High-powered second quarter sends Kernel girls basketball past Sturgis

The Mitchell girls basketball offense erupted for 22 second-quarter points in a road win over Sturgis on Friday.

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Mitchell's Addie Siemsen sets up for a 3-point shot as Sioux Falls Lincoln's Madison Evans closes out on her during a high school girls basketball game on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
Zech Lambert / Mitchell Republic

STURGIS, S.D. — The Mitchell girls basketball offense erupted for 22 second-quarter points in a 55-30 road win over Sturgis on Friday.

The Kernels held a 9-4 advantage after one and went into halftime with a 31-15 lead. Mitchell outscored the Scoopers in each quarter and only allowed Sturgis into double figures in one quarter. It was the second-fewest points allowed by Mitchell in a game this season, only surpassed by the 27-point defensive effort at Yankton on Jan. 6.

Sawyer Stoebner led Mitchell in scoring, putting up 13 points to go along with 12 rebounds and five assists, while Addie Siemsen chipped in 11 points. In the second quarter, Stoebner racked up eight points, while Siemsen knocked down a pair of 3-pointers.

Carsyn Weich added nine and Delena Henkel tacked on a season-high seven points. All told, 10 different players scored for Mitchell in the win.

Mitchell pulled down 25 rebounds in the win, the same number as Sturgis. The Kernels had 10 offensive rebounds to the Scoopers' 11. The Kernels also came up with 11 steals, led by three from Weich and Lauren Van Overschelde.


For Sturgis (1-11), Keeley Heikes and Tori Williams each had five points to lead the team.

The win moved Mitchell to 7-6 on the season, and the Kernels will take on Spearfish on Saturday, Feb. 4, on the road.

Zech Lambert is a sports reporter for the Mitchell Republic. He graduated from Penn State University in May 2022 and began at the Mitchell Republic in July 2022. He can be reached at or on Twitter @Zech_Lambert.
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