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Road is unkind to Kernels at Harrisburg

HARRISBURG -- A 25-point halftime deficit told most of the story for the Mitchell Kernel girls basketball team on Tuesday night. The Kernels scored just 11 points in the first half and shot 13 percent from field over the first kid months as the H...

Mitchell's Kendra Brewster fights for a rebound between several Harrisburg players during Tuesday night's game in Harrisburg. (Michael Brown/For The Daily Republic)
Mitchell's Kendra Brewster fights for a rebound between several Harrisburg players during Tuesday night's game in Harrisburg. (Michael Brown/For The Daily Republic)

HARRISBURG - A 25-point halftime deficit told most of the story for the Mitchell Kernel girls basketball team on Tuesday night.

The Kernels scored just 11 points in the first half and shot 13 percent from field over the first kid months as the Harrisburg Tigers picked up a home Eastern South Dakota Conference victory 46-22 in Harrisburg.

Mitchell (2-7, 2-4 ESD) played without one of its top scorers, coach Wes Morgan said, as Mackenzie Miller was out with an illness. On top of that, Mitchell fell victim to good shooting from the Tigers (5-4, 5-4 ESD).

"We were a little out of whack on offense and then they got loose on us and made bunch of 3-pointers," Morgan said. "We were on our heels and we just didn't handle it well."

Mitchell was down 21-5 after the first quarter and trailed 36-11 at halftime. Morgan said he hopes the game is a lesson to a young team learning to win.

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"As a young team, we gotta learn how to stop taking it and learn how to hand it out a bit," the coach said. "We didn't fight back the way we needed to and we need to stop digging ourselves those types of holes. We've got to be on the hunt in the game."

Tess Limberg had seven points for the Kernels to lead the team. Erin Farnham scored six points. Mitchell finished 6-of-31 shooting from the field in the game and was 8-of-18 on free throw tries. Morgan commended his team for competing in the second half and outscoring Harrisburg 11-10.

"We just dug ourselves too big of a hole," Morgan said.

Harrisburg was led by 13 points from Sydney Halling, who also had nine rebounds. Sami Slaughter and Bailey Pickering each had nine points as well. The Tigers were 15-of-41 shooting from the field and were 11-of-19 on free throw tries.

Mitchell is off for a week before playing at Aberdeen Central on Tuesday.

M 5 11 20 22

H 21 36 43 46

Mitchell

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Kaelyn Kaul 0-1 0-0 0 Erin Farnham 1-3 4-12 6 Tess Limberg 2-4 3-4 7 Brenna Morgan 1-3 0-0 3 Jenna Weich 1-8 0-0 2 Jordyn Cranny 1-7 1-2 4 Mandy Schmidt 0-0 0-0 0 Chelsea Brewster 0-2 0-0 Kendra Brewster 0-2 0-0 0

TOTALS 6-31 8-18 22

Harrisburg

Sami Slaughter 2-10 4-6 9 Bailey Pickering 3-6 0-0 9 Sydney Fikse 0-1 0-0 0 Jeniah Ugofsky 2-4 0-3 4 Sydney Halling 5-9 3-4 13 Karli O'Connor 0-2 1-2 1 Autumn Steffen 2-3 2-2 6 Kylie Koerner 0-0 0-0 0 Mikayla Axtell 0-3 1-2 1 Mac Mertz 0-0 0-0 0 Haley VanderWoude 1-1 0-0 3 Mia Cherry 0-0 0-0 0 Carlie Fikse 0-1 0-0 0 TOTALS 15-41 11-19 46

3-point goals: M 2-11 (Morgan, Cranny), H 5-9 (Pickering 3, Slaughter, VanderWoude); Rebounds: M 23 (Limberg 4, Weich 4, C. Brewster 4), H 30 (Ugofsky 9, Halling 9); Assists: M 2 (Schmidt, Limberg), H 2 (Slaughter, Fikse); Blocks: M 1 (Limberg), H 1: (Slaughter 1); Steals: M 4 (K. Brewster 2), H 8 (Slaughter 3, Steffen 3); Turnovers: M 20, H 13.

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