DeWall paces Quasars past Wolves
LAKE PARK, Iowa -- Southwest Star Concept had 10 girls score a point Monday night, including four in double digits, as the Quasars built a 41-11 halftime lead and earned a 72-29 non-conference basketball victory over the Harris-Lake Park Wolves in their season-opener.
Brooke DeWall topped SSC with 19 points, seven rebounds, five steals and a shot block, while Michelle Olsem (12), Breanna Rients (10) and Katey Granstra (10) also scored in double figures.
SSC jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the game's first four minutes. DeWall scored six of those points, while Rients (three steals, three assists) hit a three-pointer from the right corner, and Adri Rasche scored in the paint.
Leah Elsbecker (team-high seven points) scored a bucket for the Wolves to make it 11-4, but SSC stretched its lead to 23-6 by the end of the initial period.
Syd Place (nine assists, four steals, six points) scored a pair of baskets on give-and-go plays from DeWall, who, along with Olsem and Sarah Frodermann (four points, two steals), scored on an offensive-rebound chance to spark the Quasars during that quarter-ending 12-2 run.
SSC, which had 16 team steals and forced the Wolves into several turnovers, continued to extend its bulge in the second quarter, as Place and Rients were the catalysts in helping the Quasars outscore H-LP by 13 points in the frame.
Some second-quarter highlight plays for the Quasars were an over-the-top pass from Place to Olsem for a hoop, a Rients steal and lay-up, and a drive-and-dish from Place to Granstra (six rebounds, two shot blocks) for a basket.
Leading 41-11 at intermission, SSC scored the first 16 points of the third quarter. Rasche scored twice inside to the start the surge before DeWall scored three straight baskets.
H-LP's Jena Peters and Bryanna Gath each scored a bucket in the last two minutes of the period, setting the Wolves up for a strong final quarter.
The Wolves won the fourth quarter by a score of 14-11, as Elsbecker hit a couple of mid-range jumpers and found Laura Rowe for a lay-up with a nice pass on the break.
Peters scored on a put-back basket for the Wolves, Sara Hibma connected on two free throws and a lay-up, and Laura Rolfes made two free throws to fuel H-LP.
SSC's Michaela Rasche had a trio of assists late in the game, while Jenna Leopold scored on a quick baseline drive. The Quasars' largest lead of the night was 63-15 early in the fourth quarter.
Both teams play again tonight, with SSC (1-0) traveling to Luverne, and H-LP (0-2) visiting Round Lake-Brewster.
SSC 23 18 20 11 -- 72
H-LP 6 5 4 14 -- 29
SSC (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Voehl 0-1-0-2, Rients 1-3-1-10, Frodermann 0-2-0-4, Leopold 0-1-0-2, DeWall 0-8-3-19, Post 0-0-1-1, Place 0-3-0-6, Rasche 0-3-0-6, Olsem 0-6-0-12, Granstra 0-5-0-10. Totals: 1-32-5-72.
H-LP (3PT-2PT-FT-TP): Joens 0-1-2-4, Rowe 0-1-0-2, Rolfes 0-1-2-4, Elsbecker 0-3-1-7, Hibma 0-1-2-4, Gath 0-2-0-4, Peters 0-2-0-4. Totals: 0-11-7-29.
Central Lyon 72, H-BC 34
HILLS -- Behind a 45-point second half, Central Lyon defeated Hills-Beaver Creek, 72-34 Monday night.
Central Lyon (2-0) was led by Brittany Klinkenborg with 20 points, while Mary Schlueshner had 10 points. Sabrina Sieperda had eight steals for the Lions.
Brooke Tilstra had eight points for the Patriots (0-1).
H-BC will travel to Pipestone tonight.
Hills-Beaver Creek 17 17 -- 34
Central Lyon 27 45 -- 72