Delta's Panthers participated in a pair of basketball games this past week.
A short trip to Montrose to face 5A/4A competition resulted in losses for both the girls and boys teams. The girls fell 42-28 while the boys lost 62-43.
Saturday's games against Gunnison produced a win for the girls, 50-31, and a second straight loss for the boys, 55-54.
Montrose 42, Delta 28
Delta's girls brought shovels to the game instead of precision shooting sights. A slow start, offensively, for both teams generated a less than admirable 6-2 lead for the Indians after one period of action.
Montrose was able to step up its game in the second quarter to score 12 points while the Panthers were still busy digging a hole for themselves after a one-point effort.
The Indians (10-4 SWL) weren't defensively motivated as they were in the first half and allowed Delta, who was more offensively motivated, outscore them 16-10, cutting the Indians' lead to 28-19.
In the final stanza Delta's offense was held to single-digit scoring in a 14-9 Montrose run.
Janey Alex led Montrose scorers with 12 points for the game.
Delta 50, Gunnison 31
Emily Baier led the Panthers, with an eight-point performance, on a 14-2 opening quarter run.
Baier added four more points in the second quarter and Joyclie Webb hit a 3-pointer to pace Delta's 13-point effort. Gunnison also tallied 13 counters, with five players scoring at least two points each.
Delta's 12-point halftime lead was lifted to 19 points on a 9-2 Panther run in the third quarter. Baier's five points paced Delta's offense in the period.
Gunnison (0-0, 3-5) got six points from Maddie Nelson in the final period helping the Cowboys match Delta's 14 points the final eight minutes of play.
Baier's 19 points led all scorers in the game with Emily Nortnik's 10 counters next high for the Panthers. Nelson's six points stood up as the Cowboys' top scorer in the loss.
Montrose 62, Delta 43
Final statistics for this game were not available prior to final formatting of this article.
Gunnison 55, Delta 54
Nothing had been established after one period of play as each team netted 16 points at the end of eight minutes of play.
Delta's Kyle Mock and Gunnison's Lane Mangum scored six points apiece to pace their respective team's offense in the first quarter.
The game stayed close in the second period with the Cowboys oozing ahead 27-24 at halftime.
Jaspar Carmichael scored four of his eight points in the game on four for four free throw shooting in the third quarter. Jose Alarcon had four of the Cowboys 10 points helping Gunnison match Delta's 10 markers for the quarter.
Jon Robinson was six for six at the free throw line in the fourth quarter and Mock hit a pair of 3s to lead the Panthers on a 20-18 run that fell just short in a 55-54 loss.
Alarcon was busy for Gunnison in the final period with numerous drives to the rim for field goals or free throws amounting to 13 points for the speedy playmaker.
The Panthers had one of their best games at the charity stripe hitting 19 of 22 attempted shots. Robinson was eight of nine, Carmichael was six of seven and Mock hit all four of his shots. Beau Byers was good on one of his two shots at the line.
Alarcon finished with 21 points for the Cowboys and Mangum added 17 for the winners. Delta's top point-producers were Mock with 14 and Robinson with 12.
Gunnison improved to 3-5 on the season while Delta dropped to 3-5 as well. Neither team has played a league contest to date.
Delta faced league foe Cedaredge in Cedaredge on Jan. 17 and is at Telluride on Jan. 20 (6/7:30 p.m., girls varsity/boys varsity).
Saturday finds the Panthers on the road to Basalt for a rematch with the Longhorns at 2:30 (girls varsity) and 4 p.m. (boys varsity).