Delta girls basketball weekend wasn't what they've grown accustomed to the past few seasons. However, the start to last season's play is not far from this year's start.
The Lady Panthers are currently 1-3 on the young season and have three games to play before Christmas break.
Tournament action in Fruita last weekend produced the same results as last year's tournament in Fruita produced. Delta was shut out of the win department in three games.
Delta began tournament action against Carbon County (UT) with a 42-21 loss. Its next game was with Air Academy of Colorado Springs. That, too, was a loss, 38-17. A Saturday finale against Central was yet another loss, 41-32.
Unlike last year's Lady Panther lineup, there are some missing attributes that haven't yet been replaced. For one, the amount of experience this year's team possesses is far less than that of last year's squad. Talent, yes, experience, no. Time should remedy some of that.
Another missing essential is offensive in nature. There hasn't been enough offense in any of the four contests played so far this season. The best offensive effort came in game one in Cortez where Delta put up 63 shots.
Defensively, Delta is solid with no team scoring more than 42 points so far.
Last week, Delta faced quality competition where it held its opponents to 42, 38, and 41 points. Unfortunately, Delta's offense produced just 21, 17, and 32 points in the three games it played.
Coach Matt Hamm knows his team is very young when it comes to experience, but he also knows there is a solution to every problem. Hamm quoted earlier in the season that he would be "persistent in making this year's team as good as they can be."
Carbon County 42, Delta 21
Against Carbon County, Utah, Delta scored just four points in the opening quarter and only two in the second for a 21-6 halftime deficit. The good news was the Lady Dinos never really got their offense untracked either.
Both teams struggled after intermission, with Carbon County getting the better of a bad situation with a 6-3 advantage for a 27-14 lead going to the final stanza.
Carbon County capitalized on Delta miscues in the final quarter to outscore the Lady Panthers 15-7 to take the 42-21 victory.
Senior Shelby Curtis, the lone returning true starter from a year ago, scored 14 points to lead the Lady Panthers. Jordan Scroggins had 14 for the Dinos and Shelby Cornforth finished with 10.
Air Academy 38,
The Lady Panthers failed to score double-digits in any of the four quarters in this game. Air Academy hit double-digits in both first-half quarters but not in either of the second-half periods.
The Kadets had a smooth post player in junior Kassady Huffman who made Delta's life miserable inside with 18 points.
Delta trailed 24-6 at halftime and matched the Kadet's eight points in the third quarter to mark its highest scoring effort of the game.
Curtis' six points topped Delta shooters in the game, with Lily Lockhart next high with four points.
Central 41, Delta 32
This contest was close most of the way. A lack of aggression by Delta kept it from taking advantage of a sluggish start by the Lady Warriors. A 6-3 edge by Central kept everyone guessing who would gain offensive control of the game.
Mistakes and missed shots prevented Delta from being in the lead more than once.
D'Kota Brodie scored five points in the second quarter to lead Central on a 12-8 run for a 20-11 halftime lead. Reilly Quist kept Delta close with a three and a freethrow.
The third quarter was not good for either team, with Delta scoring a paltry three points and Air Academy eight.
As the fourth quarter progressed, so did the offensive play of both teams. Lockhart, a freshman post-player for Delta, sparked a spirited Lady Panther run with nine points in the fourth quarter. Delta outscored Central 18-15 in a wild finish that could have gone either way.
Lockhart had 13 points to lead Delta's offense, with Curtis next high with eight markers. Tyler Hays canned 14 points and Cassidy Bryant had nine to lead Central's offense.
The Lady Panthers are in Gypsum Thursday (Dec. 19) to face the 3-3 Eagle Valley Lady Devils at 5:30 p.m.
Delta concludes the 2013 portion of its schedule on Friday and Saturday with the playing of the First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament. Its first game is with Hotchkiss on Friday at 6 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus