Mitchell uses big second half to down Tigers

PHOTOS BY MIKE CARROLL/PLAINSMAN Huron’s Derick Siemonsma puts up a jumper near the top of the key during a game against Mitchell on Saturday at Huron Arena. In the second photo, Huron’s Teagan Pfitzer dribbles near midcourt against defensive pressure by Mitchell’s Ben Helleloid during their game Saturday.

HURON - The Mitchell Kernels remained unbeaten behind a dominating second half to defeat the Huron Tigers 54-34 at the Huron Arena Saturday night.

The Kernels stormed out to a 10-0 early lead, but after a Tiger timeout, Huron outscored Mitchell the rest of the first period 6-3.

The Tigers forced the ball at the Mitchell taller players, drawing early fouls, and a few deep balls rattled out for the Tigers.

The Huron defense continued giving fits to the Mitchell offense while the offense was finally able to connect on a 10-0 run to get within a single point of the Kernels. Mitchell finished the half up by three points.

Coach Jon Schouten was pleased with the way the team fought through the first half.

“I was happy to be where we were at half,” Schouten noted. “We missed a lot of easy looks early.”

Huron struggled shooting to open the second half, and the Kernels took advantage, opening up their largest lead of the game.

The Tigers finished the third quarter shooting 2-for-13, which allowed the Kernels to push the lead to 12 at the end of the frame.

Mitchell opened the fourth quarter with a 12-0 run to put the game completely out of reach, and both teams began to empty their respective benches.

The Kernels move to 7-0 behind their two top scorers, as Caden Hinker led Mitchell with 20 points and 12 rebounds while Zane Alm added 14.

Derick Siemonsma and Reilyn Zavesky each scored seven points to lead Huron (1-5). Isaiah Decker added six points and led the Tigers with four rebounds.

Coach Schouten intends to work with the offense to find multiple ways to score, even on a tough shooting night.

“It was a cold night,” Schouten remarked.  “It was a really poor effort offensively overall.”

Huron travels to Brookings Tuesday.

Mitchell     13 24 37 54
Huron       6 21 25 34

Mitchell (7-0): Jonah Schmidt 0 2-2 2, Lucas Moller 2 0-0 6, Caden Hinker 6 7-9 21, Dylan Soulek 3 2-2 8, Charlie McCardle 1 0-0 2, Zane Alm 6 1-1 14, Steele Morgan 1 0-0 2. Totals: 19 11-13 54.

Huron (1-5): Teagan Pfitzer 1 0-0 3, Max Kranzler 1 0-0 2, Kler Hae 1 0-0 2, Reilyn Zavesky 2 2-2 7, Derick Siemonsma 3 0-0 7, Roger Puterbaugh 1 0-0 3, Brandon Decker 2 0-0 4, Isaiah Decker 2 0-1 6. Totals: 13 2-3 34.

FG%: M - 19/39 49%, H - 14/54 26%. 3-pt FG: M 5/14 (Moller 2, Hinker 2, Alm); H 4/20 (Pfitzer, Siemonsma, Zavesky, Puterbaugh). Rebounds: M 33 (Hinker 12), H 25 (I.Decker 4). Turnovers: M 9, H 6. Fouls: M 12, H 14.

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