Quarriers stay perfect in conference play
January 09. 2014 2:27PM
The Quarriers got off to a rocky start Saturday in Elk Point, but took command in the second period and never let go. Dell Rapids beat Elk Point-Jefferson 66-55 and stayed perfect in Dakota XII Conference play.
Quarrier head coach Jason Fersdahl credited the comeback to a commitment to consistent rebounding, hustle and defensive tenacity all game long.
“I am proud of our team for coming together and overcoming a rough start in the first quarter by digging in and playing aggressive defense and beating EPJ on the boards,” he said.
Dell Rapids outrebounded the Huskies 39-30, in part due to a 14 rebound effort by senior Cody Nielsen. Nielsen also had a game-high 23 points.
“Cody played a great overall game, leading us in scoring and rebounding and making a ton of hustle plays that often go unnoticed,” Fersdahl said.
Other leading scorers for the Quarriers were Ty Hoglund and Zane Schumaker, who each scored 14 points. Schumaker also led the team in assists with four.
Despite the strong offensive night – Dell Rapids shot 58 percent from the field, Fersdahl said defensive play put the distance between the Quarriers and the Huskies.
“We thought going in to the game that we could use our speed and athleticism to force EPJ into some turnovers, and we were able to do that, especially in the second half,” he said.
Dell Rapids’ Ben Hammer had six blocked shots, and the Quarriers forced 11 steals and 12 turnovers.
“Ben did a good job on the defensive end by controlling the paint and blocking shots (and) altering many others,” Fersdahl said.
The win brings Dell Rapids record to 3-1, and 3-0 in conference play.
“Every Dakota XII Conference game this season will be difficult,” Fersdahl said. “We look forward to continuing our strong start in conference play.”
The Quarriers traveled to Pipestone, Minn. Tuesday, and host Beresford Thursday.