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Photo by Wayne Crick Missa Webb knocks the ball loose from Aspen's Fiona Lupi's hands while Webb's teammates Saydee Culver and Aubrey Jones look on. Aspen's Maeve McGuire, 24, is also pictured. Delta won the game 44-22.

With a pair of wins last week, Delta's Panthers are 4-1 in 3A WSL and 11-4 overall. Two other teams (Cedaredge and Moffat County) also carry 4-1 league marks.

Last week's games were with Aspen (Feb. 2) and Gunnison (Feb. 3). Delta defeated Aspen 44-22 and ran away from the Cowboys in a 59-37 decision.

Delta 44, Aspen 22

A whole lot of defense and a good amount of offense mixed together provided the theme in Delta's win against the Skiers.

Delta's defense smothered the Skiers offense allowing just seven points to be scored in the first half.

The Panthers' offense wasn't a joy to behold in the first quarter as they generated just two points to trail 6-2 heading into the second quarter. A 10-1 run in the second frame quelled any further thoughts of an Aspen upset and Delta had a 12-7 lead at the break.

Delta's offense found some rhythm in the second half and outscored Aspen 32-15 to record the 44-22 decision.

Emily Baier paced Delta's offense with 12 points and Ciara Sanchez matched that total for the visiting Skiers.

Denise Medina tossed in 14 points to lead Delta's junior varsity to a 39-11 win in a preliminary game.

Delta 59, Gunnison 37

Emily Nortnik funneled 20 points through the nets, in three quarters of play, to lead Delta to an important win. Emily Baier contributed nine points to the Panthers win.

Delta's defense was stellar in all but the second quarter, where the Cowboys scored 17 points.

Delta led 26-21 at halftime and put the game away with a 33-16 second half of play.

Gunnison's Jarren Howard had 14 points to lead the Cowboys' offense.

The Panthers are in position to move up in 3A WSL standings.

A few key wins against WSL foes Cedaredge (Feb. 7 in Delta), Roaring Fork (Feb. 11 in Carbondale), Moffat County (Feb. 17 in Craig) and a win against league-leading Grand Valley (Feb. 18 in Delta) could send the Panthers to the top of the standings.

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