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Mitchell falls to Watertown

WATERTOWN -- Mitchell may have struck first on Saturday in an Eastern South Dakota Conference girls basketball game in the Civic Arena, but it was Watertown which delivered the decisive blow en route to a 49-30 victory.

Mitchell's Erin Farnham (11) is bumped by Watertown's Anni Cummings (3) as she brings the ball up the court during an Eastern South Dakota Conference girls basketball game on Saturday in Watertown. (Rich Remmers/Watertown Public Opinion)
Mitchell's Erin Farnham (11) is bumped by Watertown's Anni Cummings (3) as she brings the ball up the court during an Eastern South Dakota Conference girls basketball game on Saturday in Watertown. (Rich Remmers/Watertown Public Opinion)

WATERTOWN - Mitchell may have struck first on Saturday in an Eastern South Dakota Conference girls basketball game in the Civic Arena, but it was Watertown which delivered the decisive blow en route to a 49-30 victory.

The Kernels, who fell to 2-14 overall and 2-10 in the ESD, scored the first basket of the game in the early seconds but it was all Watertown soon after. The Arrows, who improved to 7-10 and 7-7, rattled off 22 straight points to take control and never looked back.

"We just got on our heels again. We didn't handle the pressure Watertown was putting on us very well," said Mitchell coach Wes Morgan. "We have to make better passes and make some plays to stay in the game. We missed a bunch of uncontested shots and we have to make those."

Erin Farnham put the Kernels on the board first within the opening seconds of the game but Mitchell would be held scoreless over the next 12 minutes enabling the Arrows to jump out to a big lead.

Watertown forced a number of Mitchell turnovers during the key stretch and turned those mistakes into some easy transition baskets. The Arrows held a 9-2 lead at the end of the opening quarter and went ahead 21-2 on a 3-pointer by Mateya Walder, who was also fouled on the play. Walder had the leave the game briefly with an injury and Madigan Moore stepped in to sink the foul shot to stretch the lead to 20 points.

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Mitchell broke its scoring drought with four minutes left in the half when Jenna Weich made one of two free throws. The Kernels didn't make their second field goal of the game until the 3:08 mark of the half when freshman Mackenzie Miller sank a shot from the paint. By then, the damage had been done and the Arrows took a 28-7 advantage into the break.

"We knocked down some shots early to kind of extend their zone and that helped. Once they extended their zone, we got the ball down low and were able to finish," said Watertown coach Todd Jutting. "It was just a nice inside-out combination tonight and that's what we need."

Watertown opened the second half with eight straight points - all coming from the paint for foul line. Jackie Tetzlaff buried two field goals and Danielle Gottsleben added one field goal and a pair of free throws to push the Arrow lead to 36-7.

The Arrows dominated the glass against the Kernels and took advantage of several offensive rebounds for second-chance points. Watertown finished the game with 33 rebounds, including 13 offensive boards, compared to just 19 rebounds for Mitchell.

"We knew Mitchell had good length and would attack the glass and I thought we did a good job of rebounding tonight," said Jutting. "We made good decisions with the ball and played pretty well overall."

Watertown held a 38-12 lead after three quarters before Mitchell finally found some offense. The Kernels outscored the Arrows 18-11 in the final eight minutes, which featured several reserves for both teams.

Tetzlaff had another solid game for the Arrows, recording her second straight double-double. She finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Moore added eight points and Walder chipped in with seven. Gottsleben, Anni Cummings and Rayleigh Peterson each had five.

"We were ready to play tonight and we knew we couldn't look past Mitchell," said Tetzlaff. "I was just surrounded with a lot of good teammates tonight. They did a good job of getting the ball down low when they could and we were able to make the shots from there."

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Miller finished with 11 points to lead the Kernels, who were held to 23 percent shooting (seven of 30) from the field. Mitchell did connect on 15 of 18 free-throw attempts in the game. Jordyn Cranny added five points and Farnham chipped in with four points and four rebounds.

"We just need to gain some confidence," said Morgan, whose team has six freshmen on the roster. "We played much better in the fourth quarter but it was too late then."

After losing four straight games, the Arrows have now won two in a row and will look to make it three when they host Sioux Falls Lincoln tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7 p.m. in their final home game of the regular season.

Subvarsity scores

JV: Watertown won 51-37. Kendra Brewster led the Kernels with 10 points.

Sophomore: Watertown won 47-32. Tori Misiaszek had eight points for Mitchell.

Mitchell 2 7 12 30

Watertown 9 28 38 49

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MITCHELL 30

Jordyn Cranny 1-4 2-2 5, Erin Farnham 1-4 2-2 4, Tess Limberg 0-1 0-0 0, Chelsea Brewster 0-1 4-4 4, Brenna Morgan 0-3 0-0 0, Kendra Brewster 1-4 1-2 3, Mackenzie Miller 3-7 5-6 11, Jenna Weich 1-6 1-2 3. Totals 7-30 15-18 30.

WATERTOWN 49

Anni Cummings 1-4 2-2 5, Tatum Hemiller 0-4 1-2 1, Danielle Gottsleben 1-2 3-4 5, Madigan Moore 3-10 1-1 8, Mateya Walder 2-3 2-2 7, Alexa Gloe 1-2 0-2 3, Taylor Terronez 1-2 0-0 2, Jackie Tetzlaff 6-13 0-2 12, Seleste Thorson 0-1 1-2 1, Rayleigh Peterson 1-1 3-6 5. Totals 16-42 13-23 49.

3-point goals - Mitchell 1-5 (Cranny 1-4, Morgan 0-1), Watertown 4-16 (Walder 1-2, Gloe 1-2, Cummings 1-3, Moore 1-6, Gottsleben 0-1, Hemiller 0-2). Total fouls - Mitchell 20, Watertown 17. Fouled out - Mitchell (K. Brewster, Cranny, Limberg). FG Shooting - Mitchell 7-30 (23 percent), Watertown 16-42 (38 percent). Rebounds - Mitchell 19 (Farnham 4), Watertown 33 (Tetzlaff 11). Turnovers - Mitchell 18, Watertown 15.

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