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Raiders hold down Kernel girls

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Mitchell's Adaya Plastow (5) attacks the basket against Rapid City Stevens' Jill Delzer, left, Kyah Watson (32) and Grace Martin on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

Less than 24 hours after earning its first win of the season, the Mitchell girls basketball team had a game to forget on Saturday.

The Kernels dropped a 79-30 decision against No. 3 Rapid City Stevens at the Corn Palace. Mitchell (1-2) was coming off a 63-47 win over Rapid City Central for the first win in the Cole Knippling era on Friday.

But they looked overmatched against Rapid City Stevens (4-0).

“Last night I thought we played really, really well and today we were on the opposite end of the spectrum,” Mitchell coach Cole Knippling said. “There’s some things that happened that you can’t really control. I know we are a lot better team than what we showed. We are going to fix some things, but most of this game we are just going to forget.”

The Kernels (1-2) couldn’t handle a suffocating defense by Stevens, which forced 28 turnovers off 16 steals and converted the turnovers into points on the other end.

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“We knew they liked to transition and we knew they really liked to pressure the ball,” Knippling said. “I was hoping we would handle it a little better, but they are so physical and we didn’t handle their physicality very well. We weren't very tough physically or mentally.”

The Raiders set the tone right out of the gates. Stevens forced turnovers on back-to-back possessions to start the game and it was off and running. The Kernels trailed 19-5 after the first quarter and 39-14 at halftime.

“We made a lot of mistakes,” Knippling said. “Like in the first half we had more turnovers than field goals. You can’t win a game like that.”

With the game out of reach, Knippling subbed early in the second half and gave other players opportunities to get minutes on the floor.

“It’s a chance to assess and get them on film and you can teach them,” Knippling said. “You can also kind of see who you can trust and who needs a little bit of work to get there.”

The Raiders featured a balanced scoring attack with four players reaching double figures. Grace Ellis tossed in 14 points and University of South Dakota signee Kyah Watson scored 13 points. Jayda McNabb and Kenadi Rising both scored 11 points apiece.

Macy Kempf led the Kernels with 13 points.

Mitchell will play Twin Cities Academy in the Hoop City Classic on Dec. 28 at the Corn Palace. The game will be part of three-day event at the venue.

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“I hope the girls realize how lucky they are to live in a town that has such a rich basketball history and has events like this in a beautiful place,” Knippling said. “I know it’s going to be fun and I know they are excited.”

Rapid City Stevens 79, Mitchell 30

Rapid City Stevens (4-0): Grace Ellis 6-7 1-1 14, Jayda McNabb 4-5 2-2 11, Bailee Sobczak 0-4 4-6 4, Kenadi Rising 5-6 0-0 11, Kyah Watson 5-7 2-2 13, Sydney Johnson 0-0 1-2 1, Grace Martin 3-6 1-2 8, Jaden Matkins 3-4 0-0 6, Julia Lee 2-2 0-0 5, Jill Delzer 2-2 0-0 4, Ella Peterson 0-3 2-4 2. Totals 30-47 13-19 79.

Mitchell (1-2): Adaya Plastow 1-2 0-0 2, Avia Haley 1-6 0-0 2, Camryn Krogman 0-3 3-5 3, Haley Hohn 1-1 1-2 3, Macy Kempf 3-4 7-8 13, Brooke Brewster 1-1 0-0 2, Gia Winger 0-0 3-4 3, Mariyah Turner 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 8-27 14-25 30.

RCS 19 39 66 79

M 5 14 22 30

3-point field goals: RCS 6-12 (Ellis 1-2, McNabb 1-1, Rising 1-2, Watson 1-2, Martin 1-3, Lee 1-1); M 0-7. Rebounds: RCS 22 (Sobczak 3); M 19 (Hohn 3, Kempf 3). Steals: RCS 16 (Watson 5); M 5 (Plastow 2). Turnovers: RCS 11; M 28. Fouls: RCS 25; M 16.

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