Both the boys and girls basketball teams have gotten off to a slow start for the 2013-14 season. The boys started the season with four straight losses, three to upper division schools at the Warrior Challenge Tournament, and a loss on the road to Cortez.
Since that time, the Panthers have won three straight games. The boys are now 3-4 overall and have a 1-0 mark in 4A WSL play.
The Lady Panthers began their season with a win in Cortez and then lost four straight times before defeating Hotchkiss in the annual First Colorado National Bank Tournament. A loss in the title game of the tournament to Paonia has Delta starting the new year on a losing streak. Overall, Delta has a 2-5 record.
Delta began its season with strong competition in the Warrior Challenge. After leading in the first half, the Panthers lost momentum and the game, 59-52, to the Fruita Wildcats.
The Panthers held a lead against Central in game two of the tournament but found the second half an unfriendly adventure that led to a 55-42 loss to the Warriors.
Delta's third game of the tournament was with Grand Junction and that was a 50-22 loss, making three straight losses to open the year.
A trip to Cortez on Dec. 10 didn't have a good ending as the Panthers' losing streak continued with a 63-58 loss. Delta led by one at halftime but was outscored 22-16 in the fourth quarter, giving the Panthers their fourth straight loss.
Delta opened its regular season schedule with a game in Gypsum where it overcame a poor first half of play to record a 45-30 win.
The Panthers dominated their opponents in the First Colorado National Bank Tournament with wins over Hotchkiss and Cedaredge on their way to the team title. That marked the 13th time Delta has won the title and marks the second time Delta has won four titles in a row; the last four came in 1996-1999. The Panthers' Jorge Olivas was selected as the tournament's MVP.
The Panthers will have a stiff test when they resume play in the 4A WSL with a trip to Glenwood Springs on Jan. 10. The Demons are currently on top of the league standings with a 3-0 league mark and 7-0 overall.
As with the boys team, the Lady Panthers had an unusually tough start with three of their first four games being losses.
A trip to Cortez on Dec. 2 was a 47-19 decision for the Lady Panthers.
The next three games came in the Fruita Wildcat Tournament. Delta faced Carbon County (UT) in its first game and struggled with its offense as it fell 42-21.
Game two of the tournament was with Air Academy (Colorado Springs). The same offensive bug prevented Delta from competing in this game in a 38-17 loss.
Game three was with Central and the offensive struggles were persistent through three quarters of play. A fourth quarter rally by the Lady Panthers was too little and too late as Central prevailed 41-32.
Delta's fourth loss came against league foe Eagle Valley on Dec. 19 in Gypsum. The Lady Panthers had a great first half which led to a 27-14 halftime lead. In the second half, the wagon that would eventually have the wheels come off couldn't be found. Eagle Valley outscored Delta 36-12 for a 50-39 win.
Delta split its First Colorado National Bank Tournament games to end the 2013 portion of its schedule. The Lady Panthers defeated Hotchkiss to reach the finals against Paonia. The Lady Eagles earned the team title with a 40-34 win.
Delta's next opponent, league-leading Glenwood Springs, is on Jan. 10.blog comments powered by Disqus