SIOUX FALLS -- Mitchell High School never let Sioux Falls Lincoln find a rhythm.

The Class AA No. 5 Kernel girls hounded Lincoln to force 16 turnovers, setting up easy transition buckets to help them pull away for a 51-31 road win on Tuesday. It’s the fourth straight win for the Kernels.

“Anytime you go on the road and kind of control the game, that’s nice,” Mitchell coach Cole Knippling said. “You’re nervous anytime you go to an opposing gym and it’s a different environment, different feel, but I thought our girls responded really well. I thought they came out and set the tone.”

Mitchell (7-2) never trailed, scoring the game’s first eight points. It held the Patriots (2-5) to single-digits in all four quarters, including a five-point second quarter. Lincoln shot 25 percent from the field, allowing the Kernels to take a 23-14 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the break, Mitchell controlled the tempo. It used deflections to get into transition and start the second half on a 9-2 run. The Kernels led 40-23 at the end of the third quarter, in part due to Camryn Krogman scoring six of her 12 points in the frame.

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It was also due to Mitchell forcing 16 turnovers in the win. Macy Kempf and Sawyer Stoebner each had three steals, while Lizzie Tyler, Taylor Giblin and Krogman each added a pair of steals. The Kernels had 13 steals as a team.

“They have really good size, so we didn’t want it to be a half-court game and let them pound it,” Knippling said. “We felt we had the advantage in the full court if we got up and pressured them, and made their guards work and get some deflections on the perimeter.”

The faster tempo saw Sawyer Stoebner open at the rim, as the freshman scored a team-high 15 points to go with six rebounds. Macy Kempf also drew plenty of fouls to finish 7 of 8 at the free-throw line for 13 points and seven rebounds. Mitchell’s starters combined to score 46 of its 51 points.

Meanwhile, Lincoln’s Jaydyn Fiske scored seven points and grabbed five rebounds, while Alaina Sorensen added six points off the bench.

Mitchell hosts Watertown at 6 p.m. Friday at the Corn Palace.

“(Watertown) really tries to play a slow tempo game,” Knippling said. “... They have a good post player that’s really strong inside. Has a lot of strength, so Macy will have to do a good job of guarding her without fouling. Hopefully we can get after their guards. Kind of similar to tonight.”

Mitchell 51, Sioux Falls Lincoln 31

Mitchell (7-2): Adaya Plastow 0-1 0-0 0, Avia Haley 2-8 0-0 6, Camryn Krogman 5-11 1-2 12, Sawyer Stoebner 7-8 1-2 15, Macy Kempf 3-5 7-8 13, Lizzie Tyler 1-3 0-1 2, Taylor Giblin 1-2 0-0 3, Ella Flippin 0-0 0-0 0, Aliyah Howard 0-1 0-0 0, Sarah Sebert 0-2 0-0 0, Kaitlyn Christensen 0-0 0-0 0, Gabby Sonne 0-2 0-0 0, Mariyah Turner 0-1 0-0 0. Team totals: 19-44 9-13 51.

Sioux Falls Lincoln (2-5): Ady Sand 1-6 0-0 3, Addie Fawcett 1-4 1-2 4, Kaia Jensen 0-7 0-0 0, Mariah Siem 1-8 1-2 3, Jaydyn Fiske 1-3 5-8 7, Alaina Sorensen 2-3 0-0 6, Madison Evans 0-1 0-0 0, Charity Lemier 0-2 0-0 0, Malorie Nelson 2-2 0-0 4, Chloe Kirschten 0-0 0-0 0, Alicen Honner 2-4 0-0 4, Nancy Peter 0-0 0-0 0, Sarah Zino 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 18-40 7-12 31.

MHS 15 23 40 51

SFL 9 14 23 31

3-pointers: MHS 4-13 (Haley 2-8, Krohman 1-3, Giblin 1-1, Plastow 0-1); SFL 4-17 (Sorensen 2-2, Sand 1-4, Fawcett 1-2, Jensen 0-5, Siem 0-2, Evans 0-1, Lemier 0-1). Rebounds: MHS 30 (Kempf 7, Stoebner 6); SFL 27 (Fiske 5). Assists: MHS 10 (Kempf 3); SFL 3. Blocked shots: MHS 1; SFL 0. Steals: MHS 10 (Tyler 3, Krogman 3, Giblin 3); SFL 10 (Sand 3, Fawcett 3, Siem 3). Turnovers: MHS 15; SFL 16. Total fouls: MHS 15; SFL 13.