The Delta Lady Panthers played three basketball games last week and won two of them. A 4A WSL loss to Rifle on Friday puts greater emphasis on the remainder of Delta's games as the Lady Bears own a sweep over Delta this season.
Rifle (4-2, 4-6) is sitting in third place at this time, with Glenwood Springs (8-0, 13-0) holding the top spot. Eagle Valley (5-2, 9-4) is second and Palisade (5-3, 8-5) is fourth. Delta is fifth with its 4-4 and 6-8 record.
Delta began the week with a win in Palisade and finished with a win against Battle Mountain (1-6, 4-9) on Saturday.
This week's schedule has the Lady Panthers playing at home for two games beginning with a rematch with Battle Mountain on Thursday (6 p.m.) and Eagle Valley on Saturday at 4 p.m.
Delta 40, Palisade 35
As for many of Delta's games this season, the first quarter of action was close with both teams scoring eight points.
Palisade duplicated its first-quarter scoring with another eight points in the second frame while Delta had seven.
Not much was changed following halftime, with both teams adding nine points to their totals to leave the Lady Bulldogs ahead 25-24 heading to the fourth quarter.
Delta got six points (including four of six at the free-throw line) from Shelby Curtis and another six from Brittanny Brasfied in a 16-10 run in the final period of play. The Lady Panthers shot 17 free throws in the final quarter and made eight to help them preserve the 4A WSL win.
Curtis and Katie Puderbaugh scored 10 points each for Delta while Aspen Guray scored 15 for Palisade.
Rifle 49, Delta 38
After holding as much as an eight-point lead in Rifle a week ago, the Lady Bears rallied to score a key WSL win. Friday's return match in Delta was pretty much all Rifle as the Lady Bears used the guile and quickness of guard Chante Church to keep Delta's defense off guard. Church hit one three-pointer and slashed through the Panther's defense for easy layups and hit a variety of mid-range shots on her way to a game-high 17 points.
A 12-5 run by Rifle in the first quarter set the tone of what was to come.
Delta did rally for a 13-11 second quarter advantage but trailed 23-18 at the half.
Neither team was effective in the third quarter with Rifle holding a 7-6 edge when the period had ended.
Delta, behind the play of Curtis in the fourth quarter, mounted a comeback bid. Curtis scored 10 of the Lady Panthers' 14 points but was outscored by five as Church dumped in eight points to keep Rifle ahead.
Carsyn Copeland tossed in 16 counters for the Bears to give them two players in double figures while Delta got 13 points from Curtis.
Delta 51, BM 48
Even though Battle Mountain is near the bottom of the standings in the 4A WSL, it proved it wanted to win with hustle and determination. The Lady Huskies had Delta on its heels in the first period and eventually took a 7-4 lead to the second quarter.
Delta got the upper hand in the second frame and went on a 17-12 run to take a 21-19 halftime lead. Battle Mountain continued to be aggressive on offense and crept closer in the third quarter with a 12-11 edge.
Taylor Davidson's nine points in the fourth quarter helped the Lady Huskies to be a threat down to the final minutes of the game. Delta outscored Battle Mountain, 19-17, to produce the game's final score, 51-48.
Elizabeth Olivas was steady on offense all game long and scored 17 points to lead the Lady Huskies in scoring. Davidson finished with 12 points.
Delta's leading scorers were Curtis and Puderbaugh with 11 and 10 points respectively.blog comments powered by Disqus