Delta High School's varsity basketball teams were successful over the past week with victories at Aspen and in Gunnison. The Panther girls defeated Aspen, 51-19, on Feb. 1 and scored a 54-49 win in Gunnison on Feb. 2.
Delta's boys also earned wins in Aspen (70-50) and Gunnison (58-43).
Panthers 51, Aspen 19
The Panthers are currently one of the 3A WSL leaders following last week's action. Delta is 6-0 in league play and has a 12-3 record overall. Moffat County is 5-0 and 12-3 giving the league two unbeaten teams in league play.
Aspen (0-5 and 1-14) did not pose a serious threat but remained close for the first half by taking advantage of Delta's errors and poor shooting.
The Panthers took control of the game in the third quarter after outscoring the Skiers 17-3 to take a 39-19 lead to the fourth quarter.
Aspen's offense failed to score in the final stanza while Delta put together a 12-point quarter to make the final score 51-19.
Delta's Sara Geddes led a trio of double-digit scorers with 11 points. Missa Webb and Keely Porter finished the game with 10 points each. Zulieka Hanson was Aspen's top scorer with six points.
Delta 54, Gunnison 49
This contest was an evenly-played affair for the first two quarters with Delta leading 17-15 at halftime.
Neither team gained an advantage in the fourth quarter with both teams scoring 17 points and keeping the Panthers in front by two, 34-32. Porter netted 11 of her team-high 15 points in the quarter.
Webb's six-point fourth quarter sparked a 20-17 run for the Panthers and helped preserve the five-point win, 54-49. Webb finished with 12 points with teammates Geddes and Alexa Huff collecting 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Kylie Travis had 13 points to lead the Cowboys' offense and Shannon Murphy finished with 12 and Hayden Powers had 10. Gunnison sits in sixth place with a record of 2-3 in league play and 7-8 overall.
Delta 70, Aspen 50
Delta got off to a fair start against the pesky Skiers and led 20-12 heading to the second period.
Delta post-player Andrew Baier sparked the Panthers' offense in second quarter action with eight of his 12 game-points coming in the second frame.
The Panthers' offense became sporadic in the third quarter and lost a couple of points to the Skiers (13-11).
Logan Freed was four-for-four at the free throw line and finished with six points in the fourth quarter to lead Delta on a 23-12 finish in the final eight minutes. John Ames added five points in the run.
Freed's 14 points (nine in the fourth quarter) topped all scorers in the game with Baier's 12 counters next and Jaspar Carmichael's 10 the third best number.
Sam Kahn was Aspen's top scorer with 11 points and teammate Nick Willson had 10. The Skiers are currently seventh in the 3A WSL with records of 1-2 and 3-11.
Delta 58, Gunnison 43
Delta's first-quarter against the Cowboys last Friday night all but sealed the win. The Panthers scored 26 points while their defense limited Gunnison to seven points. John Ames led the charge for Delta (third place in the 3A WSL, 5-2 and 11-4) with nine (three treys) points and four other Panthers scored at least four points in the run.
Gunnison (1-4, 2-12) was held to another single-digit number in the 11-9 second frame and trailed the Panthers 37-16 going to halftime.
Scores were reversed in the third quarter with the Cowboys holding the 11-9 advantage.
Hunter Wood hit a pair of threes and had a pair of free throws to score eight points in a 16-12 fourth-quarter run to make the final score 58-43.
Ames was Delta's leading scorer with 14 points followed by Freed (12 points) and Baier (11 points).
Delta enters its next to last week of regular season play with a third game against Cedaredge played on Feb. 6 and a Saturday contest with second-place Roaring Fork (5-1 and 12-2) in Carbondale on Saturday, Feb. 10. The girls varsity action is set for 2:30 p.m. and the boys play at 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.