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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta's Emily Baier (40) and Olathe's Amanda Seymour get their hands on the ball to force a jump ball during play-in action Feb. 21 in Olathe. The Pirates used a strong fourth quarter to run away with the game, 55-35. Olathe lost to G

There was some doubt as to whether or not the Delta Panthers' girls basketball team would be in the round of 32 post-season playoffs following a 55-35 loss to Olathe last week.

That doubt was erased on Sunday when the Panthers were paired against The Academy (18-4) for this Friday's opening round of 3A state basketball playoffs.

The Academy is hosting a four-team playoff in Westminster. The Wildcats are seeded seventh while Delta comes in at No. 26 with a 12-8 record.

Olathe 55, Delta 35

Neither team looked as though they were willing to take too many chances in the early going. Olathe prevailed, 7-3, after one period and took a 25-16 halftime lead to its locker room.

Both teams scored 15 points in the third period and kept the Panthers within striking distance.

A turnover-riddled fourth quarter presented the Pirates with numerous scoring opportunities and eventually led to a 20-point win for the host team.

Miranda Pacheco, pdelivered 20 points for the Pirates and helped Olathe enter the semifinal round of the 3A WSL district tournament in Grand Junction.

The Pirates fell to Grand Valley, 48-38, on Friday and defeated Cedaredge 41-38 in Saturday's third-place game.

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