• Mitchell junior Tyler McKinney drives to the basket Thursday, Feb. 28, during the Mountaineers’ 71-57 loss to Bishop McGuinness in the second round of the Class 1A State Basketball playoffs. McKinney scored a team-high 16 points in the game. (Photo by Brandon Roberts/Mitchell News-Journal)
    Mitchell junior Tyler McKinney drives to the basket Thursday, Feb. 28, during the Mountaineers’ 71-57 loss to Bishop McGuinness in the second round of the Class 1A State Basketball playoffs. McKinney scored a team-high 16 points in the game. (Photo by Brandon Roberts/Mitchell News-Journal)

Bishop McGuinness too much for Mitchell

LEDGER – The Mitchell High School boys’ basketball team suffered a season-ending 71-57 loss to Bishop McGuiness Thursday, Feb. 28, in the second round of the Class 1A State Playoffs.

No. 8 seed Mitchell (12-15) had a two-point lead at halftime over the No. 9 seed Villains (21-8) but were outscored 29-15 in the third quarter, which proved to put the game out of reach for the Mountaineers.

Junior Tyler McKinney led the Mountaineers with 16 points in the game, and junior Mitchell McMahan scored 11. 

“We were hanging with them good but gave up some easy baskets,” said Chad Dellinger, Mitchell head boys’ basketball coach. “We were up by two at halftime but let it get away from us in the third quarter.”

Despite the loss, Dellinger said the season’s final game showed several bright spots.

"The way we played (against Bishop McGuiness) not only showed how far we have come this season but how far we can go," he said. "Looking ahead, with only three seniors we have a lot coming back. We showed a lot of life by the end of the season, and I think we can carry that fire into next season."

MHS 13 15 15 14 – 57: Ledford 3, McMahan 11, Peterson 9, Ward 3, McKinney 16, Pitman 5, Pritchard 3, Blevins 2, Ponder 5.

BMHS 13 13 29 16 – 71: Caroway 14, McDonough 4, M. McAlhaney 3, Ledbetter 18, Ingle 1, S. McAlhaney 3, Buszinski 18, Cressman 10 

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