‘All the girls stepped up’: Kernel girls battle injuries to top Huron

Mitchell's Haley Hohn (32) puts up a shot against Huron's Isabella Shreeve on Saturday at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

The short-handed Mitchell High School girls basketball team found plenty of answers on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

Starting point guard Adaya Plastow was out with bruised ribs, but several Kernels stepped up in her absence. Led by Macy Kempf and Camryn Krogman combining for 41 points, Mitchell snapped its two-game losing streak with a 60-52 win over Huron.

“We had some adversity -- Adaya was out -- and all the girls stepped up,” Mitchell coach Cole Knippling said. “... There’s so many nice things we did individually that it made our team effort just fun.”

Kempf credited her teammates for her 22-point, 10-rebound double-double, but her individual dominance in the paint highlighted Mitchell’s offense. She went 6-for-10 from the field and 10-for-11 from the free-throw line, as the junior scored nine of Mitchell’s 13 third-quarter points. The Kernels took a 40-38 lead into the fourth.

She added seven points in the fourth, including a pair of free throws down the stretch. Mitchell (3-4) went 18 of 22 from the line.


“I was just kind of feeling it and my teammates were coming with me,” Kempf said. “It was awesome to have them come with me, and it was a team thing. They were the ones that got me the ball.”

Krogman took over point guard duties, finishing with 19 points and five rebounds as she got to the basket often. Avia Haley dished out a team-high four assists to go with seven points, but her biggest impact was felt on the other end.

Haley was tasked with defending Huron (3-4) standout Havyn Heinz, who had 24 points in the Tigers’ 48-41 season-opening win over the Kernels. Heinz finished with 15 points on Saturday, but was held to four points in the second half until she hit a 3-pointer in the closing seconds.

“Avia didn’t score as much, but that’s OK,” Knippling said. “When you take Havyn Heinz out of their offense, that completely changes how they play. She played so great defensively.”

Heinz’s impact was felt early, but foul trouble forced her to sit for a three-minute stretch near the end of the first half. Mitchell couldn’t capitalize, though. Huron ended the half on an 11-4 run to tie the game at 27-27 at the break.

“We lost our focus a little bit offensively, and bad offense put our defense in bad positions,” Knippling said.

Tenley Buddenhagen kept the Tigers close in the second half when she scored 11 of her team-high 17 points. She also grabbed six rebounds, but Mitchell dominated on the glass. It owned a 35-26 advantage, with Haley also grabbing four boards.

The Kernels went on a 9-2 run late in the fourth to pull away. Sarah Sebert, who started in place of Plastow, grabbed an offensive rebound off of a missed free throw to seal the win.


“That was one of our goals today, getting on the defensive rebounds because we kind of struggled against Harrisburg,” Kempf said. “We worked really hard to get those rebounds.”

Haley Hohn added seven points for the Kernels. Isabella Shreeve scored nine points for Huron.

“We really needed this win,” Kempf said. “I thought we had a great week of practice, working hard. Really on our defense, to play as a team and to play hard.”

Mitchell travels to Pierre on Thursday.

Mitchell 60, Huron 52

Huron (3-4): Isabella Shreeve 3-12 2-2 9, Tenley Buddenhagen 6-16 4-4 17, Havyn Heinz 5-17 3-4 15, Alexis Feenstra 1-5 0-0 3, Brooke Schiltz 0-1 0-0 0, Braylee Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Lexy Gilbert 0-1 0-0 0, Mattie Huber 0-0 0-0 0, Reese Rozell 2-2 0-0 5, Brooklyn Boetel 0-0 0-0 0, Heavan Gainey 1-5 1-3 3, Libby Rounds 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 18-59 10-13 52.

Mitchell (3-4): Avia Haley 2-6 1-2 7, Camryn Krogman 6-11 6-6 19, Sarah Sebert 1-4 0-0 2, Haley Hohn 3-5 1-1 7, Gia Winger 0-1 0-0 0, Atlanta Stahle 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Giblin 1-2 0-2 3, Regan Waddell 0-0 0-0 0, Macy Kempf 6-10 10-11 22. Team totals: 19-39 18-22 60.

H 12 27 38 52


M 17 27 40 60

3-pointers: H 6-22 (Heinz 2-6, Shreeve 1-5, Buddenhagen 1-3, Feenstra 1-5, Rozell 1-1, Gainey 0-2); M 4-13 (Haley 2-5, Krogman 1-2, Giblin 1-2, Sebert 0-3, Kempf 0-1). Rebounds: H 26 (Buddenhagen 6); M 35 (Kempf 10, Krogman 5). Assists: H 1; M 7 (Haley 4). Blocked shots: H 0; M 2. Steals: H 6 (Heinz 5); M 2. Turnovers: H 3, M 12. Total fouls: H 20, M 15.

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