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Defense leads MCS girls to win over Dakota Christian

Mitchell Christian girls' basketball coach Jackie Van Laecken said her team had an off night shooting. But that didn't matter because the Golden Eagles defense was up to the task. MCS recorded 10 steals and forced 21 turnovers en route to defeati...

Mitchell Christian girls’ basketball coach Jackie Van Laecken said her team had an off night shooting.

But that didn’t matter because the Golden Eagles defense was up to the task.

MCS recorded 10 steals and forced 21 turnovers en route to defeating Dakota Christian 40-26 Tuesday at Mitchell Christian School.

“Our shots weren’t falling at all,” Van Laecken said. “It was a low point output for us, but a win is a win and we are just happy to win again.”

The Golden Eagles (9-1) were led by Cassidy Graham, who scored a game-high 12 points. Ashley Schmit chipped in with seven points and eight rebounds, while Abbie Reynen added 10 points and four rebounds.

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Alexa Van Laecken scored six points, dished out nine assists and had five steals in the win.

Dakota Christian (6-4) was led by Abbi Baan Hofman, Ahna Vander Pol and Kennedy Muckey.

All three players scored seven points and Baan Hofman grabbed nine rebounds.

Lydia Hansum also recorded four steals for the Cadets.

MCS hosts Corisca/Stickney Monday at Mitchell Christian School, while the Cadets host Freeman Academy today in New Holland.

Mitchell Christian 40
Dakota Christian 26

MCS (9-1)
Alexa Van Laecken 2 2-6 6; Abbie Reynen 4 2-2 10; Cassidy Graham 6 0-0 12; Ashley Schmit 3 1-2 7; Emily Reynen 1 0-0 2; Lindsey Thompson 1 1-2 3; Kelsey Thompson 0 0-0 0; Destiny Remnitz 0 0-0 0; Taylor Lepke 0 0-0 0; Calie Vander Pol 0 0-0 0; Alyson Vander Pol 0 0-0 0.

DC (6-4)
Abbi Baan Hofman 2 3-4 7; Shayla Vander Pol 0 0-0 0; Ahna Vander Pol 3 0-3 7; Kennedy Muckey 3 1-2 7; Ashley Hansum 0 0-0 0; Lydia Hansum 1 0-0 2; Megan Mudder 1 0-0 2; Brooklyn Brouwer 0 1-5 1; Sidney Muckey 0 0-0 0; Erica Veenstra 0 0-0 0.
MCS 16 24 30 40
DC 10 17 19 26

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3-point goals: MCS none, DC 1 (A. Vander Pol); Rebounds: MCS 30 (Schmit 8), DC 28 (Baan Hofman 9); Assists: MCS 13 (Van Laecken 9), DC 5; Steals: MCS 10 (Van Laecken 5), DC 9 (Hansum 4); Turnovers: MCS 9, DC 21; Team fouls: MCS 17, DC 13; Technical fouls: None.

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