In Dakota Valley’s first game of post-season play, the girls knew they had to win or were done for the season; but so did Lennox. DV faced Lennox in a nail-biter game that went back and forth and ended with DV winning by 1 point – 61-60.

Dakota Valley got off to an early lead with a 5-point difference ending the first quarter. The Panthers outscored the Orioles by 1 in the second quarter and 2 in the third quarter. It was the fourth quarter that had the crowd on both sides sitting on the edge of their seats. Lennox made a big run, upping their game and keeping DV to 14 points while they scored 21 to end just 1 shy of winning.

“This game was exciting buzzer to buzzer,” head coach Tammy Lilly said. “Both teams gave their all and didn’t want to have their seasons come to an end. Hats off to Lennox for playing hard and leaving everything on the floor. Jorja VanDenHul hit two big 3s in the 4th quarter at crucial times for us. Brooke Carlson did a great job on the offensive boards and finding offensive put-backs.”

Rylee Rosenquist led the team with 23 points and 4 steals and drew a charge. Rachel Rosenquist put up 17 points, pulled down 6 rebounds and also drew a charge. The team pulled down 10 offensive and 10 defensive rebounds, kept their turnovers to 7 and had 14 assists and 7 steals.

Dakota Valley will continue their run in the SoDak 16 in Harrisburg against Tea Area at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4. The winner of that game will move on to the South Dakota State Tournament in Watertown March 11-13.