Milbank scored the first two points of the game, and that was their only lead of the night. They tied the game a couple of times, but both times the Quarriers held tough to keep the lead. After the opening score by the Bulldogs, Dell Rapids scored 10 points in a row to lead 10-2 after the first quarter. Milbank scored the first eight points of the second quarter to tie the game 10-10, but Dell Rapids got the last basket of the half to lead 12-10 at halftime.
The game was again tied 15-15 with 5:35 to play in the third quarter. The Quarriers then went on a 10-0 run to lead 25-15 with 1:40 to go. They finished the third quarter leading 27-17. The Quarrier lead grew to 11 points at 37-26 with 3:00 to play in the game, but the Bulldogs made a late run. They sank three three-pointers in a row to cut the lead to 37-35 with 1:53 to go in the game, but Dell Rapids closed out the game on a 5-2 run for the win.
Defense was key for the Quarriers as they forced 29 Milbank turnovers, 15 of those being steals. Those steals helped secure the victory on a night Dell Rapids shot just 29% (13-45) from the field and 20% (4-20) on three-point shots. Dell Rapids had success at the foul line going 12-17 in the game.
Zoey Hilmoe had 12 points and four rebounds. Alli De Stigter finished with six points. Becky Dorn had five points and 10 rebounds. Maggie Schmidt ended with five points, four assists, and three steals. Claire Wynja also had five points in the game.
Dell Rapids (1-8) will host the West Central Trojans on Tuesday, January 19th. The game can be seen on Big Sioux Media.