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Big fourth quarter sends KWL past Mitchell Christian boys

In a back-and-forth game, a 21-point fourth quarter sent Kimball/White Lake past the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team, 55-46, on Thursday. After opening the game with a 12-9 lead after the first quarter, the Golden Eagles fell behind 22-18...

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In a back-and-forth game, a 21-point fourth quarter sent Kimball/White Lake past the Mitchell Christian boys basketball team, 55-46, on Thursday.

After opening the game with a 12-9 lead after the first quarter, the Golden Eagles fell behind 22-18 at halftime. However, a stout defense, which put an emphasis on limiting KWL's points in the paint, helped them slow down the WiLdKats as it retook a lead in the third.

Mitchell Christian coach Jesse Tolsma said his team got complacent, though, leading to easy baskets for KWL (3-0). Still, he was happy with his team's defensive performance.

"Our defense stayed pretty consistent, which allowed us to stay around," Tolsma said. "... We quite couldn't get over the hump. It's just working on finishing and getting to a full 32-minute game."

KWL tried to limit Alec Nelson, who finished with a team-high 15 points to go along with six rebounds, but Max Reynen and Ty Vander Pol both stepped up. Vander Pol scored 10 and grabbed a team-best eight boards. Reynen added six points, as well.

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"Ty Vander Pol played really big for us in the post," Tolsma said. "They worked on taking Alec away in the third quarter when he got hot, and Ty stepped up really big. We were able to ride him down in the post to take that lead."

As a team, the Golden Eagles shot 37.8 percent from the field and connected on 14 of 20 from the charity stripe.

Kordel Kiehn scored a team-high 15 points, including eight in the fourth for KWL. Justin Becker (13) and Javen Holan (11) both reached double-figures, too.

The Golden Eagles (0-2) host Wessington Springs at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Kimball/White Lake 55, Mitchell Christian 46

Kimball/White Lake (3-0): Kordel Kiehn 7 1-2 15, Justin Becker 5 3-6 13, Javen Holan 3 4-8 11, Carter Fredericksen 3 3-5 9, Bennett Namanny 2 1-3 7.

Mitchell Christian (0-2): Alec Nelson 5 5-9 15, Joey Feiner 3 3-3 11, Ty Vander Pol 2 6-7 10, Max Reynen 2 0-0 6, Luke Knutson 2 0-1 4, Braeden Nydham 0 0-0 0.

KWL 9 22 34 55

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