Last weekend's basketball games were a mixture of ups and downs for Delta High School's girls. On Friday, Montrose visited the Panthers and refused to give any quarter for the first eight minutes of the game. The Indians executed their offense to perfection to roll to a 19-2 lead and then held on to register a 43-32 non-conference win.
On Saturday the Panthers rebounded with solid efforts at both ends of the court for a big 51-25 decision conference win over the visiting Gunnison Cowboys.
Montrose 43, Delta 32
Two free throws from junior Jenna Sutliff were the only points the Montrose defense allowed in an opening quarter run of 19-2. Janey Alex scored eight of her game-high 12 points in the period.
The Panthers rebounded to stabilize any further widening of the scoring differential with a 10-7 second quarter and trailed 26-12 at halftime.
Delta outscored the Indians 20-17 in the second half but could not erase the huge lead Montrose had established in the first quarter.
"It wasn't that we didn't play well technically; we couldn't make a shot," noted Delta head coach Kyle Crowder.
Delta did finish nine of 15 from the free throw line but missed a ton of shots outside the paint all game long.
Aubrey Jones was Delta's leading scorer with 10 points.
Montrose won the junior varsity contest 32-17.
Delta 51, Gunnison 25
Delta, 2-0 and 6-2, got back on the winning side of the ledger with a big win at home against the Cowboys. Sophomore Sara Geddes scored seven of her 11 points for the Panthers in the first quarter helping Delta roll to a 12-6 advantage after one quarter.
The Panthers stepped up their offensive output in the second quarter and outscored Gunnison (0-1, 4-5) 19-7 to take a 31-13 halftime lead.
Second-half play saw much of the same offensive disparity with Delta scoring 20 points and Gunnison 12.
Junior Missa Webb held the hot hand with eight points in the third quarter and a total of 12 for the game to lead Delta scorers. Geddes finished with 11 points and junior Jenna Sutliff had nine. Hayden Powers had seven points to lead Gunnison shooters.
Delta won the junior varsity contest, 44-34, behind freshman Marci Schaal's 16 points, sophomore Sarah Bules' 12 and freshman Alexa Huff's 10 counters. Rianne Prosser scored 10 points to pace Gunnison's offense.
Delta has a busy week, which began on Tuesday with Cedaredge. The rest of the week features the Panthers against Telluride (0-3, 1-7 2A District 3) on Friday at 6 p.m. and a visit from Basalt (0-0, 3-7) on Saturday (4 p.m.).