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Mitchell girls grab control early to defeat Sturgis out west

Feb. 2—STURGIS, S.D. — For Mitchell High School girls basketball, last year's road trip out to Sturgis ended with the Kernels picking up a convincing victory.

The same held true on Friday night.

Despite only going 1-of-7 from the field to start the game, the Class AA No. 2-ranked Kernels coasted to a 50-35 win over the Scoopers at Sturgis Brown High School, improving to 13-0. Mitchell shot 45.2% from the field on 2-point chances for the game and held Sturgis to only 12 first-half points.

Addy Kossler scored the first points of the game after grabbing the defensive rebound 30 seconds into the opening quarter. It was the only lead Sturgis had for the entire game.

Carsyn Weich's steal with 3:25 left in the quarter led to Addie Siemsen giving the Kernels the lead on a pair of free throws, accounting for the only lead change for the game. Mitchell opened a nine-point lead after Siemsen and Lauren Van Overschelde drained three-straight triples to close the first quarter.

Siemsen made it four straight Mitchell 3-pointers to begin the second quarter, as the Kernels exploited the Scoopers' zone defense by taking advantage of their long shooting game en route to outscoring Sturgis 11-6 heading into halftime. Weich and Sawyer Stoebner found easy baskets off offensive rebounds as the first half drew to a close.

Out of the break, the Kernels went on an 11-1 run to expand the lead to 24 points in the third quarter. The Scoopers' Tori Williams scored the team's first field goal on a deep triple with 2:45 left in the third, beginning a 9-0 Sturgis run and trimming the lead to 15 points. It was as close as the Scoopers got to the Kernels' lead, as both teams scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Siemsen led Mitchell with 14 points on only 5-of-20 shooting and had four steals, as the team shot 37% from the field. Stoebner missed out on a double-double, scoring nine points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Weich was 4-of-4 from the field, scoring nine points and leading the Kernels with three assists. Van Overschelde had eight points, and Allison Meyerink finished with four points, four steals, three assists, and four rebounds.

No stats were reported for the Scoopers, who moved to 2-9 on the season and were outrebounded by Mitchell 23-17, and accumulated only four offensive rebounds to the Kernels' 11 for the game.

Mitchell (13-0) finishes its two-game road trip out west for an early afternoon contest against Spearfish on Saturday, Feb. 3.