A couple of monstrous upsets yesterday during the first rounds of the South Dakota state basketball tournaments, none bigger than the No. 8 seeded Mitchell Kernels who knocked off No. 1 seed, Sioux Falls O’Gorman. Wanted to give a gigantic shout-out to the Mitchell coaching staff: Head coach Wes Morgan
Asst. Coaches:Dave Brooks, Dr. Teri Morgan, Jamie Neuendorf, Brett Flemmer.
Mackenzie Miller led the Kernels with 19 points and 8 rebounds, and a brilliant defensive scheme held Drake bound Emma Ronsiek (jr.) to 11 points.
Two players, Tess Limberg and Payton Morgan who played for Dan Jewett’s Sacred Hoops East-River, 17-u squad were all over the court for Morgan, contributing to a monumental upset in the AA ranks.
Tess Limberg: 16 points, (5-10 from field), 6-7 ft, 3 rebounds, 4 assists.
Payton Morgan: 13 points (2-4 from field), 7-9 ft, 5 rebounds and 1 assist
At 12:02 on March 2nd, Sacred Hoops Co-Director Allan Bertram received a picture, and a text from Limberg and Morgan who had just helped Mitchell defeat Sturgis, 60-35 to qualify for the state tournament.
This Pic and a message was sent from Tess and Payton after winning the SoDak 16 game to advance to state
We want to Thank You Allan for all that you have done for us and that Summer Basketball truly helped us achieve this goal.
Mitchell takes on No. 4 seeded Brandon Valley this afternoon in the first AA semifinal.