A relentless defense and a fast-paced offense by the Dell Rapids Quarriers was too much for West Central in the opening game of the 2020-2021 season. Dell Rapids used an 11-0 run early in the first quarter to cruise to a 62-42 win over the Trojans at home on Friday, December 11th.
After the Trojans scored the first basket of the game, the Quarriers went on an 11-0 run to lead 11-2 with 3:49 in the opening quarter and never looked back. Dell Rapids led 17-7 after the first quarter. The lead grew to 35-12 midway through the second quarter. West Central closed out the first half on a 9-4 run, but trailed 39-21 at halftime.
The pressure by the Quarriers continued in the second half. The lead grew to 53-31 by the end of the third quarter. Dell Rapids then started the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 62-31 with 6:13 to go in the game, which triggered the running clock the rest of the game.
The Dell Rapids defense forced 24 West Central turnovers, 15 of those were steals by the Quarriers. The Trojans were just 15-47 (32%) from the field in the game while Dell Rapids finished 24-53 (45%).
Three players finished in double figures for the Quarriers. Colin Rentz led the team with 14 points, eight steals, six assists, and five rebounds. Connor Rentz added 12 points, five rebounds, three steals, and three assists. Brayden Pankonen had 11 points in the game. Carter Nelson finished with nine points and six rebounds, and Landon Ruesink had eight points, five rebounds, and three assists.
Dell Rapids (1-0) will host Baltic on Monday, December 14th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.