Delta's Panthers made a run at the 3A WSL title last weekend but came up just short. A win both nights could have handed the team title to Delta. Unfortunately, the Panthers stumbled in Parachute with a 58-41 loss to Grand Valley and finished fourth in the team race with a 7-2 league mark and 14-5 overall.
Delta's victory (54-25) over Moffat County on Friday night was a convincing win, but, by process of sorting out the details of a four-way tie for the title, the Bulldogs became league champions with a 7-2 and 14-5 record.
Sandwiched in the middle of Moffat County and Delta were Grand Valley (7-2, 13-6) and Cedaredge, the leader for most of the season, (7-2, 17-2).
Delta 54, MoCo 25
The Panthers were determined to hold their ground in the team race and possibly move up with a win. An 18-7 first quarter was fueled by Missa Webb's eight points, and a parade of free throw shooting Panthers where 13 freebies were taken and six points scored.
Moffat County stayed cold, with the help of Delta's defense, and fell deeper into a hole with just two points coming on 13 free throw attempts in the second quarter. Delta posted another 13 points, with Jenna Sutliff's seven points leading the way.
The Panthers added another point to their lead in the third quarter to take a 41-18 lead to the final period of action.
Aubrey Jones scored seven of her 11 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Panthers on a 13-7 run to finish the game for a 54-25 victory.
Webb's 14 points led the Panthers, and all other scorers in the game. Jones' 11 counters were the second-most scored in the game with Sara Geddes finishing with eight points. Moffat County's Tiffany Hildebrandt and Jana Camilletti had seven points each for the Bulldogs.
Cardinals 58, Delta 41
The ball seemed to be a foreign object in the hands of Delta's Panthers in the middle quarters against Grand Valley on Saturday afternoon. Turnovers and missed shots accounted for just 10 points in the two middle quarters for Delta. Meanwhile, Grand Valley stormed to a comfortable lead with a 32-point production over the same time span. The Cardinals were leading 45-23 entering the last quarter.
Delta held its own in the first and fourth quarters with 31 points to 26 being scored by the Cardinals.
Geddes' 11 points topped Delta's point production with Keely Porter's nine counters next high for the Panthers.
Grand Valley's Shaya Chenowith scored 21 of her game-high 25 points in the two middle quarters where the Cardinals did most of their damage offensively. Other double-digit scorers for Grand Valley included Loghan Teter (15) and Jordyn Pittman (12).
Delta, the four seed in this week's district tournament, hosted number five Gunnison (4-5, 9-10) Tuesday night with the winner advancing to Central High School for semifinal and championship play on Friday and Saturday (Feb. 23-24).
A Delta win (Tuesday) would have the Panthers facing either 1 Moffat County or 7 Coal Ridge/10 Aspen at 4 p.m. Friday.
The third-place game is set for 9 a.m. and the title game for 12 noon on Saturday.