Huron's third-quarter blitz dooms Kernel girls

Mitchell's Adaya Plastow (5) drives past Huron's Heavan Gainey (34) during a game on Saturday at Huron Arena. (Nick Sabato / Republic)

HURON -- Defense had given the Mitchell High School control from the opening tip, but Havyn Heinz only needed one quarter to take it away.

The Kernels held Huron scoreless for the first 6 minutes, 35 seconds of the game and 4-for-21 shooting in the first half to take a 22-16 lead into intermission.

But as Mitchell piled up turnovers in the third quarter, Heinz found her stroke coming out of the locker room and blitzed the Kernels for 14 of her game-high 24 points in the third to propel the Tigers to a 48-41 win on Saturday at Huron Arena.

“I think down the road, we’ll respond much better when it gets tough, but tonight we kind of broke apart,” said Cole Knippling, who made his debut as MHS head coach. “The reason Havyn gets those 14 points is because we broke down in our ball-screen defense and we weren’t getting out to the shooter. Your offense has to help your defense and our offense was turning it over left and right.”

While Heinz could not seem to miss in the third quarter, Mitchell had to navigate through Huron’s full-court trap. When the Kernels were able to do so, they had a propensity to overpass and it resulted 23 turnovers.


Mitchell (0-1) went without a point for the final 3 minutes of the first half and Huron (1-0) was able to outscore them to 18-5 in the third quarter, aided by miss layups and free throws.

“They had good ball pressure, but we were not getting our offense initiated,” Knippling said. “That first pass in, that makes the first cut, that gets the first reversal -- we just were not starting our offense very well. Too careless with our passes. We have to be better next time and we will.”

Mitchell attempted to make a comeback in the fourth quarter, trimming an 11-point lead to six, but fouls cut the rally short. The Kernels were whistled for 24 fouls in the game and had three players foul out.

In the second and fourth quarters, fouls brought the tempo of the game to a crawl and forced Mitchell to play a half-court game.

“The second (Huron) got into the bonus, the tempo of the game changed,” Knippling said. “It became a half-court game and I feel like we’re better in transition. We’re better in the flow of the game, not in the stop, stop, stop half-court game. They start playing a different way because they can’t be as aggressive.”

Macy Kempf led Mitchell with 14 points and four steals, while Adaya Plastow had eight points and seven rebounds.

Mitchell hosts Rapid City Central at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Corn Palace.


Huron 48, Mitchell 41

Mitchell (0-1): Adaya Plastow 3-9 2-6 8, Avia Haley 3-10 0-0 9, Camryn Krogman 1-3 0-0 2, Haley Hohn 2-2 0-2 4, Macy Kempf 4-13 6-10 14, Atlanta Stahle 0-0 0-0 0, Regan Waddell 1-1 0-0 2, Sarah Sebert 1-1 0-0 2, Gia Winger 0-2 0-0 0, Mariyha Turner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-41 8-18 41.

Huron (1-0): Bella Shreeve 3-7 5-7 13, Tenley Buddenhagen 2-8 0-0 4, Havyn Heinz 6-18 8-10 24, Alexis Feenstra 0-2 2-2 2, Brooke Schiltz 0-1 2-2 2, Braylee Thomas 0-0 0-0 0, Lexy Gilbert 0-0 0-0 0, Heavan Gainey 0-2 1-2 1, Brooklyn Boetel 0-1 0-0 0, Libby Rounds 0-0 2-3 2. Totals 11-39 20-26 48.

MIT 12 22 27 41

HUR 8 16 34 48

3-point field goals: MHS 3-8 (Haley 3-7, Plastow 0-1); HUR 6-19 (Heinz 4-7, Shreeve 2-6, Gainey 0-1, Boetel 0-1, Feenstra 0-2). Fouls: MHS 24, HUR 16. Fouled out: Hohn, Krogman, Plastow. Rebounds: MHS 31 (Plastow 7, Krogman 7); HUR 34 (Three with 4). Assists: MHS 2; HUR 2. Steals: MHS 10 (Kempf 4); HUR 11 (Four with 2). Turnovers: MHS 23; HUR 20.

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