After a slow start in the first four minutes of the game, the Dell Rapids Quarriers found their offensive rhythm and cruised to a 78-46 win over the Tiospa Zina Wambdi at the Dak-12/NEC Conference Clash in Madison on Saturday, January 30th.
The Wambdi took advantage of the Quarriers slow start and got out to a 9-5 lead with 4:15 to play in the first quarter. Dell Rapids then closed out the quarter on a 14-5 run to lead 19-14 at the break. The Quarriers then took advantage of a cold-shooting second quarter for Tiospa Zina. The Wambdi went 1-17 from the field in the second quarter, and Dell Rapids outscored Tiospa Zina 18-3 for a 37-17 halftime lead.
The Quarriers continued to build their lead in the third quarter. They extended the lead to 63-36 heading into the fourth quarter, and then scored the first three points of the fourth quarter to lead 66-36 and trigger the running clock for the rest of the game.
Dell Rapids shot 47% (27-57) from the field, 36% (9-25) from three-point area, and 71% (15-21) from the free-throw line. Tiospa Zina finished 33% (18-54) from the field, 20% (3-15) from three-point area, and 54% (7-13) from the free-throw line. Dell Rapids out-rebounded the Wambdi 35-26 in the game.
Brayden Pankonen had 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Colin Rentz finished with 18 points, six rebounds, three steals, and three assists. Carter Nelson added 13 points, five rebounds, and three blocks. Landon Ruesink also had double figures with 11 points and five rebounds. Connor Rentz had nine points, eight assists, and four rebounds. Coby Maeschen had a team-high eight rebounds as well as two assists.
Dell Rapids will travel to Flandreau on Tuesday, February 2nd. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.