The Dell Rapids Quarrier boys basketball team erased a first quarter deficit in Garretson on Tuesday, January 15th, on their way to a 60-51 win over the Garretson Blue Dragons. Garretson led 16-10 after the first quarter, but Dell Rapids took the lead into halftime 32-29. Garretson was able to cut the lead down to two, trailing Dell Rapids 44-42 after the third quarter. The Quarriers were able to hang on for the nine-point victory.
Head coach Jason Fersdahl said, “Garretson shot the ball extremely well to start the game, hitting four 3-point field goals in the first and early second quarter to jump out to an 18-10 lead. I was pleased that our team was able to respond to this early adversity as we really buckled down on both the offensive and defensive ends. Jacob Morris kept us in the game in the first half by hitting four 3-pointers and we were able to get high percentage shots against their zone defense once we attacked it from the middle.”
Bryce Koch and Cole Langer each recorded a double-double in the game. Koch had 17 points and 10 rebounds while Langer had 13 points and 10 rebounds. Morris added 15 points and five assists in the game. Matt Kolbeck came up with four steals on the defensive side of the ball. Garretson was led by Patrick Whetham with 13 points. The Quarriers shot 50% (23-46) from the field, 33% (6-18) from three-point area, and 61% (8-13) from the free throw line. The Blue Dragons shot 44% from the field, 36% from the three-point area, and 72% from the free throw line.
Fersdahl also said, “Our seniors really stepped up tonight as Jacob, Bryce and Cole led us on the offensive end and Matt Kolbeck and Spencer Kerzman helped harass Garretson’s shooters throughout the game. Offensively, we moved the ball much better against Garretson, and we ended the night with 16 assists on 23 made field goals.”
Dell Rapids improves to 6-4 on the year. The Quarriers travel to Madison to take on the Bulldogs on Thursday, January 17th.