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ROUND LAKE -- It may have been Valentines Day, but Southwest Star Concept didn't show any love to host Round Lake-Brewster Thursday night.

With 14 points, SSC's Brooke DeWall passed her sister for third place on the all-time scoring list at SSC to lead the Quasars to their eighth straight victory with a 65-35 win over the Raiders in a girls' Red Rock Conference basketball game.

"We struggled offensively," Round Lake-Brewster head coach Neil Robinson said. "We weren't taking the shots when we were open. In the first eight minutes of the game, we were patient and looking for our shots. They came out and hit some outside shots and the momentum shifted."

Even though the final spread was 30 points, the game was tight early on.

"Our kids kept working hard; it was a battle for nine or 10 minutes," SSC head coach Les Knutson said. "I thought we were playing hard, but we weren't always coming up with baskets when we had opportunities. They came up with a lot of loose balls and converted them. I don't know if it was so much of what we were doing wrong, I just give them a lot of credit for hustling and making plays."

Krystle Doeden (seven points) started with a basket off the tip for RL-B, but Adri Rasche (14 points, eight rebounds) answered for SSC to even the score at 2-all.

Moments later a pair of baskets from Doeden gave the Raiders (1-16, 4-16) a 9-8 lead, but a three-point play from Rasche gave the Quasars (13-3, 17-6) an 11-9 lead.

After a jump shot from Beth Moshier tied the game at 11-all, the Quasars made their move.

Breanna Rients (eight assists) converted on a shot in the lane and Katey Granstra (career-high 13 points, six rebounds, four blocks) hit a pair of baskets to start a 22-4 run to end the first half, giving SSC a 33-15 lead at the break.

"Things went not so well for us early, and we were probably frustrated," Knutson said. "It would have been easy for us to get more frustrated and make more mistakes, but I thought we played through the frustrations and started to execute better."

Granstra started the second half with a basket for SSC, but Sarah Schmitz (13 points, six rebounds) answered for RL-B.

After the teams traded baskets, SSC went on a 22-2 run to open up a 59-21 lead.

After the score was tied at 11 early, RL-B struggled inside against a taller Quasar team that had nine blocks.

"We weren't taking the right angles to the hoop and we were getting stuck behind the hoop and not attacking and being aggressive," Robinson said. "We were hesitant and they were getting the blocked shots, so we'd pull back and try to shoot over top of them. It doesn't work when you're shooting over 6-1 people."

During the run, Rients hit SSC's lone trey of the night, while DeWall scored six points in the stretch to put her past Kirsten DeWall (1,238 career points) for third on the all-time scoring leaders with 1,245 points.

"It looked like they were trying to work it inside, so we tried to sag off," Robinson said. "In the first half, they really didn't take any outside shots. Rients came out in the second half and hit a big three for them and got things rolling, and that kind of opened the game up."

RL-B added points late in the game, but SSC came away with a 65-35 victory.

Along with nine blocks, SSC was able to use its height advantage to out rebound the Raiders, 39-21.

"Being tall helped us, there's no doubt about it," Knutson said.

With just three conference losses, SSC still has a chance to claim a share of the conference title, but needs help.

The Quasars will be on the court again Monday, when they host Ellsworth.

RL-B will also play again Monday, when the Raiders host Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin in a Red Rock Conference contest.

SSC 33 32 -- 65

RL-B 15 20 -- 35

SSC (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) A. Rasche 0-6-2-14, Granstra 0-6-1-13, Place 0-0-2-2, Rients 1-2-2-9, DeWall 0-6-2-14, Post 0-2-0-4, Olsem 0-2-1-5, Frodermann 0-1-0-2, M. Rasche 0-1-0-2. Totals 1-26-10-65.

RL-B (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) Doeden 0-3-1-7, K. Schmitz 0-1-0-2, Moshier 0-1-0-2, S. Schmitz 0-4-5-13, G. Cross 0-1-0-2, Riley 0-1-0-2, Meyer 0-2-0-4, A. Cross 0-1-0-2. Totals 0-14-7-35.