The Dakota Valley girls basketball team, in a double header with the boys, hosted Tea Area and came out on top. However, a tie, 69, at the end of the fourth quarter pushed the game into overtime. Putting up another 12 points to Tea Area’s 4 gave DV the win 81-73.

Rylee Rosenquist racked up 32 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. She took a charge during the game and had 5 deflections.

Grace Bass had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 steals and a deflection.

Peyton Tritz added 16 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and steals, 2 charges and a deflection.

Also adding to the score were Ella Reifenrath, Brooke Carlson and Sophie Tuttle. Tuttle pulled down 6 rebounds and stole the ball 4 times.

“This was such an exciting game,” head coach Tammy Lilly said. “Tea [Area] is a very good basketball team and we knew going in it would be a game of runs and the team that could withstand the opponent’s run and come back with their own would pull this one out. We got off to a good start in the first quarter and made our first run, they battled back in the second and made it a 5-point game going into halftime. Tea [Area] took the lead in the 3rd quarter with their big run.

“We challenged our girls to secure every rebound late in the 4th quarter and OT and be sure to not give up more that one shot opportunity,” Lilly said. “We also challenged them to make every single hustle play. Our girls responded! Peyton [Tritz] hit a couple of big 3s late in the 4th quarter, Rylee [Rosenquist] scored 5 straight points in the last minute of the game and had an assist to Ella Reifenrath for a bucket. We outscored them 12-4 in OT. Such a great battle between two DAK-12 teams who also share Region 4!”

Turning around and playing Hartington Cedar Catholic in Hartington, NE Dec. 21 seemed no problem for the Panthers, as they dominated the floor in every quarter, winning the game 67-28. The Panthers kept the Trojans to under 10 points in every quarter but the fourth, when they allowed them to get exactly 10 – 6, 7, 5, 10. Dakota Valley had over 10 points in every quarter –10, 17, 20, 20.

Rosenquist had 29 points, 7 steals, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Carlson followed with 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Tritz and Carlson each had 3 steals. Tritz pulled down 8 rebounds and had 4 deflections.

The girls continued their season Tuesday, Dec. 28 in the Parkston Classic against Corsica Stickney and Friday, Dec. 31 at the Sanford Pentagon against Sisseton. The first game of the new year will be played Tuesday, Jan. 4 at Sergeant Bluff-Luton in a double-header with the boys.