As the 2017-18 basketball campaign nears the end of regular season play, Delta High School's basketball teams are gearing up for strong finishes with hope of finishing high enough RPI ratings to advance to this year's 3A state basketball playoffs in early March.
Losses to Cedaredge by both teams mark the third loss to the Bruins for the girls and the second for the boys this season. Delta's boys won their first meeting with the Bruins in the First Colorado National Bank Tournament in December.
The girls fell to the Bruins 34-30 on Feb. 6 and the boys were eight-point losers in a 56-48 3A WSL meeting in Cedaredge.
A snowy trip to Carbondale on Saturday wasn't enough to keep Delta's girls from earning a hard fought 56-48 win.
For the second straight time, Delta's boys failed to keep up with the Bruins in the early going and dropped a 62-52 decision on Feb. 6.
On Saturday the Panthers were outgunned 24-14 in the first quarter in Carbondale with the Rams going on to score a 60-48 decison handing Delta a two-loss week.
Bruins 34, Delta 30
A 13-point first quarter for the Bruins was four points better than what the Panthers scored and eventually was the difference in the game last Tuesday (Feb. 6).
The Bruins (6-1, 16-1) outscored Delta 14-9 in the middle quarters to lead 27-18 with a quarter left to play.
Delta put together a 12-point fourth quarter to close the gap to four points before the final buzzer sounded.
Sara Geddes was Delta's leading scorer with eight points (seven coming in the fourth quarter). Addison Schwarz's 12 points topped Cedaredge shooters and Courtney Freeman added eight points for the winners.
Prior to the start of the game Cedaredge coach Ryan Hilbig made mention of the fact that he had instructions to not be in another overtime game with the Panthers. The Bruins won the previous two games between Delta and Cedaredge in overtime 47-43 and 41-39.
The Bruins, with two more wins last week (see related story) remain atop 3A WSL standings with a 6-1 league mark and 16-1 overall.
Delta 56, RF 48
These two teams were evenly matched last Saturday in Carbondale.
Delta (6-1, 13-4) led 13-12 after one period but Roaring Fork (3-4, 9-7) was a point better than Delta in the second quarter and the two teams were tied, 23-23, at halftime.
The Panthers regained an edge in the third quarter on a 13-11 run and finished with a 20-14 fourth quarter to make the final score 56-48.
Geddes' 18 points were the most scored by any player in the game with Delta teammate Aubrey Jones (back from an ankle injury after several weeks) scored 10 points (including six of eight free throws).
Roaring Fork's Logan Erickson scored 15 points and Gaby Santana added 13 for the Ram's offense in the game.
Delta's regular season ends this week with games against Moffat County (6-1, 13-4) on Friday at 6 p.m. and in Parachute on Saturday against Grand Valley (5-2, 11-6) at 2:30 p.m.
Bruins 62, Delta 52
Delta's contest against Cedaredge resembled its previous meeting with the Bruins. A quick start by the Bruins led to a 19-12 lead after one period and was extended to 36-26 by halftime.
Peter Carlson got off to a great start for the Bruins with 12 points in the first quarter and finished with 10 of 13 free throws on a night where they would wreak havoc on the Panthers for 25 points, 17 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Logan Freed's eight points in the second quarter weren't enough to cut into Cedaredge's lead as the Bruins added three more points to their lead for the 36-26 halftime lead.
After trading three-point advantages in the final two quarters the Bruins came away with their first 3A WSL win of the season, 62-52.
Freed scored 13 of his team-high 15 points for the Panthers with Jaspar Carmichael adding 10 points and Felipe Bedoy scoring all eight of his points in the final period.
Adding double figures to the Bruins' win were Jared Reynolds (16; nine in the fourth quarter) and 10 points each from Baylee Piper and Jacob Lewis.
Rams 60, Panthers 48
The pace was furious in first quarter play with the Rams getting eight points from Justin Thompson and another seven from Joe Salinas in Roaring Fork's 24-point opening quarter.
Delta distributed 14 points amongst six players but missed numerous scoring opportunities throughout the contest.
Freed's 12-point effort in the second quarter helped Delta shave three points off the Rams' lead to make the halftime score 36-29.
Both teams floundered in the third quarter with just 14 points being scored between them.
Delta cut the Rams' lead to three in the second half but could not do more as Roaring Fork's Oscar Miranda hit a pair of threes to stretch the lead back to more than a two possession game. Fouls down the stretch put the Rams on the free throw line where they made six of 10 attempts putting the game out of reach as time ran out on the Panthers.
Miranda and Thompson finished with 18 points each for Roaring Fork (5-1, 14-2). Delta stands at 4-2 in WSL play and is 11-6 overall.
The Panthers host Moffat County this Friday (Feb. 16) at 7:30 p.m. and travels to Parachute for the final regular season game with Grand Valley at 4 p.m.
When in Need
Acts of kindness and support were shown Delta fans and players last week. Against Cedaredge on Tuesday, flowers were presented to Delta's girls prior to tipoff showing support and respect for the recent student losses at Delta High School.
In Carbondale, Roaring Fork High School provided meals for teams and fans to show their respect and condolences for Delta's past losses. Those acts of sharing bring an internal warmth helping to remind us we are not alone in our daily lives when comfort is needed.