Last week's basketball action was hectic with three games played, beginning on Tuesday (Jan. 16) with Cedaredge in Delta. The Bruin girls won the second encounter of the season between the two teams with a 41-39 score in overtime (see related story).
When Telluride visited the Panthers on Jan. 19, Delta was ready for them and delivered a 53-17 win.
Saturday's contest with Basalt's Longhorns gave the Panthers a 2-1 record for the week with a nail-biting 56-54 decision.
Delta's boys had the same record, against the same teams, losing to Cedaredge 49-45 (see related story) with wins over Telluride (69-43) and Basalt (60-50).
Delta 53, Telluride 17
Friday night's game against Telluride had a slow start for both teams with the Panthers getting the better results in a 9-4 first quarter.
Delta's game-tempo increased in the second quarter with the Panthers getting seven points from Keely Porter and another six from Missa Webb in a 22-2 run. A 31-6 halftime lead was never challenged from that point on.
Delta's defense held the Miners (3-2, 3-8) to single digits in each of the second half periods outscoring Telluride 22-11 over the final 16 minutes of play.
Webb finished the game with 15 points to claim game-scoring honors and Porter finished with the seven points she had in the second stanza. Telluride's Morgan Watkinson had five to lead the Miners' offense.
Delta 56, Basalt 54
Basalt owned the first quarter last Saturday night. The absence of senior Aubrey Jones, who rolled an ankle in pre-game warmups, was felt in the initial stages of the game. The Longhorns got out to a 15-6 start and were playing with confidence.
Delta had defeated the Longhorns, 62-25, in Basalt on Dec. 7.
Jenna Sutliff and Webb combined for six points each in the second quarter helping the Panthers whittle Basalt's lead to 27-24 by halftime.
Freshman Alexa Huff and sophomore Sara Geddes put the Panthers on their shoulders in second half play and between them scored all but two of the Panthers' 32 second-half points.
Geddes had eight points in the third quarter and another nine in the fourth while Huff netted 11 counters in the third and two in the fourth to finish with 13 points. Geddes had a single field goal in the first period and ended the game with 19 points.
The 32-point second half enabled Delta to overhaul Basalt and win by two, 56-54.
Webb had another double-digit game with 10 points, eight of them coming in the middle quarters.
Cintia Miramontes scored at least three points in each of the four quarters and finished with 15 points for the Longhorns.
Delta 69, Telluride 43
Nine of the 10 Delta players scored against Telluride last Friday.
A 21-12 first half Delta lead was fueled by Andrew Baier's seven second-quarter points.
Delta disposed of the pesky Miners in second-half play with a 48-31 scoring advantage.
Logan Freed slashed his way to 13 second-half points and finished as the game's leading scorer with 19 points. John Ames and Baier had 10 points each in the win.
Reed Schacht scored 13 points to pace Telluride's offensive efforts.
Delta 60, Basalt 52
The Panthers' final game of the week was against Basalt (0-1, 2-9). Delta (2-0, 8-3) won the first meeting between the two teams, 64-58, in Basalt.
Last week's contest was played on an even keel with lead changes throughout the game. The Longhorns led by two after one period but trailed by one at halftime, 28-27.
Delta put together a sustained high energy second half and outscored Basalt 32-25 to earn the eight-point win, 60-52.
Freed's 20 points paced a solid offensive effort by Delta with Jaspar Carmichael chipping in 15 points, 11 coming in the crucial fourth quarter. Joe Bules was good for eight points in the win.
Basalt's Justin Henderson scored 14 points in the second half and finished the game with 19 points. Teammate Wylie Hawkins added 18 points for the Longhorns.
Delta will be in New Castle to face a rugged Coal Ridge (1-0, 8-2) team next Friday with intentions of moving up in 3A WSL standings. The Titans are third and Delta fourth behind Roaring Fork and Grand Valley which have 9-1 overall records. Game times for Friday's varsity contests are 5:30 and 7 p.m.
The Panthers travel to Olathe on Saturday for varsity games scheduled for 2:30 and 4 p.m.