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Dealing with Mitchell’s offense is more than enough for most Class AA girls’ basketball teams, but the Kernel strength on the defensive end this season has made things even tougher for the opposition. Senior guard Torrie Michels, who also competes in rodeo, makes sure the pressure starts the moment the other team gets the ball. The 5-foot-4 guard has embraced her defensive role with the club. Her work mirroring the other team’s point guard up the court each time has often resulted in bad passes and turnovers. “It is my job,” Michels said.
The road to a sixth Class AA state championship for the Mitchell girls’ basketball team could go squarely through a trio of Sioux Falls schools. The strong possibility exists that the No. 1-ranked and second-seeded Kernels will need to beat three teams from Sioux Falls to capture a title, starting with a quarterfinal matchup with Sioux Falls Roosevelt at 6 p.m.
In the team’s final practice before departing for Frost Arena, Mitchell assistant coach Joe Shepardson cranked up the volume on the stereo at the Corn Palace Tuesday, playing an eclectic mix of pop hits from the last few years in an attempt to re-create the noise the Kernels anticipate facing this weekend. “I remember turning to Kerri (Young), who was standing 5 feet away from me and she couldn’t hear a word I was saying,” former Mitchell star and current Dakota Wesleyan University basketball player Kristin Sabers said about the crowd noise the last time the Kernels played in the Class AA s
The record books for Mitchell High School girls’ basketball have a new author named Macy Miller. But in the District 3AA championship, when the Kernel star sank her 168th free throw of the season, she etched her name into South Dakota high school basketball lore. Miller broke the Class AA single-season scoring record 24 seconds into the Kernels’ win over Pierre Thursday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell to advance to the state tournament. Miller eclipsed the standard set by Kris Holwerda, of Brookings, of 624 points.
The Mitchell Kernel girls’ basketball team secured its place in the Class AA state tournament with a convincing win over Pierre Thursday at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. The No. 1 Kernels (21-1) topped the Governors 72-30 to win the District 3AA championship, as Macy Miller and Taylor Volesky combined to score 57 points in the win. The win was the 43rd straight for Mitchell at the Corn Palace and was the third over Pierre this season. “Our defense was excellent tonight,” Mitchell coach Wes Morgan said.
With its win over Pierre Thursday, the Mitchell Kernel girls’ basketball team has set a new standard for home dominance. The win in the final game for the Kernels at the Corn Palace this season extended the team’s home win streak to 43 games.
The Mitchell girls’ basketball team played 20 regular season games and senior guard Macy Miller led the score sheet each time. But Monday, forward Taylor Volesky scored a career-high 29 points as the No. 1 Kernels topped Huron 64-43 in the first round of the District 3AA tournament at the Corn Palace in Mitchell. Miller finished with 24 points, marking the first time this season she did not lead the Kernels in scoring. “Down the stretch I got into a pretty good rhythm,” Volesky said.
Following Mitchell’s first round District 3AA win over Huron Monday, Macy Miller was asked to delay her return to the locker room so a special moment could be honored. The senior guard stood at center court of the Corn Palace to a standing ovation from the Kernel crowd after breaking the school’s career scoring record earlier in the game. “I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and it feels great,” Miller said. Miller, who is never one to boast about her numerous accomplishments, gave a quick wave to the crowd with a red-faced smile.
Trojan wrestling team finishes six points shy of record mark set last year.
ABERDEEN -- The championship round of the Class B state tournament at the Barnett Center in Aberdeen Saturday included 11 wrestlers from six area teams, with eight taking home a first-place medal. The eight champions from the area accounted for more than half of the 14 wrestlers who ended the tournament on the top of the podium.