The youth of the Delta High School girls basketball team was on full display this past weekend.
The Panthers saw 12 players score during a 60-28 victory over Centauri and had clutch offensive performances from two young players in a 55-44 win over Alamosa.
Against Centauri, Delta won each individual quarter and was buoyed by its bench, something Panthers coach Kyle Crowder said isn’t surprising.
“We get to see them every day in practice,” Crowder said with a laugh. “But it’s good to give them an opportunity to go out there and show what they can do. In all honestly, six through 12, there’s not a huge difference in talent. There might be some size or physical traits that set people apart, but the talent is pretty even.”
With Alamosa, the Panthers overcame adversity. Delta built a 12-1 lead after the first quarter, then saw that evaporate to a 23-21 edge at halftime. The Panthers responded with a big run in the third quarter that opened a double-digit lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.
“Other than Montrose, we haven’t had a close game where we’ve been tested like that,” Crowder said. “It’s nice be in those situations and winning big games. You get to see them get tested a little bit and I thought they handled the pressure really well.”
At the forefront of that composure was a pair of young guards: Sophomore Tatem Miller and freshman Taylor Somers.
Miller led the Panthers with 15 points, going 8-for-10 from the free-throw line, and Somers had nine points with a 5-for-6 day at the charity stripe.
“They do so many other great things for us that it’s good for them to be put in a tough place in a close game and knock down some icy shots,” Crowder said. “That’s fun to see.”
The Panthers will look to avenge their only loss of the season as they travel to Montrose on Tuesday at 6 p.m. They’ll follow that up with Fruita Monument on Friday at 5 p.m. The Wildcats are 10-2 and just outside the top 10 in the Class 5A CHSAANow.com poll.