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Strong shooting leads Kernel girls past RCC

RAPID CITY--The Mitchell High School girls basketball team was able to hold off a late Rapid City Central run, defeating the Cobblers 64-56. "We're starting to learn who we are," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "We got a great group of seniors le...

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RAPID CITY-The Mitchell High School girls basketball team was able to hold off a late Rapid City Central run, defeating the Cobblers 64-56.

"We're starting to learn who we are," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "We got a great group of seniors leading the way. Tonight was a great night (with) balanced scoring."

Using a stout full-court press and good shot selection, the Kernels (2-0) jumped out to a 17-5 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cobblers (2-2) were unable to dig into that lead before half, trailing 30-18 at the break.

However, RCC's outside shots started to fall in the second half, as well as Mitchell starting to turn the ball over. The Kernels turned it over 29 time and RCC shot 40.7 percent in the second half after only connecting on 20.8 percent of its shots before the break. That resulted in Mitchell's lead falling to 40-36 in the second half.

"That's a good Central team, well-coached," Morgan said. "They shoot the ball well. They shot it really well down the stretch."

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Led by their seniors, Mitchell regrouped to pull away from the Cobblers for good and score 21 fourth-quarter points.

Tayler Factor scored a team-high 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, while Tess Limberg and Jordyn Cranny both added 11. Payton Morgan also scored nine. As a team, the Kernels shot 64.9 percent from the field and 46.7 percent from beyond the arc.

"We got some tough seniors, gritty tough," coach Morgan said. "When you got gritty tough seniors that don't want to be in the 'L' column, you can rely on them, count on them to be there in the end."

The Cobblers were led by Adison Young's 14 points, while Emma Avery chipped in 11 points. Juneau Jones added eight points and five rebounds, as well.

The Kernels play at Rapid City Stevens at 2:30 p.m. today.

Mitchell 64, Rapid City Central 56

Mitchell (2-0): Tess Limberg 3 5-5 11, Jordyn Cranny 4 0-0 11, Payton Morgan 4, 0-1 9, Tayler Factor 7 2-2 16, Mackenzie Miller 2 2-2 6, Mandy Schmidt 1 0-0 3, Acia Haley 2 0-1 5, Camryn Krogman 1 0-0 3, Haley Hohn 0 0-0 0. Total: 24 9-13 64.

Rapid City Central (2-2): Adison Young 3 6-7 14, Abbie Freeman 1 3-4 6, Juneau Jones 2 4-9 8, Jordan Heckert 3 0-0 7, Kenya Merrival 2 0-0 5, Emma Avery 4 1-5 11, Reese Etus 1 2-3 5, Hannah Semmler 0 0-0 0, Briley Corrigan 0 0-0 0. Total: 16 16-28 56.

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MHS 17 30 43 64

RCC 5 18 36 56

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