After opening up the 2020-2021 boys basketball season in Dell Rapids on December 11th, the West Central Trojans saw their season come to an end in Dell Rapids on Friday, March 5th in the Region 3A tournament.
The Quarriers got out to a very quick lead in the first quarter and built it to a 16-point advantage at the first quarter break, 21-5. That deficit was too much to overcome for the Trojans. Dell Rapids added to the lead in the second quarter and led 36-19 at halftime.
West Central made a valiant come-back effort in the second half. The Trojans held Dell Rapids to just seven points in the third quarter and trimmed a 17-point halftime deficit down to six points heading into the final quarter, 43-37. The boys in blue got within four points at 47-43 with 5:27 to go in the game, but Dell Rapids made one more run. They went on a 5-0 run to get the lead back to nine points 52-43, with 3:30 to play. The Quarriers then finished the game on a 13-9 advantage for the 65-52 victory.
The Trojans finished the game shooting 39% (18-46) from the field, 28% (7-25) from three-point area, and 64% (9-14) from the free-throw line.
Hunter Hagerty finished with 14 points to lead the Trojans in scoring. Grafton Stroup added 11 points that included three made three-pointers. Derek Eidsness had seven points, eight rebounds, and three assists, while Kasan Abedi had seven points, three assists, and two rebounds. Jaxon Skinner finished with four points and four rebounds.
West Central’s season ended with an overall record of 14-8.