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The No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team is playing inspired defense as of late. The Great Plains Athletic Conference's top-ranked scoring defense has always emphasized being a sound defensive team under nine-year coach Jason Christensen, though he thinks the Tigers have taken their defense to another level since suffering their only loss of the season.
The 98 points on the scoreboard was only the end product of an impressive 98-78 showing by the No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan University women’s basketball team. Using an all-around effort, the Tigers (19-1, 12-1 GPAC) took down Midland University (11-8, 6-7 GPAC) on Sunday at the Corn Palace in a Great Plains Athletic Conference game.
The Mitchell Figure Skating Club is setting a new precedent. Today through Sunday, it hosts the third annual Palace Ice Festival at the Mitchell Activity Center. Although, for the first time it's a sanctioned United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA) full competition, which has never been done before in South Dakota.
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team's full-court press caused Pierre problems all night, and it eventually paid off in the second half. The Kernels broke open a five-point halftime lead to finish with a 67-46 win in Eastern South Dakota Conference play on Thursday at the Corn Palace.
Former McCook Central/Montrose standout Morgan Koepsell made the most of her playing time with Black Hills State University last week, helping the Yellow Jackets split a pair of games. Despite only playing four minutes, she made both of her shot attempts for seven points, to go along with two rebounds and two steals, in a 59-48 win over Western State Colorado University on Jan. 4. Koepsell added another seven points in seven minutes in a 72-48 loss to Colorado Mesa University on Jan. 5. The freshman has appeared in 10 games this season, recording 34 points and 10 rebounds.
Most teams have senior leadership, but the Mitchell High School girls basketball team takes it to another level. Kernel coach Wes Morgan knew he'd have to lean on his six seniors this season, composing his entire starting-five of seniors. It's led to a 3-3 start, with wins over Huron, Rapid City Central and Waconia (Minn.) in the Hoop City Classic. Meanwhile, Mitchell's three losses have come to teams a combined 16-1 this year, including Class AA No. 1 Brandon Valley and No. 3 Harrisburg.
The No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team has a game-by-game mentality, unwilling to look at what it's accomplished or what's ahead. It's just focused on the next game. If the Tigers did look back, though, they would see a team that beat No. 8 Morningside College, 91-67, on Wednesday, though still wasn't satisfied with their performance. As well as a team now 16-1 overall and 9-1 in Great Plains Conference play, which features seven nationally-ranked teams.
Nothing could slow down the No. 1 Dakota Wesleyan University women's basketball team. Not Morningside's press, zone or even Sierra Mitchell's 20 points for the Mustangs. The Tigers flexed their muscles at every challenge and rolled past No. 8 Morningside 91-67 in a Great Plains Athletic Conference contest on Wednesday at the Corn Palace.
The Mitchell High School boys basketball team’s turnovers came back to haunt it on Friday at the Corn Palace. As the Kernels racked up 22 turnovers, they fell 67-43 to Sioux Falls O’Gorman at the Hoop City Classic. “(O’Gorman) doesn’t even need to run offense because we just turn it over and it leads to a dunk or layup,” Mitchell coach Todd Neuendorf said. “That’s been a trend that’s happened in every game.”
The Mitchell High School girls basketball team ruined Carl Pierson’s homecoming on Friday at the Corn Palace. The Waconia (Minn.) coach said, “it felt pretty good (to come back to the Corn Palace) until the game started,” which saw the Kernels top Waconia 59-50 in the Hoop City Classic. Both teams struggled to maintain possession, with the Wildcats turning it over 20 times and the Kernels (3-2) committing 17. In fact, five players had four or more turnovers.