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Offensive woes continue for Kernel girls in loss to Raiders

The Mitchell High School girls basketball team's offensive struggles continued on Saturday. Mitchell never scored more than seven points in a quarter as the Kernels fell to Rapid City Stevens 51-23 at the Corn Palace. "We need to make free throws...

Mitchell's Tess Limberg, right, drives to the basket as Rapid City Stevens' Kaitlyn King, left, tries to defend her during a high school girls basketball game on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)
Mitchell's Tess Limberg, right, drives to the basket as Rapid City Stevens' Kaitlyn King, left, tries to defend her during a high school girls basketball game on Saturday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. (Eric Mayer/Republic)

The Mitchell High School girls basketball team's offensive struggles continued on Saturday.

Mitchell never scored more than seven points in a quarter as the Kernels fell to Rapid City Stevens 51-23 at the Corn Palace.

"We need to make free throws and we need to make layups and we didn't," Mitchell head coach Wes Morgan said after the game. "We need to find some energy and find some kids that will shoot the ball with some confidence."

Mitchell (1-2) made 8 of 36 field goals for 22 percent shooting and the Kernels struggled at the free throw line for second consecutive game, making only 6-of-21 free throws in the loss. On Friday, Mitchell was 5-of-18 from the charity stripe against Rapid City Central.

"That's something we can work on in the gym and we'll fix it," Morgan said about the Kernels free throw shooting woes.

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The Raiders (2-2) went 16-of-44 from the field for 36 percent, 6-of-12 from behind the arc for 50 percent and 13-of-22 on free throws for 59 percent shooting in the win.

"We had to help each other and rotate on ball screens and I thought we were prepared for that," Rapid City Stevens head coach Dallas Richter said. "The girls are starting buy into the system and our hard work is paying off."

Stevens took an early lead and closed the first quarter with half court shot at the buzzer by Hanna VanDerWerff to put the Raiders up 12-6. The Kernels hung with the Raiders in the first half, never trailing by more than nine points.

The second half was a different story.

Rapid City Stevens outscored the Kernels 29-10 in the second half to put the game away.

"We had to make a few adjustments offensively and we picked up the pace (in the second half)," Richter said. "We put the pressure on them."

VanDerWerff finished with a game-high 15 points, while Makinzie Maiden added seven points and eight rebounds in the win. The Raiders won the rebound battle 41-24.

Tess Limberg, Jenna Weich and Mackenzie Miller each finished with four points to lead the Kernels. Weich and Kendra Brewster each added seven rebounds in the loss.

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"We have to make some shots to get into our press, because I thought we bothered them with the press," Morgan said. "If you can't score, you can't press and that makes it tough."

Mitchell will enjoy a 13-day break before its next game against Brandon Valley on Jan. 2 in Brandon. Morgan said the team will use the break to focus on improvement.

"We'll have to figure some things out we have two weeks to do it," he said.

Subvarsity

JV: Rapid City Stevens won 51-31. Jordyn Cranny led Mitchell with 14 points.

Sophomore: Rapid City Stevens won 46-30. Brittany Robinson led the Kernels with 13 points.

RCS 12 22 40 51

MHS 6 13 18 23

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Rapid City Stevens (2-2)

Kaitlyn King 3-8 1-2 9 Haley Molstad 1-1 2-4 4 Julia Haefs 3-5 0-0 6 Hanna VanDerWerff 5-11 2-2 15 Tianna Duda 0-2 2-4 2 Natalee Hafer 0-1 0-0 0 Falon McNabb 0-1 0-0 0 Makinzie Maiden 1-2 1-2 4 Mya Hendry 2-4 3-6 7 Ally Riddle 0-0 0-0 0 Sydney Smith 0-0 0-0 0 Aly Hammon 0-2 0-0 0 Callie Henrich 1-3 0-0 2 Christina Delzer 0-3 2-2 2 TOTALS 16-44 13-22 51.

Mitchell (1-2)

Kaelyn Kaul 0-0 0-0 0 Erin Farnham 1-8 1-6 3 Brenna Morgan 0-1 0-0 Jenna Weich 2-6 0-0 4 Tess Limberg 1-7 2-7 4 Jordyn Cranny 1-5 1-3 3 Jayci Hinker 0-2 0-0 0 Mandy Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0 Chelsea Brewster 0-0 0-0 0 Kendra Brewster 1-4 3-4 5 Mackenzie Miller 2-3 0-2 TOTALS 8-36 6-21 23.

3-point goals: RCS 6-12 (VanDerWerff 3, King 2, Maiden), MHS 1-4 (Cranny); Rebounds: RCS 41 (Maiden 8), MHS 24 (Weich 7); Turnovers: RCS 20, MHS 17; Personal fouls: RCS 17, MHS 17

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