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Yankton girls edge Kernels

YANKTON -- The defense held for Yankton as a 9-0 fourth quarter run propelled the Gazelles to a 29-27 victory over Mitchell in Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' basketball action on Tuesday in Yankton.

Mitchell's Tess Limberg shoots a floater over Yankton's Maddy Hochstein during their Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' basketball game on Tuesday in Yankton. (James Cimburek/Yankton Press and Dakotan)
Mitchell's Tess Limberg shoots a floater over Yankton's Maddy Hochstein during their Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' basketball game on Tuesday in Yankton. (James Cimburek/Yankton Press and Dakotan)

YANKTON - The defense held for Yankton as a 9-0 fourth quarter run propelled the Gazelles to a 29-27 victory over Mitchell in Eastern South Dakota Conference girls' basketball action on Tuesday in Yankton.

Yankton trailed by five before Lindsey Hale kicked the run off with a 3-pointer. Bailey Kortan dropped in a layup and a two-point jumper and Jessica Reinhardt scored her only two points on a pair of free throws to give Yankton a 29-25 lead that would hold.

The Gazelles finished with their fourth-lowest scoring total of the season. For Mitchell, it was the fewest points allowed all year, but Yankton held the Kernels to their third-lowest mark of the year to get the win.

It was a game of three runs, with Yankton getting the last laugh. The Gazelles held a 13-5 lead to start the game. Then from midway through the second quarter to the end of the third, Mitchell went on a 12-4 run to take a 23-18 lead before Yankton won the final quarter 11-4 to win the game.

"They got the momentum going their way at the end," Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said. "It was a game of runs, they had the first one, we had the middle one, and they had the last few minutes at the end."

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Kortan was the top scorer for Yankton with 10 points with a pair of threes in the first and a pair of clutch shots in the final quarter.

Mackenzie Miller was a force for Mitchell, scoring the Kernels' first nine points in the first half and adding seven from the free-throw line in the second to lead the game with 16 points.

Now both teams will head to the postseason. Yankton (8-12) will head to the District 2AA play-in game at Sioux Falls Washington on Friday. The Kernels (3-17) will head to either Aberdeen Central or Pierre on Monday with an eight-game losing streak.

"I think our defense is playing pretty well, we just have to find a way to put the ball in the basket," Morgan said. "Just keep building towards the end of the season and if we can get something going, maybe we can make a run."

Yankton won the JV game 63-29. Carly Haring led with eight points for Mitchell. Yankton won the sophomore game 24-19. Gia Winger was the top Kernel scorer with 10 points.

Yankton 29, Mitchell 27

MITCHELL (3-17): Mandy Schmidt 0-2 0-0 0, Tess Limberg 1-4 1-2 3, Kendra Brewster 0-0 0-0 0, Mackenzie Miller 4-8 8-11 16, Jenna Weich 1-4 0-0 2, Jordyn Cranny 0-2 0-0 0, Chelsea Brewster 1-5 0-0 2, Payton Morgan 1-2 0-0 2, Carly Haring 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS: 9-28 9-13 27.

YANKTON (8-12): Madason Tessier 2-3 1-1 5, Bailey Kortan 4-10 0-1 10, Kami Cornemann 2-4 0-0 4, Lindsey Hale 2-4 0-0 5, Josie Sayler 0-0 0-0 0, Payton Wolfgram 0-1 0-0 0, Madison Wuebben 1-3 0-0 0, Jessica Reinhardt 0-3 2-2 2, Maddy Hochstein 0-1 1-4 1. TOTALS: 11-29 4-8 29.

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M 4 11 23 27

Y 8 14 18 29

Three-pointers: YAN 3-11 (Kortan 2-6, Hale 1-3, Wuebben 0-1, Reinhardt 0-1), MIT 0-4 (Schmidt 0-1, Miller 0-1, Weich 0-0, Cranny 0-1). Rebounds: YAN 27 (Hale 7), MIT 17 (C. Brewster 4). Personal Fouls: MIT 14, YAN 13. Fouled Out: Miller. Assists: YAN 9 (Kortan 3), MIT 3 (C. Brewster 2). Turnovers: YAN 23, MIT 18. Blocked Shots: YAN 2 (Sayler 2), MIT 0. Steals: MIT 10 (C. Brewster 4), YAN 3 (Hochstein 2).

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