Delta High School basketball teams played three games this past week. Basalt was in town last Tuesday, Feb. 9, and the Panthers' girls dialed up a 53-33 win over the Longhorns. The boys lost, 61-52, to the Longhorns.
On Friday, the Panthers' varsity basketball teams were winners over the visiting Eagle Valley Devils. The girls scored a 53-51 decision and the boys outpointed the Devils 70-61 to complete the evening's sweep.
Saturday's game against Summit was a reversal from Delta's previous encounter with the Tigers. Delta's girls defeated the Tigers by 16 in Frisco but the tables were turned when Summit outscored Delta 54-48 in double overtime over the weekend.
In boys action, the Panthers lost by 15 to the Tigers in Frisco but won last weekend's game 55-47.
Delta 53, Basalt 33
The Panthers controlled the first three quarters and held a 40-18 advantage heading into the final stanza.
Emily Nortnik scored all 11 of her team-high points in the first half, helping lead the Panthers to victory. Mykayla Music hit a pair of shots from beyond the arc on her way to 10 points and Jenna Sutliff and Lily Lockhart chipped in seven points each.
Delta's defense held the Longhorns to just three points in the third quarter.
Delta 53, EV 51
Delta got some strong inside play from Nortnik who dumped in nine points in the first quarter to lead the Panthers to a 15-12 lead.
The Panthers were leading by six at the break and by just three after the third quarter.
Joyclie Webb was four of six at the free-throw line for the Panthers in the fourth quarter. Music and Nortnik joined Webb with another four points each, helping lead Delta to a 15-point quarter.
Eagle Valley responded with a 16-point scoring effort in the final quarter that shaved Delta's lead to just two points as the game ended. Kylie Martin scored eight points for the Devils in the period and finished the game with 20 points.
Nortnik's 21 counters led all scorers in the game.
SHS 54, DHS 48 (2OT)
The Panthers were flat after Friday night's big win over Eagle Valley and the execution just wasn't there. It was simply a matter of composure under fire for a very young basketball team that continues to gain knowledge as the season progresses.
Summit was leading 22-18 at halftime, with senior Megan McDonnell scoring 14 of the Tigers' points.
Delta needed a 10-5 fourth quarter to pull even at 40-40, forcing overtime.
McDonnell, who scored five points in the fourth quarter, took over the game in the overtime periods to score 10 points and single-handedly swing momentum to Summit. McDonnell finished the game with 29 points. Kate Tomlinson added another 15 counters to help seal the deal.
Delta's leading scorer was Music with 11 points. Nortnik followed with 10 points and Lockhart had nine.
Delta is scheduled to participate in the 4A WSL tournament at Central High School this week. Summit and Eagle Valley played on Monday to conclude their regular season schedules. The results of that contest will determine the final team standings and pairings for this week's tournament action at Central and Palisade High School on Friday. Saturday's tournament schedule will take place at Central High School.
Basalt 61, Delta 52
Basalt's Michael Glen scored 32 of the Longhorn's 61 points, helping power Basalt to a nine-point nonconference win in Delta.
Glen had 10 points in the first quarter and added 13 more in the fourth period on his way to the big point production.
Delta stayed close in the first quarter but trailed 36-25 at halftime.
Jonny Ponce tallied 15 points in the first half to lead the Panthers on offense.
The Panthers' offense found a rhythm in the third quarter and overhauled the Longhorns to take a 43-42 lead with an 18-6 run. Ponce had six points in the charge.
Basalt's fourth quarter, led by Glen, put the Panthers' threat down with a 19-9 run sealing a 61-52 victory.
Ponce led Delta's offense with 21 points followed by Beau Byers' 16.
Delta 70, EV 61
Delta was soundly beaten by the Devils in an earlier contest in Gypsum. Last Friday's game was ever so sweet for the Panthers.
Eagle Valley owned a 16-14 lead after one quarter but would not be ahead at the end of any of the remaining three quarters of action. The Panthers were leading, by one, 29-28, at halftime.
Delta maintained its composure, and the lead, with a 41-33 scoring advantage in the second half. Both teams had monster fourth quarters with 28 points each.
The Devil's Arturo Loera scored nine of his team-high 15 points in the fourth quarter while freshman Jaspar Carmichael was unstoppable and scored 13 of his game-high 22 points for the Panthers in the same time span. Carmichael shot 10 of 16 free throws in the period and hit a 3-point goal to account for his 13 points.
Byers scored eight points for the Panthers in the fourth quarter and finished with 12 counters. Dylan Hollenbeck was also in double figures with 10 points.
Delta 56, Summit 47
The Panthers scored another meaningful victory at home on Saturday with their nine-point win over Summit. The Tigers put up big numbers late in the game in Frisco to record a 61-46 win. Saturday's victory was a nine-pointer that fulfilled the team's goal of a victory and popped the zipper off coach Von Mitchell's pullover.
Mitchell's comment after the game is one he often uses when there aren't enough words to describe all the little things his players do to create a positive outcome. "Proud ... so proud," from Mitchell speaks volumes for those who know him.
Summit eased to an 11-6 lead after one period. The Panthers began putting those little things to work in the second quarter and outscored Summit 17-8 to take a 23-19 halftime lead.
The Tigers came out firing in the third period and regained the lead, 36-34 with one period left to play.
Carmichael and Hollenbeck became scoring leaders in the fourth quarter for Delta with nine and 10 points respectively. The Panthers charged past Summit with a 22-11 run that locked up a 56-47 4A WSL win.
Carmichael finished with 21 points, Hollenbeck had 14 and Ponce added 10. Jesus Moya's 10 points paced Summit's offense.
The Panthers were awaiting results from a game between Eagle Valley and Summit played on Feb. 15 (Monday) to see if there was hope of continuing on in post-season play at Central High School on Thursday.
Delta's second annual "Kickoff to Christmas" takes place Saturday, Nov. 25. This event is sponsored by the Delta Area Chamber of Commerce and First Colorado National Bank.