Quarriers tested in recent wins
February 19. 2013 4:04PM
Two more wins have the Quarriers boys basketball team red hot heading toward postseason action. But wins against Lennox and Harrisburg last week didn’t come easy.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, Dell Rapids traveled to Harrisburg where the Quarriers were able to hang on for a 53-47 win.
In the first quarter, the Quarriers worked an 11-7 edge over the Tigers. But winds changed in the second quarter when Harrisburg found more offensive success. Tiger shooters scored 16 points in the quarter while holding the Quarriers to eight points.
Dell Rapids head coach Jason Fersdahl said the team’s free-throw shooting hindered the Quarriers.
“We did not shoot as well as we have in the past from the free throw line,” he said. “We need to improve our shooting consistency to continue to win tight games.”
Dell Rapids shot 55 percent from the stripe.
In the second half, points came a little easier for the orange and black. Effective ball movement sparked a 22-12 run in the third quarter to all but seal the win for the Quarriers.
“Offensively, we did not move the ball very well in the first half,” Fersdahl said. “When we started moving more in the third quarter, we were able to get high percentage shots and break down Harrisburg's defense.”
Cole Langer led the Quarriers with 21 points and seven rebounds. Bryce Koch finished with 14 points, and Zach White recorded 10 points along with seven rebounds.
Friday night the Quarriers brought their winning streak to eight games in a thriller against Lennox in Dell Rapids.
Fersdahl said the Quarriers hit their stride early in the game.
“Our first half against Lennox was some of the best basketball we have played all year,” he said. “We really dominated the rebounding battle.“
Koch led the assault on the boards with 19. Langer had 10.
The 14-point halftime lead turned out to be a blessing for the Quarriers late in the game when the basket seemed to shrink for the home team.
"We did not shoot the ball very well, especially in the second half,” Fersdahl said. “I was pleased that we continued to work for high percentage shots on offense, but it was just one of those nights where the shots just would not go in.”
Dell Rapids shot just 32 percent from the field, 17 of 46, to Lennox’s 46 percent, 17 of 34.
Offensive leaders for the Quarriers were Koch with 22 points and 19 rebounds.
The Quarriers committed only seven turnovers.
Fersdal said the Quarriers are clicking as a unit when it matters most.
"We are building some good momentum heading into post season play,” he said. “We wanted to be playing our best basketball of the season as we approach districts, and I think we are beginning to do that.
"Our players are playing with much more confidence right now, and we really believe we can play with any team in the state.”
Dell Rapids is 14-5 on the season heading into their final regular season game Friday when the Quarriers host Pipestone.