Delta's Lady Panthers slipped a bit in 4A WSL standings this past week. A heartbreaking loss, 49-43, in Rifle (2-2 and 2-6) allowed the Lady Bears to move ahead of Delta (2-3 and 4-7) in league standings.
Delta came back on Saturday to overcome a strong Summit first half to forge a 54-42 victory.
The Bears and Panthers traded places in league standings with Rifle taking over fourth place and Delta sliding to fifth. Delta's win on Saturday keeps the Lady Panthers in contention for post-season play as well as a shot at the league title.
Rifle 49, Delta 43
After leading for most of the game, Rifle's offense caught fire in the fourth quarter to outscore Delta 17-8 to earn the WSL win.
Rifle followed the play of senior Chante Church to take a 12-11 first-quarter lead. Church scored five of her game-high 20 points in the opening frame. Shelby Curtis had four points for Delta to keep the Lady Panthers close.
Junior Haley Millard provided a big portion of Delta's second-period points by scoring six counters, and the Lady Panthers took a 25-21 halftime lead to their locker room.
Curtis and Church provided five points for their respective teams in the third quarter with Rifle gaining a point in an 11-10 run.
Delta miscues and an ineffective offense at times gave the Lady Bears a chance to overhaul Delta with a 17-8 surge and a 49-43 win.
Church was joined in double figures by teammates Kailee Cordova and Carsyn Copeland who had 14 points each.
Delta's top scorers were Curtis with 15 and Millard with 13.
Delta 54, Summit 42
Delta started strong in the first quarter with Curtis scoring seven of her team's 12 points for a 12-8 lead after one period. Brittany Berry's two 3-pointers kept the Lady Tigers close in the first eight minutes.
Summit was unconcious in the second period with its shooting. Almost every shot taken by the Lady Tigers was a nothing-but-net winner. That translated to a 21-16 run for Summit and a 29-28 halftime lead.
Kaycee Chaparas and Autumn Ward scored six points each in the second quarter for the Tigers while Curtis had six for Delta.
After the break, not much changed in scoring, with Delta outscoring Summit 10-9 to tie the game at 38-38 heading to the final quarter.
The Lady Panthers gained momentum in the fourth quarter when Summit sent Delta to the free-throw line for 15 shots that resulted in 10 makes. Delta had three field goals to go with the charity tosses to outscore Summit 16-4 and a 54-42 victory. Delta finished the game 12 of 20. The Panthers visited the free-throw line just three times in the first quarter and did not return until the final period.
Curtis' 18 points led all scorers in the game, with Brasfield chipping in 10. Reilly Quist directed the offense and scored eight points in the win for Delta.
The Panthers were scheduled for three games this week, starting with a Tuesday contest in Palisade. On Friday, Delta will host Rifle for a rematch and a chance to earn back a spot in league standings. The Rifle contest is slated for 6 p.m.
Fans dressing in green for Friday's "Green Out" will be eligible for games, prizes and a raffle, and can put their name into a drawing for a big prize.
Saturday has the Lady Panthers traveling to Edwards to take on the 1-5 and 4-7 Battle Mountain Huskies at 3 p.m.blog comments powered by Disqus