Mitchell girls basketball falls on road to No. 3-ranked Pierre despite hot start

Mitchell jumped out to a 11-5 advantage early off the strength of three 3-pointers from Addie Siemsen, but Class AA No. 3-ranked Pierre charged back and downed the Kernels.

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Mitchell's Addie Siemsen makes a pass after driving into the lane against Watertown during a high school girls basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2023, at the Corn Palace.
Zech Lambert / Mitchell Republic

PIERRE, S.D. — An early explosion wasn’t enough for the Mitchell girls basketball team.

Mitchell jumped out to a 11-5 advantage early, off the strength of three 3-pointers from Addie Siemsen, but Class AA No. 3-ranked Pierre charged back and downed the Kernels 64-48 in an Eastern South Dakota Conference contest.

A late run in the first quarter was capped off by a 3-pointer by Remington Price at the buzzer and knotted things up at 13 after eight minutes. The Governors went on an 11-0 run in the early part second quarter, which was part of a larger 19-4 run, and never gave the lead back.

Mitchell got within single digits multiple times, including in the fourth quarter, but four 3-points in the final frame helped the Governors put the Kernels away.

Three different players scored in double figures for Mitchell, led by a season-high 17 points from Allison Meyerink off the bench on 7-for-12 shooting to go along with nine rebounds. Siemsen chipped in 12 points, all of which came in the first half, and Sawyer Stoebner picked up a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds. Stoebner scored all 10 points in the second half and had eight of them in the fourth quarter.


For Pierre, Price poured in a season-high 25 points. Mitchell committed 26 turnovers in the loss and shot 17-for-47 (36.2%) from the field, while going 5-for-16 (31.2%) from 3-point range. Siemsen accounted for four of the 3-pointers, while Carsyn Weich knocked down the other for her three points.

The Kernels assisted on 14 of their 17 made baskets, with Stoebner and Weich each posting a team-high four assists. Meyerink had a team-best four steals, as the Kernels notched 12 on the night.

Mitchell dropped its fourth-straight game in the defeat and fell to 8-10 on the season with two games to go. The Kernels travel to Brandon Valley on Tuesday, Feb. 21, before closing out the regular season at home against Sioux Falls O’Gorman on Friday, Feb. 24 at home.

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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