Mitchell High School boys basketball coach Todd Neuendorf said his team wasn’t ready to play Saturday at the Corn Palace, resulting in a slow start which snowballed into its into its second straight double-digit loss.

The Kernels turning it over six times and missing six shots before their first bucket was just the start of a frustrating afternoon for Mitchell, which saw Rapid City Stevens run away with a 73-46 win.

“The last two nights have been very frustrating,” Neuendorf said. “... We should have came out and played a little harder than we did, but we didn’t so that’s what you get. You get your lunch handed to you.”

Missed layups and being unable to break RCS’ man-to-man press hampered the Kernels (0-3) early, though the opposite was true for the Raiders (2-2).

RCS created second chances by dominating on the glass. The Raiders grabbed 39 rebounds to Mitchell’s 25, including 15 offensive boards.

That said, Mitchell freshman Caden Hinker recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

RCS’ pick-and-pop game also led to uncontested 3-pointers, as they knocked down 10 of 17 from beyond the arc. The Raiders’ offense ran through Dakota Wesleyan University commit Dylan Pourier, who scored a game-high 18 points on 6 of 11 shooting, including nine in the first quarter.

“(Pourier) is really quick and he’s handy with the ball,” Neuendorf said. “He causes a lot of trouble because he breaks people down off the dribble, and that’s where those 3s were coming from.”

Meanwhile, the Kernels stumbled out of the gate, with RCS’ press wreaking havoc. MItchell missed their first six shots from the field and turned it over six times before Kiel Nelson made a breakaway layup with 2:15 left in the first quarter. The Kernels trailed 23-6 after a quarter.

The Kernels’ continued to struggle to find their shot in the first half, connecting on just 1 of 7 3-pointers and shooting 25 percent from the field compared to RCS’ 46.9 shooting percentage.

“You got to make shots,” Neuendorf said. “If you don’t make shots in this game, you can do all the other stuff but it comes down to making shots. They shoot the ball really well and right now we don’t.”

Mitchell started to gain a little momentum in the third, though. It hit a trio of 3s, guiding it to a 7-for-14 shooting quarter. However, like the Raiders did all night, it quickly stomped on any Kernel momentum. RCS hit back-to-back treys and forced one of Mitchell’s 17 turnovers in the closing minutes to take back the momentum and extend its lead, 60-35.

Despite being held to 11 points in the fourth quarter, the Kernels got a spark from freshman Gavyn Degen, who didn’t play until the final minutes of the game. He knocked down a pair of 3-pointers en route to a quick eight points. Carter Jacobsen and Kiel Nelson both scored six for the Kernels, as well as Kaden Soukup pulling down six rebounds.

For RCS, Dawson Paulsen (12) and Joe Bennett (11) both scored in double-figures, while Daniel Vigoren recorded nine points, five boards and four steals.

“This was a bad week for Mitchell Kernels basketball,” Neuendorf said. “Not a good weekend for the boys basketball team in Mitchell. We’ll go back to work Monday, but it doesn’t get any easier with Brandon Valley.”

The Kernels (0-3) play Brandon Valley at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Corn Palace.

Rapid City Stevens 73, Mitchell 46

Rapid City Stevens (2-2): Tyson Elliott 2 1-2 6, Dylan Pourier 6 4-5 18, Colton Hartford 1 2-2 4, Daniel Viogren 4 0-0 9, Tyler Nix 0 0-0 0, Blake Weaver 1 0-0 3, Joe Bennett 4 0-0 11, Bridger Nesbit 0 0-0 0, Dawson Segrist 0 0-0 0, Ted Schrebenske 0 0-0  0, Dawson Paulsen 5 0-0 12, Anthony Pruitt 2 0-0 5, Mason Steele 2 2-2 7. Totals: 27 9-11 73.

Mitchell (0-3): Kiel Nelson 2 2-2 6, Gavyn Degen 3 0-0 8, Derek Factor 2 0-0 5, Kaden Soukup 1 0-0 3, Caden Hinker 4 5-10 15, Ben Helleloid 0 0-0 0, Carter Jacobsen 3 0-0 6, Ryley Johansen 1 0-0 2, Zane Alm 0 1-2 1.

3-point field goals: RCS 10-28 (Bennett 3-8, Pourier 2-5); MHS 6-19 (Hinker 2-8, Degen 2-2). Rebounds: RCS 39 (Steele 7, Paulsen 6, Pruitt 5, Vigoren 5); MHS 25 (Soukup 6, Factor 4). Assists: RCS 8 (Hartford 3); MHS 8 (Nelson 2, Johansen 2). Steals: RCS 12 (Vigoren 4); MHS 7 (Nelson 2, Factor 2). Blocks: RCS 0; MHS 1 (Johansen 1). Turnovers: RCS 11; MHS 17. Total fouls: RCS 13; MHS 12.

RCS 23 40 60 73

MHS 6 16 35 46

Sub-varsity scores: JV: RCS 65, MHS 46. Sophomore: RCS 63, MHS 50. Freshman A: MHS 45, RCS 39. Freshman B: Mitchell 47, RCS 39.