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Mitchell girls down Roosevelt for fourth home win

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Mitchell's Taylor Giblin (11) puts up a shot against Sioux Falls Roosevelt's Tatum Kooima on Tuesday at the Corn Palace. (Ryan Deal / Republic)

Mitchell’s home success continued on Tuesday.

In what Kernel girls coach Cole Knippling described as the team’s “best game,” Mitchell upset Class AA No. 5 Sioux Falls Roosevelt, 59-52, for its fourth win at the Corn Palace. It also marks its first back-to-back wins of the year, with both coming in back-and-forth games.

“Huge win, in terms of seed points and keep moving ourselves up the charts,” Knippling said. “This is going to be a big win because they’re a really good team. This is the best team we’ve beat all year. … This was our best game.”

Halfway through his first season at the helm, along with a new core, Knippling feels the Kernels are finding themselves on both ends. It showed for the second straight game, as similar to Friday’s win over Watertown, the Kernels (5-6) weathered an early storm and made just enough plays down the stretch.

“Hopefully we’re starting to find our identity on both ends of the floor,” Knippling said. “Hopefully we’re starting to play like we know we could. … (We knew) this halfway mark, we’d get rid of some of that newness and start to execute.”

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This time, they had to survive Roosevelt (5-6) shooting 7-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half, as well as foul trouble from the start.

Down the stretch, Adaya Plastow’s offensive rebound with 1 minute, 23 seconds to play led to an Avia Haley 3-pointer to give Mitchell a 52-49 lead.

Despite a few turnovers and Roosevelt grabbing offensive rebounds, the Kernels never trailed again. Haley, who finished with 14 points, made six free throws and Roosevelt’s 1-for-12 second-half 3-point shooting showed.

“This was huge for us,” said Macy Kempf, who scored a game-high 19 points. “We just came off a win in Watertown, and I thought we played pretty well. But this game we stepped up.”

Mitchell’s starters scored 55 of its 59 points, but foul trouble forced its bench to step up. Four of its starters ended the first half with two fouls, while Haley Hohn, who had eight points and six boards, and Camryn Krogman played most of the second half with at least three. All of Mitchell’s starters had at least three fouls by the end, as it was whistled 22 times for a foul.

Knippling went to Gia Winger and Taylor Giblin, who each played 14 minutes. Giblin had extra motivation playing her first-cousin Hattie Giblin, as Taylor made a 3, multiple hustle plays and deflections during the final five minutes of the first half.

“Even if I don’t get the ball or look to shoot, it’s sometimes what can I get my teammates,” Giblin said. “Get my teammates a good look.”

Mitchell trailed 32-30 at halftime after Kaela Martinez, who had 12 points, drained Roosevelt’s seventh 3 to end the half. Tatum Kooima hit three first-quarter 3s, finishing with 15 points.

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“We said, ‘They’re not going to shoot that great the whole game,’ ” Knippling said. “... I said we just need to be ready to rebound when they start missing.”

Mitchell won the rebounding battle, 29-23. Plastow grabbed a team-high seven boards to go with nine points. After creating open looks in the paint in the first half with crisp passing, Mitchell’s ball movement became stagnant after the break, though. For the first seven minutes of the second half, there were 10 points scored combined.

But for the second straight game, Mitchell shook off a rough patch and it didn’t let it snowball.

“I just thought we played our butts off,” Kempf said. “We hustled to every ball, got rebounds, made big plays (and) made deflections.”

Mitchell travels to Brookings on Friday.

Mitchell 59, Sioux Falls Roosevelt 52

Sioux Falls Roosevelt (5-6): Myah Roggenbuck 1-1 2-5 5, Hattie Giblin 0-5 2-2 2, Tatum Kooima 5-11 2-2 15, Macey Nielson 3-9 3-4 9, Shayla Tuschen 0-1 0-1 0. D’Andrea Ratliff 0-0 0-0 0, Elizabeth Denevan 1-3 1-2 3, Taliyah Hayes 1-4 4-4 6, Kaela Martinez 4-6 0-0 12, Haley Merrow 0-1 0-0 0. Team totals: 15-41 14-21 52.

Mitchell (5-6): Adaya Plastow 3-6 3-4 9, Avia Haley 2-5 9-9 14, Camryn Krogman 2-3 1-2 5, Haley Hohn 4-5 0-0 8, Macy Kempf 7-13 4-5 19, Atlanta Stahle 0-0 0-0 0, Taylor Giblin 1-2 0-0 3, Sarah Sebert 0-2 0-0 0, Gia Winger 0-1 1-2 1. Team totals: 19-37 18-22 59.

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SFR 13 32 40 52

MHS 16 30 41 59

3-pointer: SFR 8-22 (Martinez 4-5, Kooima 3-8, Roggenbuck 1-1, Giblin 0-2. Hayes 0-2); MHS 3-9 (Haley 1-4, Kempf 1-1, Giblin 1-2, Plastow 0-1, Krogman 0-1). Rebounds: SFR 23 (Giblin 4, Nielson 4); MHS 29 (Plastow 7, Hohn 6). Assists: SFR 4 (Giblin 4); MHS 9 (Plastow 4). Blocked shots: SFR 0; MHS 1. Steals: SFR 4; MHS 6 (Haley 2, Kempf 2). Turnovers: SFR 12; MHS 16. Total fouls: SFR 20; MHS 22.

Sub-varsity scores

JV: Roosevelt, 48-25; Sophomore: Roosevelt, 63-55; Freshman: Mitchell, 42-34.

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