RAPID CITY -- Jeniah Ugofsky proved star players step up in crunch time.

Despite being contained all game, the University of South Dakota commit came up with a critical block and sank four free throws in the final 13.4 seconds to seal No. 2 seed Harrisburg’s 49-44 win over No. 8 Mitchell on Saturday.

The Tigers (19-5) claimed third place at the Class AA girls basketball state tournament, while the Kernels finished in fourth and 14-10 on the season.

“It’s just bittersweet how it came to an end,” Mitchell senior Tess Limberg said. “It kind of sucks going out on a loss, but the memories and everything are worth it in the end.”

Ugofsky did most of her damage at the line, sinking 8 of 9 free throws to finish with 10 points and eight rebounds. With an emphasis on denying her the ball, the Kernels face-guarded the 6-foot-1 forward to hold her to 1-for-5 shooting from the field.

It threw the Tigers off their rhythm in the first half, as they were held without a field goal in the second quarter and kept to 29.5 percent shooting overall.

Then, Brecli Honner caught fire from 3-point range. She drained a trio of 3s to start the second half, while her 3 to open the fourth gave Harrisburg its first lead since the first quarter, 34-33. Honner finished with 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting and a perfect 5-for-5 from deep.

“They’re well-coached,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said, of Harrisburg. “Honner got hot and takes over in the end there.”

Harrisburg was able to open up a 39-33 lead before Mitchell’s final push. The Kernels went on a 9-5 run and had a chance to tie the game when Ugofsky striked.

Tayler Factor drove up the right side of the court, dishing it to a trailing Mackenzie Miller. However, her shot was blocked and the rebound was grabbed by Ugofsky, who had four blocks.

“The old thought of, ‘We didn’t really lose the game, we ran out of time,’ ” Morgan said of the fourth quarter.

Despite shooting 29.3 percent from the field and 2 of 15 from beyond the arc, the Kernels were in it at the end and held a 10-point halftime lead.

While they only made two shots in the second quarter, their aggressiveness led to an abundance of trips to the free-throw line. Led by Limberg scoring eight of her team-high 15 points in the second, Mitchell sank 15 free throws in the first half and went 18-for-25 overall.

“We had to get to the hoop,” Morgan said. “Last game of the tournament, outside shots don’t always go in. Let’s get to the hoop, let’s get to the free-throw line.”

With fewer free throw attempts after the break, the offense failed to finish at the rim and missed open shots in the second half.

“Our shots just didn’t fall,” Limberg said. “Harrisburg played a really tough defense and our shots didn’t fall how we wanted them to. It’s nothing we could have changed.”

Miller finished with 10 points and five rebounds. Payton Morgan added nine poins and Jordyn Cranny hit a pair of 3s for her six points. Aby Phipps scored eight points for the Tigers.

“I love my team and I love being a Mitchell Kernel,” Payton Morgan said. “We came in as the eight seed, but we showed them we’re better than that and came out fourth. We really worked hard throughout the year, and it really paid off.”

Harrisburg 49, Mitchell 44

Harrisburg (19-5): Jeniah Ugofsky 1-5 8-9 10, Kiki Berndt 1-6 0-0 3, Brecli Honner 8-11 0-1 21, Faith Van Holland 2-8 0-0 4, Aby Phipps 1-7 5-6 8, Taylor Kippes 0-0 0-0 0, Emilee Boyer 0-0 0-0 0, Regan Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, McKenzie Beaner 0-2 0-0 0, Carolyn Haar 0-1 1-2 1, Syd Hybertson 0-0 0-0 0, Sadie Roth 0-4 2-4 2. Team totals: 13-44 16-22 49.

Mitchell (14-10): Mackenzie Miller 3-12 4-6 10, Tess Limberg 4-9 7-10 15, Jordyn Crann 2-4 0-0 6, Payton Morgan 2-9 5-6 9, Tayler Factor 1-3 0-1 2, Mandy Schmidt 0-2 0-0 0, Avia Haley 0-1 0-0 0, Camryn Krogman 0-1 2-2 2, Haley Hohn 0-0 0-0 0, Macy Kempf 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 12-41 18-25 44.

HAR 14 18 31 49

MHS 12 28 33 44

3-pointers: HAR 7-23 (Honner 5-5, Berndt 1-6, Phipps 1-4); MHS 2-15 (Cranny 2-4). Rebounds: HAR (Van Holland 9, Ugofsky 8); MHS 24 (Miller 5). Assists: HAR 6 (Berndt 2, Phipps 2); MHS 4 (Limberg 2). Blocked shots: HAR 5 (Ugofsky 4); MHS 2 (Miller 2). Steals: HAR 2 (Phipps 1, Roth 1); MHS 4 (Factor 2). Total fouls: HAR 19; MHS 23. Turnovers: HAR 13; MHS 4.