MITCHELL — The Huron Tigers couldn’t overcome cold shooting on the game and fell on the road to the Mitchell Kernels Saturday night, 60-52.
The Tigers were cold much of the first half, but hard-nosed play from Havyn Heinz, who scored eight in the half, and quality defense kept the game from getting out of hand.
Mitchell led by as many as seven, including at 27-20 in the second quarter, but Huron ended the half on a seven-point run keyed by five points off the bench from Reese Rozell. The game went to half tied at 27-27.
Tenley Buddenhagen keyed a big third quarter run for Huron to open the second half, eventually getting the Tigers to a four-point lead. Buddenhagen would end up scoring nine points in the quarter, but she was matched by Mitchell’s Macy Kempf, whose inside presence drew the Tigers defensive attention throughout the quarter, though it didn’t seem to slow her down.
The Kernels opened the fourth quarter with a 40-38 lead. They continued to pound inside if they could break the Tigers’ pressure defense, leading to foul trouble for multiple Tigers and prompting coach Buddenhagen to reach deeper into his bench than his typical rotation.
With long shots not falling and calls not coming on drives to the hoop, the Tigers had to rely on fouls to slow down the Kernels at the end of the game, yet Mitchell couldn’t seem to miss at the line, going 9-for-11 in the fourth quarter from the charity stripe.
The Tigers fell to 3-4 with the loss. Buddenhagen led the club with 19 points and six rebounds while Heinz pitched in 15 points.
Mitchell’s win boosted their record to 3-4 behind a big game from Macy Kempf, who scored 22 on the night to lead the game’s individual scoring while also topping the game’s individual rebounding with 10 boards. Camryn Krogman was a key cog in the fourth quarter for the Kernels, scoring 10 of her 19 points in the final frame.
Huron travels to Brookings on Tuesday evening.
Huron 12 27 38 52
Mitchell 17 27 40 60
Huron (3-4): Isabella Shreeve 3 2-2 9; Tenley Buddenhagen 6 4-4 17; Havyn Heinz 5 3-4 15; Alexis Feenstra 1 0-0 3; Reese Rozell 2 0-0 5; Heavan Gainey 1 1-3 3. Team totals: 18 10-13 52.
Mitchell (3-4): Avia Haley 2 1-2 7; Camryn Krogman 6 6-6 19; Sarah Sebert 1 0-0 2; Haley Hohn 3 1-1 7; Taylor Giblin 1 0-2 3; Macy Kempf 6 0-11 22. Team totals: 19 18-22 60.
FG: H 18-59 31%; M 19-39 49%. 3-pt FG: H 6-22 (Heinz 2, Shreeve, Buddenhagen, Feenstra, Rozell); M 4-13 (Haley 2, Krogman, Giblin). Rebounds: H 26 (Buddenhagen 6); M 35 (Kempf 10). Turnovers: H 3, M 12. Total fouls: H 20, M 15.