kernels (12-1, 10-0 ESD) remained perfect in Eastern South Dakota Conference play with the 65-56 win over the Tigers Tuesday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

“It’s our first go around playing at the Corn Palace,” Harrisburg coach Nick Mayer said. “We are finding out how difficult it is to play here.”

The win was the 38th straight for the Kernel girls at home.

Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said “It’s just a number,” and he has been lucky to have several good teams over the last few years.

After being limited in recent action with an injured ankle, Mitchell’s Taylor Volesky played every minute against Harrisburg, scoring 19 points on 9-of-15 shooting.

“The ankle is feeling a little better,” Volesky said. “I sprained it there again a little at the beginning tonight, but just had to play through it.”

Volesky hit a corner jumper as time expired in a back-and-forth first quarter to extend the Kernel lead to 17-11 over the Tigers at the end of one. The junior forward continued her hot shooting in the second, finishing the first half with 14 points.

“It feels good to help the team get the job done,” Volesky added. “That jumper got me back in rhythm out there.”

Mitchell extended an 11-point halftime lead to 16 with just under 3 minutes to play in the third quarter, but much as they did in the last meeting between the two teams, the Tigers fought back late.

Harrisburg cut the lead to seven with six straight points to open the fourth quarter, capped by forward Hailey Halling hitting a pair of free throws for the Tigers.

Once again, Mitchell withstood the Harrisburg rally and closed out the win.

Macy Miller, a South Dakota State University signee, scored 16 of her game-high 27 points in the second half for the Kernels to help close out the win.

Miller was 8-of-19 from the field and a perfect 7-of-7 from the free-throw line. The senior added 10 rebounds for a double-double, seven assists, four steals and three blocks while playing every minute in the win.

“It’s tough to dig out of a hole when you are playing kids like Macy and Taylor,” Mayer said.

Starters Emma Schmidt, Shelly Iburg and Torrie Michels each finished with six points for the Kernels.

“We had great balance tonight,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. “When we can get that 20 points or so from our three through six, it’s huge for us.”

Iburg added nine rebounds, despite playing limited minutes due to foul trouble.

The Kernels shot 48 percent from the field, making 24 of 50 field-goal attempts. Mitchell made 16 of 22 free throws and 1 of 6 3-pointers. The home team outrebounded the Tigers 33-28, while both teams finished with 10 turnovers.

The Tigers had four players finish with double-figure scoring, led by Halling with 12 points. Alex Johnson and Morgan Beaner each scored 11 points, while Danni Hanner added 10.

The Tigers shot 16-of-42 from the field and 20-of-27 at the free-throw line.

“We have gotten some pretty big wins and some tough losses, but if we can compete with the upper teams like a Mitchell it says a lot about our kids,” Mayer added.

With Harrisburg starting to make a second-half run, Morgan shouted some encouraging words to the Kernel student section that had gone quiet.

“I’ve done that before,” Morgan said about his words of encouragement for the Kernels faithful. “That’s what the student section is there for. It’s nice for them to step up and give us a lift.”

The Kernels look to continue their dominance at home against Yankton at 7 p.m. Friday at the Corn Palace.

NOTES: The final undefeated Class AA girls’ team fell Tuesday, with Sioux Falls Washington losing at home to Sioux Falls Lincoln 52-50. … Mitchell is now 10-0 in the Eastern South Dakota Conference, while all other league teams have at least three losses in conference play.

Harrisburg ................... 56

Mitchell ....................... 65

MIT (12-1, 10-0 ESD)

Taylor Volesky 9-15 1-2 19; Shelly Iburg 2-8 2-3 6; Torrie Michels 2-2 1-2 6; Macy Miller 8-19 11-11 27; Emman Schmidt 3-3 0-1 6; Erin Farnham 0-0 0-0 0; Cassidy Musick 0-2 1-2 1; Ally Goldammer 0-0 0-0 0; Kaley Nolz 0-1 0-1 0; Totals 24-50 16-22 65.

HAR (7-4, 5-4 ESD)

Danni Hanner 3-9 3-4 10; Hailey Halling 4-4 4-4 12; Morgan Darner 1-7 1-2 3; Alex Johnson 3-5 3-3 11; Morgan Beaner 3-9 4-6 11; Jordan Bieswanger 1-2 3-6 5; Hailey Axtell 0-2 0-0 0; Tiara Ugofsley 1-4 2-2 4; 16-42 20-27 56.

HAR ................. 11 24 37 56

MIT ................. 17 35 50 65

3-point field goals: MIT 1-6 (Michels), HAR 4-9 (Johnson 2). Rebounds: MIT 33 (Miller 10, Iburg 9), HAR 28 (Halling 5). Assists: MIT 11 (Miller 7), HAR 9. Steals: MIT 6 (Miller 4), HAR 5 (Johnson 3). Turnovers: MIT 10 (Miller 3), HAR 10 (Beaner 3). Personal fouls: MIT 16, HAR 20. Technical fouls: none. Fouled out: MIT (Iburg), HAR (Halling, Johnson).

Subvarsity scores

JV: Harrisburg won 36-31. Hallie Misiaszek led the Kernels with 10 points.

Sophomores: Harrisburg won 43-23. Jayci Hinker led the Kernels with 6 points.

Freshmen: Harrisburg won 53-31. Haley Burdick led the Kernels with 12 points.