After trailing 7-0 in the first couple of minutes of the game, the Dell Rapids Quarriers went on a 19-4 run and never looked back in a 63-43 win over the Baltic Bulldogs on Monday, February 1st.
The Quarriers played an aggressive, physical style of defense all night long which caused problems for the Bulldogs. Dell Rapids forced 25 turnovers, 13 of those coming off steals. Dell Rapids also played aggressively on offense, getting themselves to the foul line 23 times. The Quarriers were 15-23 from the free-throw line, while Baltic was just 6-7.
The Bulldogs scored the first seven points of the game, five of those from Sami Polzin, for an early 7-0 lead. The Quarriers then went on a 19-4 run the remainder of the quarter and led 19-11 after the first quarter. Baltic cut into the lead in the second quarter, but Dell Rapids still led 31-26 at halftime.
The Quarriers grabbed complete control of the game midway through the third quarter. Holding a five-point lead at 36-31, Dell Rapids went on a 12-4 run for a 48-35 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Dell Rapids continued to build on their lead in the fourth quarter for the win.
Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 47% (21-45) from the field, 33% (6-18) from three-point area, and 65% (15-23) from the free-throw line. The Quarriers had a total of 24 team rebounds, 14 team assists, and 13 team steals.
Zoey Hilmoe had 16 points, three rebounds, three steals, and three assists. Mady Vanoverbeke had 15 points. Claire Wynja had 12 points. Haileigh Barnhart finished with nine points, seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Becky Dorn had three points and five rebounds. Baltic was led by Polzin with 17 points and seven rebounds. Kylie Schneider had 10 points, and Cami Artz had eight points and seven rebounds.
Dell Rapids (3-11) will travel to Flandreau to play the Fliers. Tip-off for the varsity game is scheduled for about 6:30 p.m. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.