Kernels avenge loss against Huron girls

PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN Huron’s Heavan Gainey puts up 3-pointer as Mitchell’s Macy Kempf trails on the play during their game Saturday at Huron Arena. In the second photo, Huron’s Mattie Huber holds the ball on the perimeter as Mitchell’s Macy Kemp defends during their game Saturday.

HURON - The Mitchell Kernels avenged an earlier loss in the season, defeating the Huron Tigers Saturday at the Huron Arena by a score of 68-46.

The Kernels came out shooting hot, and the Tigers struggled from the field as Mitchell hit five three-point shots in the first period, including three from senior guard Camryn Krogman.

Huron moved to a trap defense in the second quarter, and this provided a number of turnovers for the Tigers, but Huron struggled to convert layups and free throws.

The shooting struggles have been an issue that have come up multiple times on the season, said Coach Tim Buddenhagen.

“We were 5 of 25 from three,” Buddenhagen stated. “Somehow, we have to find some consistency.”

The Tigers did have fight left in them, however, and Huron closed the first half on an 8-1 run, its best run of the game.

The third quarter was a second verse of much of the first half. The Tigers got plenty of turnovers and put the Kernels into foul trouble, but Huron couldn’t convert from the field while the Kernels seemed to knock down shots consistently, pushing their lead to a game-high 21 points to end the third period.

After Mitchell pushed the lead to 25 with three and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Coach Buddenhagen emptied his bench, conceding the game. He included himself in the reasons for the loss Saturday night.

They did everything better than we did tonight. They outcoached us,” lamented Coach Buddenhagen. “We didn’t adapt, and you have to do that. We were passive, and that got us on our heels.”

The Kernels move to 5-2 behind a big game from Krogman, who finished with 23 points. Avia Haley added in 10 points.

Freshman Sawyer Stoebner put in nine points and grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for Mitchell.

Tenley Buddenhagen was the only Tiger in double figures with 10 points as Huron evens its record at 4-4.

Hamtyn Heinz led the Tigers with five rebounds and added nine points.

Huron won the junior varsity game 46-31 and the sophomore game 45-43.

The Tigers host Brookings Tuesday.

Mitchell     21 36 54 69
Huron     12 24 33 46

Mitchell (5-2): Adaya Plastow 2 2-2 7, Avia Haley 4 0-0 10, Taylor Giblin 2 0-0 5, Camryn Krogman 7 5-5 23, Sawyer Stoebner 4 1-2 9, Sarah Sebert 2 0-0 6, Gabby Sonne 1 0-0 2, Macy Kempf 2 3-6 7. Totals: 24 11-15 69.

Huron (4-4): Bryn Huber 3 1-1 7, Isabella Shreeve 2 1-2 6, Lexy Gilbert 1 0-0 2, Tenley Buddenhagen 2 5-9 10, Mattie Huber 0 2-4 2, Hamtyn Heinz 3 2-2 9, Isabelle Ellwein 1 0-0 3, Heavan Gainey 2 2-2 7. Totals: 14 13-20 46.

FG%: M - 24/48 50%, H - 14/56 25%. 3-pt FG: M 10/26 (Krogman 4, Haley 2, Sebert 2, Plastow, Giblin); H 5/25 (Shreeve, Buddenhagen, Gainey, Heinz, Ellwein). Rebounds: M 44 (Stoebner 10), H 30 (Heinz 5). Turnovers: M 13, H 7. Fouls: M 20, H 16.

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