After the first quarter, however, the Quarriers led by an overwhelming mark of 18-3. Discussing this hiccup, Coach Jamie Parish stated, "The game didn't start the way we would have liked."
The Tanager girls overcame the slow start by gradually making a game out of what initially looked like a blowout. At halftime, the feisty Tanagers were down by a much closer score of 29-18. The comeback didn't stop there.
After an intensely played third quarter and a margin differential of 9 points, the girls were down by only 2, 37-35.
It came down to the final stretch, the fourth quarter, and the Tanagers had their poor start in the back of their minds. Coach Parish said, "When the game gets tight our kids do a pretty good job of finishing." And that they did. The varsity girls finished strong on a 16-7 scoring streak that lasted until the final buzzer.
The Tanagers outscored the Quarriers in the final three periods by an outstanding mark of 48-26, completing the three-quarter comeback with a victory of 51-44.
The Tanagers were led in points by Alicia Brown with 16, Annie Roche – 15 and Chelsea Gauer finishing with 12. On the boards, Alicia Brown completed the double-double with 10 rebounds, and Krista Froke chipped in eight off the glass. Brown and Rachel Odens led the team with three steals each, and Froke finished the contest with three assists.
For the Quarriers, Whitney Lickteig and Meghan Paul led their team in scoring with 18 and 11. Taylor Richter had five points and eight rebounds, Lickteig had three steals Sarah Leber led in assists with two.
Coach Parish's comments: "What a great win for our kids. Chelsea Gauer got us started with a couple of three pointers to get the offense going. After the first quarter, we got into our full court press and caused Dell (Rapids) some difficulties. We are going to continue to work hard to improve every day, we are happy to be where we are at this time but realize we have several things to work on to reach our team goals."
For total team statistics, the Tanagers finished shooting at a low clip of 15 of 38 from the field, but were able to make up for it by connecting on six of 11 threes from the land of plenty. Also, the girls finished with 11 turnovers, 15 fouls and 28 rebounds.