Mitchell girls hold off Pierre to earn second win of the season

The Kernels scored 17 points in the second quarter and withstood a 21-7 run by Pierre in the third quarter to pull out the victory.

Mitchell's Lauren Van Overschelde and Pierre's Remington Price (1) tie up for a jump ball during a game on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
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MITCHELL – The Mitchell High School girls basketball team made just enough plays down the stretch to secure its second win of the season on Friday evening.

After withstanding a 21-7 third quarter run by Pierre, Mitchell was able to hold off the Governors for a 45-41 win at the Corn Palace.

The Kernels (2-6) rallied together as a team with the absence of starting guard Aliyah Howard due to COVID-19 protocols. Freshman Lauren Van Overschelde stepped into the lineup for Howard and scored 10 points. Three other players for Mitchell had at least eight points in the win.

“We were really proud of the entire team stepping up,” assistant coach Esther Witte said. “It took a collaborative effort from everyone and we really had to turn it up on offense and defense to pull this one out.”

Mitchell led 15-10 after the first quarter as Taylor Giblin scored eight of the team’s first 13 points. The Kernels jumped out to a 12-0 run at the start of the second quarter to give Mitchell its largest lead of the night of 17 points. Mitchell held Pierre (2-6) scoreless through the first six minutes of the second quarter and outscored the Governors 17-5.


As Mitchell was hot heading into halftime having made four 3-pointers, the roles reversed and it was Pierre starting the third quarter out with a run of its own. Throughout the first four minutes, Pierre made four straight 3-pointers to get out to a 12-5 run.

In the midst of Pierre’s run, Sawyer Stoebner and Sarah Sebert both sat out for at least two minutes in the third quarter due to bloody noses because of inadvertent elbows. Pierre’s run continued while the Kernels were momentarily short-handed as Ryann Barry hit back-to-back 3-pointers to end the quarter. The Governors made six three's in the third quarter and outscored Mitchell 21-7 to cut the lead to four.

“Pierre was really aggressive in the third quarter, just staying in the passing lane and taking away a lot of our opportunities,” Witte said. “We turned the ball over and we weren’t expecting their defense to step up how it did.”

Mitchell's Sawyer Stoebner tries defending a basket by Pierre's Ayvrie Kaiser (21) as Mitchell's Addie Siemsen gives chase during a game on Friday, January 14, 2022 at the Corn Palace.
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Throughout the fourth quarter, both teams were held scoreless until Van Overschelde hit a mid range jump shot with 4:03 remaining in the game. Pierre’s Barry scored two layups in the final minute to cut the Kernel’s lead to two, but after a pair of free throws from Giblin and a putback layup by Stoebner with less than 15 seconds left, Mitchell managed to hold on and end the two-game losing streak.

Stoebner finished with eight points, along with a team-high 10 rebounds, seven assists and four steals. Kaitlyn Christensen had eight points and four rebounds while Giblin added nine points for the Kernels.

For Pierre, Barry scored a game-high 16 points on four made 3-point shots. Remington Price and Ayvrie Kaiser had six points each while Reese Terwilliger had seven points.

Mitchell has a full week off until its next game against Sturgis Brown and Witte said the Kernels will look to find ways to help the offense gel as Mitchell committed 19 turnovers and that is something that is not sustainable.

“We have to get a lot of rest this week and make sure we're fully healthy as a team,” Witte said. “Outside of that we need to work on offense, creating more motion within our offense and figure out ways to limit turnovers.”


Mitchell hosts Sturgis Brown at 7 p.m. on Jan. 21 in the Corn Palace, followed by a matchup against Spearfish at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 22.

Mitchell 45, Pierre 41

Mitchell (2-6): Lauren Van Overschelde 4-8 0-2 10, Taylor Giblin 2-7 3-4 9, Kaitlyn Christensen 4-5 0-0 8, Sawyer Stoebner 4-8 0-2 8, Sarah Sebert 1-10 2-2 5, Addie Siemsen 1-3 0-0 3, Delaney Degen 1-1 0-0 2. Total 17-42 5-10 45.

Pierre (2-6): Ryann Barry 0-0 16, Reese Terwilliger 3-3 7, Ayvrie Kaiser 1-2 6, Remington Price 0-0 6, Layni Stevens 0-0 3, Lennix DuPris 1-1 3, Sydney Tedrow 0-2 0. Total 5-8 41.

MHS 15 32 39 45

P 10 15 36 41

3-point field goals: M: 11-23 (Van Overschelde 2-4, Giblin 2-4, Degen 1-1, Siemsen 1-3, Sebert 1-7, Stoebner 0-1); P: 6 (Barry 4, Stevens 1, Kaiser 1). Rebounds: M: 27 (Stoebner 10). Assists: M: 12 (Stoebner 7). Steals: M 10 (Stoebner 4). Blocks: M: 0. Turnovers: M: 19.

Branden is a sports reporter that graduated from Purdue University Northwest with a bachelor's degree in communications and a focus in journalism. He joined the Mitchell Republic in June 2021 and covers prep and collegiate athletics. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Full-Court Press, providing a weekly web-exclusive look at high school basketball throughout all of South Dakota. Branden can be reached at and found on Twitter at @bhullreports.
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