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Missed free throws loom large in MHS loss to Watertown

Missed free throws cost the Mitchell High School girls basketball team on Friday. The Kernels were 13-of-26 for 50 percent from the charity stripe in a 49-39 defeat against Watertown at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. "You have to make free throws,"...

Mitchell's Erin Farnham (11) drives to the basket for a layup at a girls high school basketball game on Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Mitchell's Erin Farnham (11) drives to the basket for a layup at a girls high school basketball game on Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

Missed free throws cost the Mitchell High School girls basketball team on Friday.

The Kernels were 13-of-26 for 50 percent from the charity stripe in a 49-39 defeat against Watertown at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.

"You have to make free throws," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said. "We missed 13 free throws, and we lose by 10. That's a heartbreaker. We work on them, and we're going to have to keep working on them."

A night after falling to Huron 62-36, the Kernels got off to a slow start against Watertown, trailing 25-15 at halftime. The Kernels shot 40 percent in the first half but were a dismal 2-of-8 at the free throw stripe in the first half.

Mitchell reduced the deficit down to eight points with 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Arrows did enough in the closing minutes to secure the victory.

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"They gave us some problems with their halfcourt trap a little bit, but we were able to hit some shots down the stretch," Watertown head coach Todd Jutting said. "I don't think we defended very well, but they're were a little more aggressive than we were. It was one of those games where I felt it was a free throw shooting contest because there were a lot of fouls being called."

Mitchell was 12-of-33 from the field for 36 percent, while Watertown was 18-of-43 from the floor for 41 percent. The Kernels were outrebounded 31-21.

Danielle Gottsleben paced the Arrows with a 6 of 8 shooting performance for 15 points, also pulling down five rebounds.

Mitchell was led by freshman Mackenzie Miller, who was 3-of-4 from the floor for nine points. Tess Limberg and Jordyn Cranny added eight points apiece in the loss.

"It was a good battle, but we just couldn't get the ball to go in the bucket in the first half," Morgan said. "Our defense kept us in the game. We got caught a couple times, sure, but we just have to find a way to make baskets. We found ourselves in a 10-point hole early, and we couldn't get out of it the rest of the game."

Mitchell (1-5) is back in action against Brookings on Tuesday in Brookings, while Watertown (3-4) faces Harrisburg on Tuesday in Watertown.

"We have to start figuring out how to play within ourselves," Morgan said. "We're attacking the basket nicely, and we have to find our kids on the perimeter. I think we got better today, and we competed. It's a process, and there's going to be some growing pains."

Subvarsity

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JV: Watertown won 42-29.

WHS 13 25 36 49

MHS 8 15 24 39

Watertown (3-4)

Tatum Hemiller 2-6 2-4 7 Danielle Gottsleben 6-8 3-4 15 Madigan Moore 0-2 0-0 0 Mateya Waldner 3-4 1-3 8 Jackie Tetzlaff 3-7 1-2 7 Theresa Signo 1-11 1-2 3 Alexa Gloe 2-3 0-0 5 Taylor Terronez 0-1 2-2 2 Kallie Jurgens 1-1 0-0 2 TOTALS 18-43 10-17 49

Mitchell (1-5)

Kaelyn Kaul 0-1 0-0 0 Erin Farnham 2-6 2-8 6 Brenna Morgan 0-2 0-0 0 Mackenzie Miller 3-4 3-4 9 Jenna Weich 1-3 2-4 4 Tess Limberg 2-3 4-8 8 Chelsea Brewster 0-3 2-2 2 Kendra Brewster 1-2 0-0 2 TOTALS 12-33 13-26 39

3-point goals: WHS 3-11 (Hemiller 1, Walder 1, Gloe 1), MHS 2-7 (Cranny 2); Rebounds: WHS 31 (Gottsleben 5, Signo 5), MHS 21 (Farnham 6); Assists: WHS 3 (Moore 1, Walder 1, Gloe 1), MHS 4 (Farnham 3); Turnovers: WHS 11, MHS 14; Total fouls: WHS 20, MHS 18

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Mitchell's Mackenzie Miller, right, grabs a rebound and prepares to convert a put back basket at a girls high school basketball game on Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)
Mitchell's Mackenzie Miller, right, grabs a rebound and prepares to convert a put back basket at a girls high school basketball game on Friday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Garrick Hodge/Republic)

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