MORRILL — Aspen Reifschneider tallied 18 points and the Mitchell girls basketball team put four players in double figures in picking up a 75-30 win over Morrill on Monday night at Morrill.
Mitchell, which has now won four of its last five games, improved to 7-6 on the season. Morrill dropped to 4-7.
Mitchell coach Brock Ehler lauded the aggressiveness of his team and was proud of the Tigers’ all-around performance in the contest.
“The girls played hard on both sides,” he said. “It was a matter of a lot of girls getting on the floor for loose balls tonight. That’s a sign of aggressiveness. We get after it and want to be known as an aggressor. We want to be known as the team that is the scrappiest and plays the hardest.”
Mitchell raced out to a 38-17 lead at the half before dominating the third period by outscoring the Lions 23-7 in the frame to take a 61-24 advantage into the final eight minutes of play. Reifschneider, a sophomore, kept it rolling in the final stanza with two quick buckets to kick off an 8-0 run to start the period.
Morrill received buckets from Mickayla Schneider and Dylainee Peacock in the frame, as well as a pair of free throws by Megan Fish. However, former Lion Kady Lower and Felina Blanco each drained charity tosses for the Tigers to shut the door.
Despite the lopsided score, first-year Morrill coach TJ Norris said there were a lot of positives that came out of the game. He added that his girls fought incredibly hard against a talented Tiger team.
“I was pleased with our girls’ effort. I’m very proud of some of the steps we took tonight,” Norris said. “We improved on some of the things that we’ve been working on and I couldn’t be prouder of the overall effort from our girls tonight.
“Mitchell’s a good team. They executed better than we did tonight and they shot the ball incredibly well.”
Morrill had the edge at the free-throw line by hitting 9 of 18. Mitchell finished 7 of 21.
The Lions were paced in scoring by Fish, who finished with seven points. Brittany Zwiebel collected six points, while Peacock added five.
Chalsey Grentz finished the night with 14 points for Mitchell. Havannah Newens tallied 13 points, while Lower chipped in 10.
Mitchell will next be in action on Friday when the Tigers travel to Bayard. Morrill will next play at Bridgeport on Saturday.
Mitchell (7-6) 14 24 23 14 — 75
Morrill (4-7) 8 9 7 6 — 30
Chalsey Grentz 14, Brianne Hessler 6, Aspen Reifschneider 18, Kady Lower 10, Havannah Newens 13, Barbara Pieper 5, McKenna Zulkoski 5, Taylor Peters 4, Felina Blanco 5.
Taylor Cooper 3, Megan Fish 7, Brittany Zwiebel 6, Madie Schafer 1, Dylainee Peacock 5, Morgan Nortness 4, Mickayla Schneider 4.