A number of bizarre events this past week interrupted the 2020 State Basketball Championships in all classifications. The National Basketball League abruptly suspended its season with the playoffs barely into its schedule on  March 11. Shortly afterwards, other sporting venues were reporting suspension and cancellations for various sports throughout the United States. The prep sports world was not exempt with the Colorado High School Activities Association announcing restrictions on fan attendance for the opening day of the 2020 3A state basketball championships in Denver. Initially, no fans were to be allowed into games for Thursday’s (March 12) opening round of the Great 8. That was later amended to allow four fans per name on gate lists for each team playing in the tournament. Fortunately for Delta High School, most of the family members and friends, who had traveled to see the Panthers play, were on the Panthers admit list when Delta faced Pagosa Springs in an 8:45 a.m. game on Thursday morning.

With Pagosa Springs posting a 14-7 score after one quarter, the Panthers knew they were in a battle. Both defenses caused numerous miscues in the game but it was Delta’s inability to score with consistency that ultimately proved to be the key to the game.

Delta senior Sara Geddes scored four of her game-high 13 points in the opening quarter with Pagosa Springs senior Taylor Lewis scoring five points, including one of the Pirates’ four 3-point goals. Neither team had memorable second quarters with Pagosa Springs holding a 5-4 advantage at quarter’s end to take a 19-14 lead to halftime.

The Panthers were limited to Geddes’ four points on a field goal and two free throws in the third quarter while junior Adelyn Dozier sparked the Pirates offensive attack with seven points in a 14-4 run. Dozier had a pair of 3-point goals in the quarter that helped the Pirates take a 33-18 lead to the final eight minutes of play.

Delta was forced to foul in the fourth quarter and the Pirates were recipients of 14 free throw tries in the quarter with 12 makes. Pagosa Springs finished the game with 20 free throw attempts and 15 makes. Delta didn’t have a bad day at the charity stripe with nine points on 13 attempts for the game.

Pagosa Springs’ offense was led by Dozier’s 12 points, including two 3-point goals. Lewis finished with nine points and seniors Hailey Griego and Elsa Linder had seven points each.

Juniors Keely Porter and Alexa Huff scored six points apiece for the Panthers, who finished the season with a 21-4 record. Delta’s record for the past two years combined is 44-6.

A number of bizarre events this past week interrupted the 2020 State Basketball Championships in all classifications. The National Basketball League abruptly suspended its season with the playoffs barely into its schedule on  March 11. Shortly afterwards, other sporting venues were reporting suspension and cancellations for various sports throughout the United States. The prep sports world was not exempt with the Colorado High School Activities Association announcing restrictions on fan attendance for the opening day of the 2020 3A state basketball championships in Denver. Initially, no fans were to be allowed into games for Thursday’s (March 12) opening round of the Great 8. That was later amended to allow four fans per name on gate lists for each team playing in the tournament. Fortunately for Delta High School, most of the family members and friends, who had traveled to see the Panthers play, were on the Panthers admit list when Delta faced Pagosa Springs in an 8:45 a.m. game on Thursday morning.

With Pagosa Springs posting a 14-7 score after one quarter, the Panthers knew they were in a battle. Both defenses caused numerous miscues in the game but it was Delta’s inability to score with consistency that ultimately proved to be the key to the game.

Delta senior Sara Geddes scored four of her game-high 13 points in the opening quarter with Pagosa Springs senior Taylor Lewis scoring five points, including one of the Pirates’ four 3-point goals. Neither team had memorable second quarters with Pagosa Springs holding a 5-4 advantage at quarter’s end to take a 19-14 lead to halftime.

The Panthers were limited to Geddes’ four points on a field goal and two free throws in the third quarter while junior Adelyn Dozier sparked the Pirates offensive attack with seven points in a 14-4 run. Dozier had a pair of 3-point goals in the quarter that helped the Pirates take a 33-18 lead to the final eight minutes of play.

Delta was forced to foul in the fourth quarter and the Pirates were recipients of 14 free throw tries in the quarter with 12 makes. Pagosa Springs finished the game with 20 free throw attempts and 15 makes. Delta didn’t have a bad day at the charity stripe with nine points on 13 attempts for the game.

Pagosa Springs’ offense was led by Dozier’s 12 points, including two 3-point goals. Lewis finished with nine points and seniors Hailey Griego and Elsa Linder had seven points each.

Juniors Keely Porter and Alexa Huff scored six points apiece for the Panthers, who finished the season with a 21-4 record. Delta’s record for the past two years combined is 44-6.

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