After rolling over Paonia 48-36 in their opener in this year's First Colorado National Bank Basketball Tournament, Delta's Panthers had control of the title game over Cedaredge but suffered lack of consistency in the second half in a 47-43 overtime loss to the Bruins (see related article).
Delta came into the title game with a 4-0 record while Cedaredge was 5-0 coming in.
There were five players who are listed on this year's Delta varsity roster who saw any playing time on the court a year ago. Of the five, juniors Jenna Sutliff and Missa Webb had the most minutes. Sutliff, a part time starter, is a guard who has improved markedly in 2017. Webb has speed and is a dangerous break away threat this season.
Senior Aubrey Jones and sophomore Sara Geddes are valuable inside players who are starters this season and are gaining valuable experience each game. Junior Kaylee St. Peter is the fifth player and she is this year's starting point guard.
As a young team the Panthers bring enthusiasm and determination to each game. Coupled with their hustle and a solid defense, the Panthers are making plays on both sides of the ball.
Delta started the second annual FCNB tournament against Paonia last Friday evening.
A 20-3 first quarter was sparked by the play of Webb who had eight points in the run by Delta.
Play was more even in the second period with each team scoring 12 points. Senior Andi Todd provided the Eagles with a spark on offense with eight points leaving Paonia on the negative side of a 32-15 deficit at the break.
Paonia held the upper hand after halftime with junior Kassidy Rapke leading the way with five points in an 11-6 run for the Eagles.
Each team scored 10 points in the final quarter leaving the margin of victory at 12 (48-36).
Geddes finished the game with 13 points to lead Delta scorers and Webb was good for 12 points. Freshman Keeley Porter finished with eight points.
Todd had 13 to top Paonia shooters and Mckenna Palmer was close behind with 12 counters.