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Kernels rolled by Rapid City Central

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Mitchell's Carter Jacobsen (24) drives to the basket during a game against Rapid City Central on Friday in Rapid City. (Kent Bush / Rapid City Journal)

RAPID CITY -- Trips west have always made coach Todd Neuendorf nervous and outings like Mitchell High School’s performance against Rapid City Central on Friday are the reason.

Before the Kernels could blink, the Cobblers led 15-1 in the first quarter and 36-14 at halftime. They were able to find some scoring in the second half, but the damage had been done as Rapid City Central rolled to a 68-51 win over Mitchell.

“It was an overall awful performance by us,” Neuendorf said. “There wasn’t a thing we did well. We weren’t ready to go and that’s on me. I don’t know what the situation is, but I’ll take the blame for it.”

The Cobblers had little difficulty getting into the paint and scoring with ease, shooting 55 percent for the game. The Kernels, however, shot 36.5 percent, including 4-for-21 from beyond the 3-point line and 9 of 17 from the free-throw line.

Most of Rapid City Central’s damage came from 6-foot-2 guard Micah Swallow, who scored 18 points -- on 7 of 12 shooting -- and grabbed 10 rebounds. Meanwhile 6-foot-6 Kohl Meisman added 15 points on 3 of 5 shooting from 3-point range.

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“They made a point to not let us get the ball inside and we were shooting fadeaways and jump hooks from the free-throw line,” Neuendorf said. “We couldn’t make a perimeter shot. If you move it out of the post, then you’ve got to be able to make shots from the perimeter and we couldn’t do that.”

Carter Jacobsen scored nine of Mitchell’s 14 points in the first half and finished with 11 for the game, while Caden Hinker was able to find his touch in the second half for a team-high 17 points and six rebounds.

While the Kernels outscored Rapid City Central in the second half, 37-32, they still struggled to contain the Cobblers defensively. Mitchell (0-2) trimmed the lead to 19 at the end of the third quarter, but Rapid City Central (2-2) quickly widened its lead once again.

“They were quicker than us and it doesn’t help when we don’t do our part,” Neuendorf said. “We talked about this trip all week and making sure we got off the bus right away and we did not. It’s not the same team that played in Huron.”

Mitchell returns to action against Rapid City Stevens at 2:30 p.m. today.

Rapid City Central 68, Mitchell 51

Mitchell (0-2): Kaden Geppert 0-0 0-0 0, Gavyn Degen 0-4 0-0 0, Macon Larson 2-4 2-2 8, Lucas Moller 0-1 2-2 2, Caden Hinker 7-18 2-4 17, Ben Helleloid 2-7 0-1 4, Carter Jacobsen 5-11 1-2 11, Ryley Johansen 1-1 0-0 2, Jonah Schmidt 2-2 0-0 5, Zane Alm 0-4 2-4 2. Totals 19-52 9-17 51.

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Rapid City Central (2-2): Kohl Meisman 6-10 0-0 15, Julian Swallow 3-8 2-2 9, Micah Swallow 7-12 3-4 18, Jace Oldham 0-1 0-0 0, Jeremy Weidmann 0-0 0-1 0, Robbie Weber 2-3 0-0 5, Taegen Wells 0-1 0-0 0, Trey Brandhagen 1-2 0-0 2, Jayden Oates 0-1 0-0 0, Erik Keohane 5-7 1-2 11, Trent Foli 3-4 2-4 8. Totals 27-49 8-13 68.

MHS 5 14 30 51

RCC 17 36 49 68

3-point field goals: MHS 4-21 (Larson 2-4, Schmidt 1-1, Hinker 1-6, Moller 0-1, Jacobsen 0-1, Helleloid 0-4); RCC 6-13 (Meisman 3-5, Weber 1-1, J.Swallow 1-2, M.Swallow 1-3, Brandhagen 0-1, Oates 0-1). Rebounds: MHS 32 (Alm 7); RCC 28 (M.Swallow 10). Assists: MHS 4 (Helleloid 2); RCC 8 (J.Swallow 5). Steals: MHS 2 (Helleloid 1, Johansen 1); RCC 3 (J.Swallow 2). Total fouls: MHS 15, RCC 17. Turnovers: MHS 12, RCC 10.

Sub-varsity scores: Charlie McCardle scored 17 points and Steele Morgan had 12 as the Mitchell freshman ‘A’ team beat Rapid City Central, 50-39. The Kernel freshman ‘B’ team beat Rapid City Central, 48-43.

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