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Kernels squander 10-point lead in loss to Washington

SIOUX FALLS--After multiple close calls in recent weeks, the Mitchell High School boys basketball team appeared on its way to a blowout win against Sioux Falls Washington on Tuesday.

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SIOUX FALLS-After multiple close calls in recent weeks, the Mitchell High School boys basketball team appeared on its way to a blowout win against Sioux Falls Washington on Tuesday.

The Kernels led by four points at halftime and extended it to 10 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter, but rather than continue to inflate the advantage, it evaporated in an instant.

The Warriors erased the lead in 1:56 of game time as part of a 17-0 run that Mitchell (1-17) aided with nine turnovers in the third quarter of a 57-47 loss.

"They scored on our turnovers and then we had a chance to stop it by hitting some free throws and we didn't hit any free throws," MHS head coach Todd Neuendorf said. "It's not really a 17-0 run because it's like we said, 'Here's 17 points.' It's not like they made a run and locked us up."

The Mitchell defense was stifling for most of the game, holding Washington (6-11) to 37.5 percent shooting in the first half and 2-for-13 from the 3-point line during the course of the game.

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Yet, 17 Kernel turnovers proved to be the equalizer, as the Warriors converted multiple miscues into layups that sliced the lead to two points at the end of the third quarter. Washington then scored the first nine of the fourth quarter and outscored Mitchell 31-11 in the final 9:56 of the game.

"The only way they could score was in transition and that's what we let them do," Neuendorf said. "I don't remember an outside shot going in. They got their points on layups and stuff to the rim. For me, this is the worst loss we've had this year."

Mitchell had an opportunity to stay in the game and quell the Washington momentum, but it could not convert on free throw attempts in the fourth quarter, finishing 4 of 12 in the second half.

Caden Hinker finished with 22 points and five rebounds, while Carter Jacobsen added 18 points and five boards for the Kernels. Carter Shields led Washington with 22 points.

Mitchell hosts Aberdeen Central in an attempt to get back on track Friday at the Corn Palace.

Sioux Falls Washington 57, Mitchell 47

Mitchell (1-17): Kiel Nelson 1-5 0-3 2, Caden Hinker 8-17 3-7 22, Derek Factor 0-2 0-0 0, Kaden Soukup 2-4 0-0 5, Carter Jacobsen 6-10 6-8 18, Gavyn Degen 0-0 0-0 0, Hunter Stahle 0-0 0-0 0, Ben Helleloid 0-3 0-0 0, Ryley Johansen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-42 9-17 47.

Sioux Falls Washington (6-11): Gabe Person 5-10 0-1 10, Ganin Thompson 0-5 0-0 0, Carter Shields 8-16 4-4 22, Ben Van Bockern 1-5 0-0 2, Jhett Andersen 3-6 5-5 11, Dagen Schramm 0-0 2-2 2, Eli Williams 3-3 0-0 6, Kemmer Schramm 1-1 0-0 2, Manny Tohr 0-0 0-0 0, Kyle Rygg 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Gilbertson 0-0 0-0 0, Cole Hulstein 0-0 0-0 0, Kellen Foltz 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 22-48 11-12 57.

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MHS 14 23 36 47

SFW 12 19 34 57

3-point field goals: MHS 4-12 (Hinker 3-7, Soukup 1-3, Nelson 0-1, Jacobsen 0-1), SFW 2-13 (Shields 2-8, Van Bockern 0-2, Person 0-3). Fouled out: Williams. Rebounds: MHS 27 (Nelson 7), SFW 34 (Thompson 9). Assists: MHS 7 (Factor 3), SFW 6 (Person 4). Turnovers: MHS 17, SFW 13. Total fouls: MHS 17, SFW 21

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