Delta High School’s head girls’ basketball coach, Matt Hamm, offers advice to some of his players versus Paonia on Saturday. Players pictured include: left to right, Callie Gafford, Skylyn Webb, Katie Puderbaugh, Erin Zunich, Brooke Taylor and Bailey Massano. Not in the picture were Shelby Curtis and Patti Chapman.
Delta High School's Lady Panther basketball team participated in tournament action held in Montrose and Olathe on Friday and Saturday (June 1 and 2). Delta's varsity team played six games in Montrose while the junior varsity team played an equal number of contests at Olathe High School.
The Lady Panthers' varsity team came through the weekend with five wins and one loss. Montrose handed Delta its worst loss in several years.
Delta faced a rebuilding Olathe squad on Friday and eventually earned a win to start their tournament. Game two was with Centauri and was also a win.
The third game of the day on Friday was with host school Montrose. The Lady Indians were on fire and hit a high percentage of their shots from all over the floor to drub the Lady Panthers.
Saturday's action included three closely contested games with Pagosa Springs, Paonia, and Moffat County. Delta won all three by less than five points in each instance.
The last game of the day on Saturday was with an old nemesis, Moffat County. The Lady Bulldogs are dropping down to Class 3A in 2012-13 and will no longer be part of Delta's game schedule in basketball. The two teams have history dating back a number of years. Saturday's contest, however, was a display of good sportsmanship and skill with the Lady Panthers handing Moffat County a loss with best wishes in their new league schedules. The Lady Bulldogs are highly competitive and will certainly be a force in 3A competition.
Delta's junior varsity squad opened their tournament with a loss to Buena Vista and then earned a victory over Ridgway 2. Their last game of the day on Friday was with a more seasoned Ridgway 1 team that resulted in a close loss.
Saturday was a solid day for the young Panthers as they earned wins over Centauri, Fruita, and Montrose to end tournament play at 4-2.
Members of the varsity team included Callie Gafford, Erin Zunich, Skylyn Webb, Patti Chapman, Shelby Curtis, Brooke Taylor, Bailey Massano, and Katie Puderbaugh. Junior varsity members who played included Reilly Quist, Rachel Huerkamp, Stephanie Sidor, Haley Millard, Taylor Jensen, Desiree Smith, Kenzie Jones, Madison Farmer, Katie Ames, Emily Kuta, Tory Davis and Nicole Money.