Needing to wait an extra day, the Dell Rapids Quarrier girls fell to the Garretson Blue Dragons in the opening round of the Region 3A tournament in Garretson on Wednesday, February 24th. Garretson used a big fourth quarter to pull away 63-37.
The game was much closer than the final score might indicate. Garretson had an early lead, 9-5, with 3:53 to play in the opening quarter. Dell Rapids went on a 7-0 run and led 12-9 with 2:15 to play. The Blue Dragons ended the first quarter leading 16-15. Garretson then opened the second quarter on a 7-0 run for a 23-15 lead. The Quarriers got within two points at 25-23 with 3:45 left in the half. The Blue Dragons outscored Dell Rapids 7-2 the rest of the quarter for a 32-25 halftime lead.
Garretson used most of the third quarter to build a 15-point lead. The Blue Dragons led 41-26 with 1:30 in the quarter. The Quarriers ended the quarter on a 5-0 run and trailed 41-31 heading into the final quarter. Dell Rapids had a couple of opportunities to get the lead to single digits early in the fourth quarter only to see the shots just not fall. Those missed shots turned into fast break points on the other end for Garretson, and the Blue Dragons wore the Quarriers down. Garretson outscored Dell Rapids 22-7 in the final quarter.
Dell Rapids finished the game shooting 23% (13-57) from the field, 31% (8-26) from three-point area, and 3-for-6 from the free-throw line. Garretson shot 37% (26-70) from the field and out-rebounded Dell Rapids 51-28.
Claire Wynja finished with 12 points and three rebounds. Zoey Hilmoe had seven points, four steals, and three rebounds. Mady Vanoverbeke had six points, six rebounds, and four assists. Liz Prize also had six points along with three rebounds. Haileigh Barnhart had three points, four rebounds, and two assists, and Alli De Stigter also had three points.
The Quarriers 2020-2021 season ends with a 5-16 record.