A new year brought about changes which were pleasing for some and not so for others in Delta High School's basketball camp. The girls' program suffered its first loss of the season last year in the First Colorado National Bank tournament when Cedaredge's Bruins won a closely played title game. Delta bounced back with its first win of 2018 last Friday night when it defeated the visiting Roaring Fork Rams, 55-39.
Delta's boys, on the other hand, were looking to begin the 2018 year with another victory to stay unbeaten, but Roaring Fork had other plans in a 59-47 decision over the Panthers.
Panthers 55, Rams 39
Senior Aubrey Jones scored in each of the four quarters of her game against Roaring Fork (1-1, 4-3). She contributed 17 points, with a six-point second quarter being her biggest scoring quarter. Her effort helped generate a 19-10 Panther run to create a 29-18 halftime lead over the Rams.
The Panthers (1-0, 5-1) took a 43-25 lead to the final stanza.
Nine of Delta's 12 fourth-quarter points came at the free throw line with sophomore Sara Geddes hitting five of seven charity tosses in the period. Geddes finished eight of 11 for the game from the free throw line and finished with 12 points.
Junior Missa Webb and freshman Keeley Porter contributed 10 points each to the Panthers' win.
Logan Erickson had 11 points and teammate Gaby Sentzna had 10 for the Rams in a losing cause.
Rams 59, Panthers 47
A very quick and athletic Roaring Fork team jumped out to a fair lead early in the first quarter only to have Delta roar back to take a 15-14 lead after the first eight minutes of action.
The big difference in this game was Roaring Fork's 21-point second quarter giving the Rams a 35-25 halftime lead.
The Panthers (0-1,5-1) managed to pull to within four late in the game, but Roaring Fork (1-0, 6-1) staged yet another regrouping effort to hold off Delta's determined play. The Rams outscored Delta 15-12 to make the final score 59-47.
Delta's hoops teams hit the floor next on Jan. 12 against Montrose in Delta at 6 and 7:30 p.m. (girls and boys varsity teams, respectively).
The Panthers host Gunnison this Saturday with varsity games at 4 and 5:30 p.m. Next week's action begins on Jan. 16 with Cedaredge coming to Delta for 6 and 7:30 p.m. contests.