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Mitchell's Tayler Factor, right, is fouled by Rapid City Central's Bailey Johnson, left, while going to the basket during a prep girls basketball game on Friday at the Corn Palace. (Eric Mayer / Republic)

For the second time in two games this season, the Mitchell High School girls basketball team used the second half to its advantage.

Leading Rapid City Central 25-23 at halftime, the Kernels put together a 9-0 run to start the third quarter and never looked back, earning a 50-40 victory on Friday at the Corn Palace. Mitchell improved to 2-0 and will take on No. 3-ranked Rapid City Stevens at 1:30 p.m. today at the Corn Palace.

"We weathered the storm in the first half and then came out sparks flying," MHS head coach Wes Morgan said. "They are starting to learn how to play. We put some pressure on and everything I've heard about pressure is it comes in bunches. We got nine points at a crucial time."

The Cobblers (0-4) employed a zone defense that gave the Kernels some trouble early in the contest as Rapid City Central took a 14-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. A Jordyn Cranny 3-pointer tied the contest up at 21 late in the second quarter. Mitchell ended up outscoring the Cobblers 17-9 in the period to take a two-point lead into the break.

"We haven't played much against a zone yet, but we started to spread it out," Morgan said. "We're still learning."

After Mitchell's 9-0 run to start the second half, the Kernels were able to maintain their largest lead of the game of 11 points the rest of the third quarter, leading 41-30 heading into the final frame.

"They switched to a press and we didn't react very well," Rapid City Central head coach Kraig Blomme said about the start of the third quarter. "We turned the ball the over and they got on a good run. ... We shot very, very poorly."

In the fourth quarter, the Cobblers quickly scored seven unanswered points to pull within 41-37 with 5 minutes left, but Mitchell was able to regroup and fend off any further comeback. Six Kernels scored six points or more in the contest with Tayler Factor finishing with a team-high 11 points. Cranny and Payton Morgan each added nine points, Carly Haring recorded eight points, Tess Limberg had seven points and Mackenzie Miller chipped in six points.

"We got 10 kids that can play," Coach Morgan said. "Stevens is one of the top teams. We're going to have to figure out how to break their press. We'll take it one step at a time."

Subvarsity scores

JV: Rapid City Central won 58-50. Mandy Schmidt and Avia Haley each had six points.

Sophomore: Rapid City Central won 64-41. Camryn Krogman led the Kernels with 11 points.

Mitchell 50, Rapid City Central 40

Rapid City Central (0-4): Adison Young 2-5 0-1 6, Bailey Johnson 3-13 1-3 7, Abbie Freeman 1-9 0-0 2, Juneau Jones 2-7 3-4 7, Jordan Heckert 2-3 0-0 4, Hanna Semmler 0-4 3-4 3, Whitley Heitsch 2-7 3-4 7, Emily Eisenbraun 1-2 0-0 2 Totals 13-50 11-16 40

Mitchell (2-0): Tess Limberg 1-10 5-6 7, Jordyn Cranny 3-4 0-0 9, Mandy Schmidt 0-2 0-1 0, Payton Morgan 3-7 2-2 9, Shianne Hiemstra 0-2 0-0 0 Tayler Factor 4-13 3-4 11 Carly Haring 2-4 4-4 8, Tori Misiaszek 0-2 0-0 0, Mackenzie Miller 3-6 0-0 6 Totals 17-50 14-17 50

RCC 14 23 30 40

M 8 25 41 50

3-point goals: RCC 2-12 (Young 2-3, Johnson 0-2, Freeman 0-4, Heitsch 0-2, Jones 0-1), M 4-7 (Cranny 3-3, Morgan 1-3, Limberg 0-1); Rebounds: RCC 27 (Young 4), M 39 (Cranny 5); Assists: RCC 5 (Jones 2), M 9 (Schmidt 4); Steals: RCC 5 (Heitsch 4), M 9 (Limberg 4); Blocks: RCC 0, M 2 (Miller 2); Fouls: RCC 15, M 22; Fouled out: (none) Turnovers: RCC 19, M 22.