The West Central Trojans erased a 19-10 deficit in the second half to defeat the Dell Rapids Quarriers in girls basketball on Tuesday, January 15th, in Dell Rapids 36-28. The Quarriers held a 10-5 lead after the first quarter and led 19-10 at halftime. The Trojans outscored Dell Rapids 12-5 in the third quarter, but the Quarriers still led 26-22 after the third quarter. The Trojans closed the gap to 26-25 before Karen Eddy hit a basket at the 3:20 mark in the fourth quarter to extend the Dell Rapids lead to 28-25, but West Central would close the game on an 11-0 run for the 36-28 win.
The Quarriers shot 25% from the field in the game and committed 21 turnovers. Julia Rice led Dell Rapids with 10 points in the game. Eddy added six points, while Corynn Hoff and Brittany Kludt each had four points apiece. Dell Rapids was 6-12 from the free throw line. Madison Kuehl led the Trojans with nine points. Hunter Mathieu, Brooklyn Ketcham, and Makenna Macdonald all had six points each in the game. West Central was 14-23 from the free throw line, including 6-6 in the third quarter.
Head coach Jeff Dvorak said, “Games like these are a real punch in the gut. You can feel it coming and there just seems to be nothing to stop that momentum. Our defense was solid all night and we’ll certainly take that as a plus. The majority of points we gave up were off of our own turnovers. We have to find a way to stay poised when teams start to take chances and get up in our face. In the big picture we are not that far away from being where we want to be. Tonight it was one thing: we needed to handle tight, switching defenders – I believe that is a fixable problem.”
Dell Rapids falls to 3-8 on the year. They will travel to Beresford to take on the Watchdogs on Tuesday, January 22nd.