• Mitchell junior Hannah McMahan plays defense Wednesday, Jan. 9, in a 57-42 loss at McDowell. (Photo by Tessa Taylor)
    Mitchell junior Hannah McMahan plays defense Wednesday, Jan. 9, in a 57-42 loss at McDowell. (Photo by Tessa Taylor)

Mitchell girls eye 10th win of season

Team without seniors is learning how to finish

LEDGER – The Mitchell High School girls’ basketball team earned a 54-41 road win at Polk County this past week to claim its first Western Highlands Conference victory of the season. 

The Mountaineers (9-6, 1-2) lost their first two conference games at Mountain Heritage and against Madison. 

At Polk, the Mountaineers led 23-21 at halftime and outscored the Wolverines 31-20 in the second half. 

Mitchell was led by junior guard Hannah McMahan who scored a team-high 16 points and notched seven steals. Sophomore Marley Cloer and junior April Huskins also reached double-digit points with 11 and 10, respectively. 

Before the win over Polk, the Mountaineers dropped back-to-back contests against McDowell and Madison. 

Mitchell fell 57-42 at McDowell despite an 18-point outburst from sophomore Paige Johnson and 12 points from McMahan. 

The Mountaineers were edged 57-52 by Madison. McMahan and Cloer combined for 28 points. 

Mountaineers head coach Zack McCartha said the Madison game taught his team the importance of finishing strong. 

“With each game, the girls learn how to finish games,” he said. “In the Madison game, we didn’t execute as well as they did in the last three minutes and that’s related directly to experience.”

The Mountaineers were at Avery County this past Tuesday. Results were not available at press time. The team now plays three straight at home, including conference games against Owen and Mountain Heritage. 

“We’ve been up and down a little bit,” McCartha said. “A lot of teams in the conference start five seniors, and we don’t have any, but we’re still right there.”

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