The Dakota Valley girls basketball team began their season with a win Saturday, Dec. 4 over Dupree. The game, played in Pierre, resulted in a 14-point spread with DV on top, 63-49.

The Panthers got off to a fast start, scoring 25 points in the first quarter to the Tigers’ 8. However, a second quarter slump saw the Tigers take the lead at halftime 29-28. A third quarter rally brought the Panthers up to 45, five points ahead of the Tigers. Keeping the Tigers to under 10 points in the fourth quarter, the Panthers rolled on to take the win.

Rylee Rosenquist led the team with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals.

Grace Bass and Peyton Tritz broke double digit scoring with 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Brooke Carlson added 8 rebounds to the team’s 33.

“We got off to a great start in the first quarter,” head coach Tammy Lilly said. “Our full court pressure caused turnovers and we were able to turn those into buckets on our end. We had great scoring separation, with five girls scoring from the field that first quarter. We got into foul trouble late in the first quarter, early in the second. Dupree played well in the second quarter and took over the lead going into halftime. We played really well in the fourth quarter. Moving forward we need to shoot better from the free throw line.

“It was a great start to our season,” Lilly concluded.