The Mitchell family commonly follows this pattern — the car is parked at a local recreation center and five members exit, all carrying basketballs.
The family routine has helped give Southeast Polk's Sierra Mitchell a sure eye for the basket.
"We all go out and shoot together," Mitchell said.
Mitchell hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter and Southeast Polk beat Roosevelt 53-46 Tuesday in a CIML girls' basketball game at Southeast Polk.
Grace Cumming scored all of Roosevelt's points in the first quarter to help her team take a 7-6 lead.
Mitchell found her 3-point range in the second quarter, twice hitting back-to-back baskets. She gave the Rams a 26-15 halftime lead, scoring 12 points in the second quarter.
The Rams (11-2) worked the ball inside, then found Mitchell on the perimeter.
"My teammates would pass it to me and I'd knock it down," Mitchell said.
Southeast Polk roared to a 20-8 second-quarter advantage and led 26-15 at halftime.
"When we need it, she tends to come through and knock down those shots for us," Dailey said.
Mitchell, who scored a team-best 16 points, is no streak shooter, Southeast Polk coach Tracy Dailey said. But she's a consistent player.
"Her whole family can shoot," Dailey said.
Casey Stuart scored 11 for the Rams.
Cumming of Roosevelt, a freshman, led all scorers with 19 points. Lauren Provost scored 14 for Roosevelt, hitting four 3-pointers.
Cumming, who stands 6-2, combined with 6-3 Lexi Doyle to give Roosevelt a tall lineup.
Southeast Polk countered with a small but quick attack. Center Allee Ira is one of the tallest Rams at 5-9.
"We play taller than we are," Ira said. "We are short, but when we play together, we're a lot taller."
Roosevelt (40)—Provost 14, Cumming 19, Moss 5, Smith 2. Also played—Hanson, Doyle, Johnson, Palimore, Kallo, Henderson. Totals 14 6-8.
Southeast Polk (53)—Stuart 11, Ira 7, McCool 6, Ab.Penquite 4, Mitchell 16, Craig 2, Zelenovich 2, Donels 5. Also played—Am.Penquite. Totals 21 6-10.
Roosevelt…7 8 11 14—40
S.E. Polk…6 20 7 20—53