They've been to the AA girls championship game each of the last two years but without standouts like Kerri Young and Kristin Sabers, can the Mitchell Kernels make it back? The team still boasts one of the top players in the state in Macy Miller but the SDSU recruit can't do it all by herself.
With Miller on the floor, there's always a chance to win. The 6-foot point guard led Mitchell in scoring last year with 19 points per game.
"This year I've been working really hard on my threes because they know I can drive so I need to stay back and shoot some threes and look to find people open," Miller said.
Miller set the single-season scoring record at Mitchell with 493 points during her junior year. With a long-range game now she could raise the bar. Perimeter shooting will be important for this year's Kernels. With a lack of size down low, Coach Wes Morgan has had to change things up.
"We're more shooting on the outside than penetrating since we're a little smaller. We're quicker, faster, so we're pressing the ball and running fast breaks," guard Torrie Michels said.
"Going to be a little different, a little more fun for me because we get to change up some stuff but overall we'll run the same stuff but we'll do a little more perimeter shooting," Morgan said.
If Mitchell can shoot a high percentage from outside they'll be in business but without solid post players, they'll have to find ways to get by some of the best in the state.
"With Macy Miller on your team and some kids in the supporting group, I think we should be a pretty good team. Hopefully we can compete with the Wash's and the O'Gormans and the Roosevelts and those teams that are going to be on the top this year," Morgan said.
Mitchell opens the season against Pierre at home on December 13th.