SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell High School went toe-to-toe with Sioux Falls Lincoln, fighting back each time the Patriots gained an advantage. But after two overtimes, the Kernels ran out of answers.

A seven-point halftime lead vanished for the Kernels in the third quarter, but they were able stay within striking distance and held a two-point lead with 10 seconds left in regulation. But Lincoln’s Kesean Ladd would tie the game with 6 seconds left and it was Mitchell’s turn to play catch-up in overtime.

Zane Alm connected on a pair of free throws with 11.4 seconds left in the first overtime to tie the game and Macon Larson hit a 3-pointer with a little more than a minute to play in the second overtime to cut the Patriot lead to three, but Sam Fawcett’s swooping layup was the final dagger in an 81-74 loss.

“This is kind of how we’re supposed to play and what we expect from some of our guys,” MHS head coach Todd Neuendorf said. “... The kids did everything they were supposed to to win, (Lincoln) just made plays, too.”

Mitchell (0-7) outplayed Lincoln for most of the first half, taking a 37-30 lead on 50 percent shooting, while holding the Patriots to 38.5 percent from the field.

Most of the damage in the first half was done by Carter Jacobsen, who scored 18 of his career-high 25 points in the first 16 minutes, sparking a 25-point second quarter.

“We got after (Jacobsen), we rang the bell and he answered it,” Neuendorf said. “That’s what we expect every night from him. He was a man tonight. He played all 40 minutes, he was huge on the boards, he made some big shots and played well defensively. I thought he was really good.”

Ben Helleloid made a layup and added a free throw to give Mitchell the lead in the fourth quarter, but after Ladd’s tying layup for Lincoln (4-3), the Kernels had 5.5 seconds to travel the length of the court. Helleloid pushed the ball and found an open Larson in the corner, but he was unable to connect at the buzzer.

“Ben had an option to take it all the way to the rack, if someone helped he had an option to kick to Hinker or Macon,” Neuendorf said. “He made the right decision, Macon got a good look and I’d live with that play all day.”

The Patriots outscored the Kernels 13-6 in the second overtime period, resulting in Mitchell’s fourth loss by seven points or fewer.

Caden Hinker had 17 points and eight rebounds, while Alm had 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for the Kernels.

Maxwell Burchill led Lincoln with 22 points, while Fawcett had 16, Ladd had 14 and Mitch Eichacker added 10.

Mitchell returns to action against Pierre at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Corn Palace.



Sioux Falls Lincoln 81, Mitchell 74

Mitchell (0-7): Lucas Moller 0-0 0-0 0, Caden Hinker 7-19 2-2 17, Ben Helleloid 2-6 4-6 8, Carter Jacobsen 7-14 11-13 25, Zane Alm 3-4 6-10 12, Gavyn Degen 1-5 0-0 3, Macon Larson 3-5 0-0 9, Ryley Johansen 0-0 0-0 0, Jonah Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-53 23-31 74.

Sioux Falls Lincoln (4-3): Hunter Merkley 2-8 1-6 6, Maxwell Burchill 7-12 4-5 22, Sam Fawcett 6-13 4-6 16, Kesean Ladd 6-11 2-4 14, Mitch Eichacker 4-9 2-3 10, Elliott Hackett 2-5 4-4 8, Easton Plourde 1-1 0-0 3, Dewaun Nesheim 0-0 0-0 0, Caleb Hiatt 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-61 17-28 81.

MHS 12 37 51 64 68 74

SFL 15 30 53 64 68 81

3-point field goals: MHS 5-19 (Larson 3-4, Degen 1-5, Hinker 1-5, Jacobsen 0-2, Helleloid 0-3), SFL 6-16 (Burchill 4-6, Plourde 1-1, Merkley 1-3, Fawcett 0-3, Ladd 0-3). Fouled out: Hinker, Schmidt, Burchill. Rebounds: MHS 34 (Alm 8, Hinker 8), SFL 39 (Eichacker 7). Assists: MHS 14 (Helleloid 5), SFL 15 (Ladd 5). Steals: MHS 6 (Jacobsen 3), SFL 8 (Three players with 2). Blocked shots: MHS 5 (Alm 3), SFL 4 (Fawcett 2). Total fouls: MHS 19, SFL 21. Turnovers: MHS 12, SFL 11.