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Mitchell girls hope to fix free throw woes

Eleven games into the 2015-16 season, improving on free throws remain a point of emphasis for the Mitchell girls basketball team. The Kernels have made 92 of 197 free throws on the season for 47 percent. "You just don't know what's going to happe...

Eleven games into the 2015-16 season, improving on free throws remain a point of emphasis for the Mitchell girls basketball team.

The Kernels have made 92 of 197 free throws on the season for 47 percent.

"You just don't know what's going to happen there," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said after a 52-25 loss to Brandon Valley on Thursday in Mitchell. "We'll get in a good foul situation and you'll think that's a good thing, but we are having a hard time making free throws. We're working on them. Those are the things we have to get better at. We have to get better this year, next year and going down the road. You have to have confidence going to the free throw line."

Freshman guard Tess Limberg and junior forward Kendra Brewster lead the Kernels in free throw percentage (of at least 10 free throws attempted or more), shooting 52 percent each.

Limberg has made 27 of 52 free throws on the season, while Brewster has converted 12 of 23 free throws.

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With up to five freshmen seeing time in the Kernels' rotation per game, Morgan said the low percentage at the line could be because of growing pains.

"I think it's a confidence issue," he said. "It's a combination of that and youth and all that other stuff. We just have to have some success with this group, and hopefully sooner rather than later. Once we catch fire, I think we'll be okay, but when is it going to turn around? Will it be this year or next year?"

Turnovers have also plagued the Kernels, as Mitchell has given the ball away 214 times this year, good for 19.5 turnovers per game.

"We're working at that too," Morgan said. "We're getting a lot of pressure and we handle it well at times, but then at times we get frustrated with it. You can't be in a hurry, you have to attack it."

Mitchell (2-9) takes on Huron on Tuesday in Huron.

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