Stifling defense leads Kernel boys to lopsided win over Sturgis

Mitchell allowed fewest points since Jan. 28, 2011


STURGIS, S.D. — A full week without a game and a 300-mile road trip did little to cool off the Mitchell High School boys basketball team.

Defense took over for the Class AA No. 3-ranked Kernels on Friday night, as Mitchell doubled up Sturgis, 59-29, on its home court and rolled to a fourth-straight win.

Mitchell shut down the Scoopers, limiting the opposition to 9 of 44 (20.5%) shooting and the fewest points (29) a Kernel boys team has allowed since Jan. 28, 2011.

The Kernels outscored Sturgis in all four quarters, including 12-2 in the first on the way to a 31-12 halftime advantage.

Gavyn Degen scored a game-high 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field and swiped six steals, while Caden Hinker recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, four assists and two steals. Steele Morgan posted marks of eight points and seven rebounds, as Macon Larson and Charlie McCardle each had six points for Mitchell.


Sturgis (1-10) was paced by 11 points from Owen Cass, with Dysen Peterson chipping in seven points and three rebounds off the bench.

The Kernels (8-2, 5-1 ESD) stay on the road to play Spearfish at 2:30 p.m. Central time on Saturday.

Dierks covers prep and collegiate athletics across the Mitchell Republic's coverage region area, focusing on Mitchell High School football and boys basketball and area high school football, volleyball and basketball, as well as Dakota Wesleyan women's basketball. He was also the lead on the Mitchell Republic Gridiron Spotlight, producing video and providing live play-by-play for the traveling weekly prep football broadcast during its first season in the fall of 2021. Dierks is a Mitchell native who graduated from South Dakota State University with his bachelor's degree in journalism in May 2020. He joined the Mitchell Republic sports staff in August 2021. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @LDierksy.
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