It's sometimes a rare occasion when high school basketball teams win all four games in the same evening. Delta High School accomplished that feat last week in Olathe when the Panthers won both junior varsity games and finished the evening with wins at the varsity level. Delta's girls were not the sharpest in a 44-43 win while the boys were dominant in a 76-52 win.
Delta 44, Olathe 43
Due to a large number of fouls, and a larger number of turnovers by each team, the final score is indicative of how close this game actually was.
Delta found the going slow in first-quarter play but managed a 12-11 lead after one period. Olathe got some mojo going in the second quarter and was leading 23-20 at the break.
The Panthers were two points better than Olathe in the third stanza but still trailed, 34-33, as the two teams entered the final period. An 11-9 advantage by Delta was good enough to secure the win, 44-43, as the Pirates turned the ball over with less than 10 seconds left in the game.
In all there were 52 fouls called between the two teams, 27 for Olathe and 25 for Delta. The Panthers might have made a better showing had they made more than 12 of the 32 free throws attempted. Olathe's score could also have been higher had it cashed in on more than 13 of 28 attempts.
Junior Sara Geddes was Delta's leading scorer with 10 points (four in the first quarter and fourth quarter) with junior Haylin McCulloch eight points.
Olathe's Maddie Brown was the game's leading scorer with 11 points, nine coming in the first half.
Delta and Grand Valley boast 3-0 overall records in 3A WSL play while Cedaredge and Roaring Fork show 2-0 records heading into this weekend's action.
Delta 76, Olathe 52
Delta senior John Ames hit a pair of 3-balls in the first quarter helping the Panthers jump out to an 18-4 lead.
Olathe slowed down the Panthers' offense and used a 16-point second quarter to trim Delta's lead to 32-20 by halftime.
Delta, behind senior Andrew Baier's eight points, raced to a 30-point second quarter to take a 62-36 advantage to the fourth quarter. Olathe won the final frame, 16-14, to make the final score 76-52.
Baier finished the game with 15 points to lead Delta's offensive effort with Ames next with 14 points followed by 12 points from both Kyle Mock and Joe Bules.
Dawson Walraven funneled 21 points through the nets to lead Olathe, and all players, in scoring for the game. Teammate Dominique Gonzalez chipped in 10 counters.
The Panthers are 2-1 overall for the season while Olathe is 1-3.
Delta is on the road for non-conference play in Alamosa, Dec. 14 (girls at 6:30 p.m. and boys at 7 p.m.), and moves on to Centauri on Saturday for games at 12:30 and 2 p.m.