Coach says 71-42 loss a learning lesson
January 09. 2014 2:19PM
After a 71-42 thumping Saturday at the hands of the Lady Huskies of Elk Point-Jefferson, many Lady Quarriers may want to forget about the weekend road trip. But coach Jeff Dvorak said it’s paramount his team remembers the lessons learned in the loss.
Dell Rapids’ shaky play early had the Class ‘A’ second-ranked EPJ enjoying a double-digit lead at half. The 16-point deficit grew to 31 by games end.
“To be honest, we were all a little embarrassed by our performance last Saturday,” Dvorak said. “As a young team, it is vital that we learn from these types of games.”
Dvorak said Lady Quarrier guards need to better handle strong, athletic defenders.
“(EPJ’s) Keely Bertram is an all-state player who, plain and simple, took over the game with her defense,” he said. “We turned the ball over repeatedly to her and she shot lay-ups.”
Bertram led all scorers with 31 points.
Poor ball handling throughout the contest cost Dell Rapids opportunities for points. The Lady Quarriers turned the ball over 22 times, and shot 33 percent from the field.
Mikaela Stofferahn led the Lady Quarriers with 16 points, seven rebounds and two steals. Brittany Kludt scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds.
“Our posts played pretty well, but we cannot be half of a team. We need to have our ball handlers improve when the going gets tough,” Dvorak said. “We must continue to grow. It is obvious what areas we need to improve on, and we will.”
The loss pushed Dell Rapids’ record to 3-2, and 2-1 in conference play.