With the winter break over, athletic teams returned to competition last week. Not all teams returned with the full readiness desired. Delta High School's girls weren't in mid-season form during their matchup with Roaring Fork last Friday night.
Delta came away with the win, 37-33, but exhibited some chinks in its armor. One of the shortcomings was a nine for 24 performance from the free throw line.
In boys action, Delta had a bit of rust that led to a 44-36 deficit at the end of three quarters of play. Delta outscored the Rams 15-9 in the fourth quarter but ran out of time in its comeback bid to lose 53-51.
Delta 37, Rams 33
The Panthers' defense was a bright spot for three quarters. Delta gave up four points in the second quarter and only one point in the third frame to lead 24-16 heading to the final stanza.
A desperate Rams' team scored 17 points in the fourth quarter, including seven of seven from the charity stripe and two threes to close the scoring gap down the stretch.
Emily Nortnik took over the offensive lead in the fourth quarter and scored six of the Panthers' 13 fourth-quarter points. Nortnik finished with nine points to lead all scorers in the game. Jo Webb and Emily Baier had seven points each.
Lilly Ramos and Katie Weimer scored eight points apiece for the Rams.
In junior varsity action, Aubrey Jones had eight points in the second quarter for the Panthers and finished the game with 13 points, including nine of 10 free throw shooting. The Panthers lost the game 38-37.
Rams 53, Delta 51
With its offense lacking, Delta's Panthers found themselves down by six after one period.
Roaring Fork's Aldo Pinela had the hot hand with six points in a 13-point run in the opening frame.
The Panthers re-grouped in the second quarter to score 13 points, six from Jaspar Carmichael, but team fluidity was still missing.
Delta trailed 29-20 at halftime but outscored the Rams 31-24 in the second half to fall short of victory by three points.
Carmichael and Logan Freed were Delta's scoring leaders with 14 points each.
Roaring Fork was led by Justin Thompson's 17 points with double digit help from Pinela with 12 counters.
In boys junior varsity play the Panthers could not overcome a slow first quarter where they were outscored 16-8. Roaring Fork had nine threes in a 52-44 win over Delta. Joe Bules scored 10 points for the Panthers.
The two teams will meet again on Feb. 11 in Carbondale. The Rams and Basalt are leading in overall records with 6-1 records. The Panthers are near the middle of the 10-team league with a record of 3-3.
Delta is in Montrose Jan. 13 for girls varsity action set for 6 p.m. with the boys taking the floor at 7:30 p.m.
The Panthers will host Gunnison on Jan. 14 for varsity action beginning at 4 and 5:30 p.m. The following week, Jan. 17, Delta travels to Cedaredge for a league contest against Cedaredge. Girls varsity action is set for 6 p.m. with the boys set to go at 7:30 p.m.