Quarriers cling to lead, hold on for conference win
January 21. 2014 11:10AM
A 21-point, first-half lead vanished late against Sioux Falls Christian, but the Quarriers hung on for the 61-57 win over the Chargers Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Dell Rapids.
Effective ball movement had the Quarriers out and running through the first two quarters of play as they built toward a 43-21 lead at halftime.
“We played our best basketball of the season thus far in the first half,” said Jason Fersdahl, head coach of the Quarriers. “Our pressure defense had SFC frustrated and we were able to convert their turnovers into transition points early.”
Dell Rapids forced 10 steals and blocked six shots.
The Chargers continued to battle and chipped away at the deficit throughout the remainder of the game.
“We knew that Sioux Falls Christian was too good of a team to not make a strong second-half run, and they were able to do that in the fourth quarter,” Fersdahl said.
Poor shooting from the free throw line – the Quarriers shot 9 of 25 from the charity stripe – gave the Chargers hope until the final seconds ticked off the clock.
“Offensively, we got stagnant in the second half, and when you are not making free throws, things tend to tighten up even more,” Fersdahl said.
Dell Rapids senior Ty Hoglund led all scorers with 20 points. He also had a good night passing the ball, recording five assists. Cody Nielsen added 19 points for the Quarriers, and Zach White scored 16. White tallied eight rebounds.
It took an extra five minutes of basketball to decide Saturday’s game between the Quarriers and Cheyenne-Eagle Butte after a buzzer-beating putback by Dell Rapids’ White sent the game to overtime. But consistent Braves shooting throughout the contest lifted CEB past the Quarriers for the 85-81 win in Dell Rapids.
“This was a very entertaining game that had the feel of a state tournament game, but unfortunately for us, we came up just short against a hot-shooting CEB team,” Fersdahl said.
The Quarriers jumped out to an early lead, and took a 27-15 advantage into the second quarter, but turnovers gave the Braves momentum that they rode for the rest of the game.
“Credit to them, they seized the momentum and then got really hot from the perimeter in the second half, and many of their made three pointers were from well beyond the NBA-range,” Fersdahl said.
White paced Dell Rapids with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Zane Schumaker added 17 points for the Quarriers, while Hoglund added 14 points and eight rebounds. Nielsen chipped in for Dell Rapids with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
“I think this game can make our team a lot better and that we learned some things that we really need to work on to continue playing teams tough,” Fersdahl said.
Brave’s guard Creighton LeBeau put on a show, making seven 3-pointers on his way to a 29-point night. Xavier Norris added 26 points for CEB.
“We knew coming in that Norris and LeBeau were great shooters who were capable of putting up a lot of points, and they did just that,” Fersdahl said.
The Quarriers entered this week with a 6-2 overall record, and 5-0 in Dakota XII Conference play.
|Joe Sneve / Dell Rapids Tribune
Quarrier forward Zach White shoots over a Charger defender Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Dell Rapids.