The Hamlin Chargers defeated the Dell Rapids Quarriers 50-29 at the Girls Entringer Classic in Flandreau on Saturday, December 21st. Dell Rapids was only able to hit one field goal in the first half as Hamlin led after the first quarter 12-6. The Chargers held Dell Rapids to just one point in the second quarter and took a halftime lead of 24-7. Hamlin extended the lead to 37-17 after the third quarter.
Dell Rapids shot 9-35 from the field for 26% in the game. They were 10-22 from the free throw line for 45%. The Quarriers had 20 rebounds as a team, five assists, five steals, and 22 turnovers. Hamlin, meanwhile, shot 20-45 from the field for 44%. They were 9-16 from the free throw line for 56%. The Chargers had 26 team rebounds, 11 assists as a team, 11 steals, and turned the ball over 19 times.
Dell Rapids was led by Mikaela Stofferahn with 10 points. Jordan Stone had seven points and five rebounds in the game. Hannah Welbig finished with four points for the Quarriers. Molly Koisti of Hamlin was named the game MVP. She finished with 16 points, five rebounds and one assist.
Head coach Jeff Dvorak said, “Today’s game was lost before we even stepped on the court. Mentally we just did not show up until the 2nd half – and that is too late versus a good team. I believe that we started so well in our first two games and that led to a false sense that we just had to show up and it would happen – obviously, it didn’t ‘happen’ today. Hamlin has an aggressive team, and we were not ready for that speed. Young teams such as ours need to face this type of adversity to learn and grow. We certainly had our confidence rocked today, but in the end we will become tougher and better for it.”
Dell Rapids falls to 2-1 on the year. The Quarriers next game will be Saturday, December 28th, at the Parkston Classic. Dell Rapids will take on Aberdeen Roncalli at 2:30 p.m.