The Dell Rapids Quarrier girls basketball team saw their season come to an end at the Region 3A tournament on Thursday, February 28th at Tea Area High School. The Quarriers fell to the Sioux Falls Christian Chargers 63-47.
The Chargers and Quarriers traded baskets early in the first quarter. The two teams were tied 5-5 with 5:37 to play in the quarter. Dell Rapids then went on a 6-0 run to take an 11-5 lead with just under two minutes to play. The Quarriers led 13-7 after the first quarter of play. The Chargers turned the game around in the second quarter. Sioux Falls Christian went on a 7-0 run to start the quarter and outscored Dell Rapids 27-6 to take a 34-19 lead at halftime.
The Chargers were able to keep their 15-point lead through the first half of the third quarter and led 39-24 with 4:09 to play. The Chargers still led by 15 with 1:30 to play at 45-30, but Dell Rapids scored the final five points of the quarter to cut the lead down to ten points at 45-35. The Quarriers scored first to start the fourth quarter to get the lead down to single digits at 45-37, but the Chargers responded with a 7-0 run to push the lead back to 15 at 52-37 with 6:15 to go in the game. Dell Rapids was able to get within 11 points at 56-45 with 3:37 to go, but Sioux Falls Christian stopped any Quarrier rally to hang on for the win.
Three players finished in double figures for Dell Rapids. Jayda Knuppe finished with 14 points. Aspen Hansen had 11 points. Emma Paul added 10 points, and Ravyn Hoffman added eight points. The Chargers were led by Lexi Unruh with 24 points and Courtney Kellenberger with 16 points.
Dell Rapids finishes the season with a 14-8 record.