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BROOKINGS - Mitchell was unable to overcome a slow start, falling in the state title game for the second straight season. The No. 2 seeded Kernels fell behind early after shooting 28 percent in the first half and lost 58-51 to No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington Saturday at Frost Arena in Brookings. The Kernels did rally, but could not close out the Warriors for a third straight year. “We got off to a rough start and things didn’t go our way,” said Mitchell coach Wes Morgan, whose team beat the Warriors the last two years in the state tournament.
There will always be a group of families directly linked to basketball in Mitchell. Some of them who stick out are the Andersens, Morgans, Jacobsens and Youngs. But one name stands out of Mitchell basketball through excellence, success and longevity more than any other. No doubt, it's the Millers. The legacy started in 1967, when Tom Miller came from Stickney to play for Dakota Wesleyan University. "It seems so long ago," said Alan, Tom's younger brother.
BROOKINGS — Frost Arena will be Macy Miller’s basketball home in the fall, but at the Class AA state tournament, she is staking claim to the fourth quarter as her own. The Kernel senior guard has led her team to victory down the stretch in two close games thus far in the tournament, as Mitchell has moved on to the Class AA girls state title game. The Kernels play the Warriors in the championship at 8 p.m. today at Frost Arena. Against Roosevelt in the quarterfinal round Thursday, Miller scored 17 of her 38 points in the final stanza to push her team to a five-point win.
BROOKINGS — The home of South Dakota State University is playing host to a pair of state tournaments this weekend and the city has filled up with Jackrabbit students from the end of spring break. The Class AA high school girls’ basketball tournament is being held at Frost Arena Thursday through Saturday, while the state boys’ varsity hockey tournament is being played across town at the Larson Ice Center Friday through Sunday. South Dakota High School Activities Association Executive Director Wayne Carney said there was no concern about the city’s accommodations being overcrowded. “I h
BROOKINGS — The Mitchell girls’ basketball team avenged its lone loss of the season, advancing to the state title game with a win Friday in Brookings. The No. 2 seed Kernels (23-1) surged past No. 3 seed Sioux Falls O’Gorman (17-7) in the fourth quarter to win 61-48 in the semifinals of the Class AA state tournament at Frost Arena. The Kernels play No. 1 Sioux Falls Washington in the title game at 8 p.m. today.
BROOKINGS — The Mitchell girls’ basketball team has relied heavily on the same core of six players for the majority of its 22-1 season. In the quarterfinal game of the Class AA state tournament Thursday at Frost Arena, Kernel coach Wes Morgan was forced to turn to some unfamiliar sources to secure the team’s closest win of the season. Less than two and a half minutes into the fourth quarter, Mitchell had a third starter foul out.
BROOKINGS — Macy Miller has run her name to the top of the Mitchell girls’ basketball record books in numerous categories all season. She topped standards she set as a junior and has eclipsed marks that had been established long before her time as a Kernel. In Mitchell’s quarterfinal win over Sioux Falls Roosevelt in the Class AA state tournament Thursday in Brookings, Miller passed another familiar name in Kernel lore. The senior guard scored her 690th point of the season with a jump shot late in tight battle against the Rough Riders to move past her cousin, Mike Miller, who is in hi
BROOKINGS - The first round of the Class AA state tournament started the same as many for the Kernels this season, with Mitchell rushing out to a 14-point lead after the opening quarter. Mitchell had to hold off a furious Rough Rider comeback, however, to win 70-65 Thursday at Frost Arena in Brookings. After the first quarter, the No.
Macy Miller never got those first-time state tournament jitters. At least it never appeared so. When Mitchell High School qualified for the state Class AA girls' basketball tournament her freshman year in 2011, she scored a team-high 20 points in a loss to eventual champion Brandon Valley. As a sophomore, she led the team in scoring all three games at state en route to a championship. As a junior, she made her second straight all-tournament team.
Dealing with Mitchell’s offense is more than enough for most Class AA girls’ basketball teams, but the Kernel strength on the defensive end this season has made things even tougher for the opposition. Senior guard Torrie Michels, who also competes in rodeo, makes sure the pressure starts the moment the other team gets the ball. The 5-foot-4 guard has embraced her defensive role with the club. Her work mirroring the other team’s point guard up the court each time has often resulted in bad passes and turnovers. “It is my job,” Michels said.