After a slow first half, the Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team exploded for 21 third quarter points and earned a 46-38 come-from-behind win over the #3 ranked Hamlin Chargers at the Entringer Classic on Saturday, December 16th. The Quarrier defense kept the Chargers in check all night long as Dell Rapids forced 17 turnovers and 30 missed shots in the game.
Both teams couldn’t find the offensive groove in the first half. Hamlin led at the end of the first quarter 11-9. The two teams combined for just a total of nine points in the second quarter, and Dell Rapids didn’t make a field goal in the second quarter. The Chargers led 16-13 at halftime.
Dell Rapids made the necessary adjustments at halftime and came out on fire. The Quarriers went on a 21-3 run to lead by as many as 15 points at 34-19. The Chargers closed out the third quarter with the final four points to cut the lead to 34-23. Hamlin took advantage of some Quarrier foul trouble in the fourth quarter and pulled within three points a couple of times in the game. But each time the Chargers got close, the Quarriers came up with a big made basket of clutch free-throws to keep Hamlin at bay to win the game.
Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 42% from the field, 36% from beyond the three-point line, and 69% from the free-throw line. Dell Rapids had 19 team rebounds, 10 steals, and six assists.
Arial Hoffman was named the game’s MVP. She finished with 16 points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Emma Paul tallied 13 points and had five rebounds. Jayda Knuppe added six points and four rebounds. Ravyn Hoffman finished with five points and three steals, and Kaylee Hennen had four points.
The Quarriers (3-0) will play at Baltic on Tuesday, December 19th.