January 22. 2013 4:19PM
Dell Rapids fell to Madison 63-45 in the Corn Palace Thursday night in the Quarriers’ first Hansen Classic contest.
The Quarriers kept the contest competitive during the first half, but watched a 31-29 halftime deficit expand to 53-37 by the end of the third quarter.
“We had to fight extremely hard to get back into the game, which we did by outscoring Madison 20-11 in the second quarter,” said Jason Fersdahl, head coach of the Quarriers.
But Dell Rapids was unable to continue its strong second quarter play in the second half and Madison went on a big run to start the third quarter and the Quarriers were unable to recover.
“I thought we played some of our best basketball of the season in the 2nd quarter against a tough Madison team,” Fersdahl said. “But once again, we turned the ball over too much throughout the game.”
Dell Rapids committed 18 turnovers in the game.
“We need to become focused and locked in on every possession on both offense and defense to begin playing more consistently as we have now passed the half-way point of the season.
Cole Langer led the Dell Rapids offense with 14 points. Langer and Bryce Koch each had eight rebounds.
For the Bulldogs, Trae VandeBerg had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Night two at the Corn Palace had a better result for the Quarriers, who defeated Aberdeen-Roncalli 72-65.
Fersdahl said a his players didn’t settle in their shot selection.
“Offensively, I thought we showed much more patience and we were able to get the high percentage shot attempts that we are looking for in our offense,” he said.
Koch and Langer took advantage of scoring opportunities and finding the open teammates cutting to the basket, Fersdahl said.
“Ty Hoglund did a nice job of pushing the ball in transition when the opportunity was there and running our half court offense when we did not have a break opportunity,” he said.
Success at the charity stripe late in the game sealed the victory for the Quarriers. Dell Rapids went 18 of 25 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
A close contest from start to finish, the Quarriers started their week off with a win Garretson Tuesday, Jan. 15.
Garretson got off to a hot shooting start and hit four three-pointers in by early second quarter taking an 18-10 lead.
But Dell Rapids responded by tightening up both offensively and defensively and took a 32-29 halftime lead.
“Jacob Morris kept us in the game in the first half by hitting four three-pointers, and we were able to get high percentage shots against their zone defense once we attacked it from the middle,” Fersdahl said.
Ball movement opened up the offense for the Quarriers, he said.
“Offensively, we moved the ball much better against Garretson and we ended the night with 16 assists on 23 made field goals,” Fersdahl said.
Koch scored 17 points for the Quarriers, Morris added 15 and Langer had 13.
Koch and Langer each had 10 rebounds.
Dell Rapids’ Matt Kolbeck positions himself agaisnt a Madison Bulldog defender Thursday night at the Corn Palace.