The Tea Area Titans used a big fourth quarter run to defeat the Dell Rapids Quarriers 57-36 Friday, December 14th, in Tea. The game was close for the first three quarters. The Titans had an 11-10 lead after the first quarter and a 23-21 lead at halftime. The game was tied at 29-29 with 1:00 left in the third quarter before Tea ended the quarter with a 6-1 run to take a 35-30 lead into the fourth quarter. Tea opened up with a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 12, and cruised from there on their way to the win.
Dell Rapids was led by Bryce Koch with 13 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocked shots on the night. Zach White added eight points for the Quarriers. Connor Shaull had 12 points for Tea, and Riley Knutson
had 11 points. The Quarriers had a tough night offensively as a team, shooting just 30% (14-64) from the field, and just 12% (2-17) from 3-point area. The Titans also held quite an advantage from the free throw line. Dell Rapids was 4-10, while Tea was 20-25 from the charity stripe. The Quarriers also commited 18 turnovers in the game, while Tea committed just 10.
Head Coach Jason Fersdahl said, “We ran into a tough, experienced Tea Area team that played excellent defense the entire night. We knew going in that Tea would play great defense, but they were really able to take us out of what we wanted to do with their speed, strength, and athleticism. We struggled the whole night putting the ball in the basket and we gave Tea some easy scoring opportunities in the 4th quarter with turnovers which lead to transition opportunities. Our keys going into the game were to outrebound them (which we did) and stop them in transition, which we struggled with all night.”
Dell Rapids falls to 2-1 on the season, and 1-1 in the Big Sioux Conference. The Quarriers will host Elk Point-Jefferson on Tuesday, December 21st.