In another tough, late-season, Dak-12 match-up, the Dell Rapids Quarriers had to come from behind to get a 65-57 win over the Lennox Orioles on Friday, February 16th at Dell Rapids High School. It was the final regular season game for the Quarriers.
Lennox threw everything they had at the Quarriers in the game. With Dell Rapids leading 9-7 with 2:20 in the opening quarter, the Orioles went on a 7-2 run to close out the quarter for a 14-11 lead. Both teams held leads in the second quarter. Lennox led by as many as four points, and Dell Rapids led by as many as five points, but it was Lennox that held a slight one-point advantage at 31-30 at halftime.
Dell Rapids got the offense rolling in the third quarter while locking down Lennox defensively. The Quarriers erased the first-half deficit and got ahead by as many as 15 points in the quarter. Dell Rapids outscored Lennox 21-7 over the entire quarter and led 51-38 heading into the final quarter. The Quarriers still end a 12-point lead at 53-41 with 6:04 to play in the game. Lennox got the lead down to seven points at 53-46 by the 4:45 mark of the game. The Orioles were able to get within six points at 57-51 with 1:43 to play, but Dell Rapids was able to make their free throws down the stretch to not allow Lennox to get any closer.
The Quarriers finished the game shooting 49% from the field, 42% from three-point area, and 75% from the free-throw line. They had a total of 30 team rebounds, 18 team assists, and only turned the ball over seven times.
Three players finished in double figures. Carson Rentz led the team in scoring with 17 points. Rentz also had six assists and four rebounds. Jeffrey Schuch nearly had a triple-double in the game. Schuch had 15 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and five blocked shots. Mason Schmidt also finished the game with 15 points and five rebounds.
Dell Rapids finished the regular season on a ten-game winning streak and a 16-4 overall record. The Region 3A tournament will begin on Tuesday, February 27th.