Delta makes adjustment in second half to slow Hayden, defeat Palisade
Going into the second half of Tuesday’s 61-55 win over Palisade, Delta boys basketball coach Von Mitchell knew his team needed to stop Jeremy Hayden.
Palisade led 29-20 at halftime thanks to Hayden’s 16 points— including four 3-pointers.
“(We) just tried to make him take some stuff a little different from his rhythm,” Mitchell said.
The strategy paid off, as Hayden made only three more shots the rest of the night, scoring seven points in the second half.
Meanwhile the Panthers, who trailed by as many as 15 in the first quarter, mounted a comeback. Delta started the second half with a 12-0 run and grabbed its first lead of the game after a 3-pointer by Tim Ashurst.
“These guys just have some fight in them,” Mitchell said. “They have some heart and they just applied it.”
After Delta took the lead, the two teams went back and forth, with Hayden hitting a 3-pointer to give Palisade a one-point edge heading into the final quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Delta got early buckets, and Palisade had timely shooting from Hayden, Dakota Bond and Nate Yanez to get within three in the final half minute.
With 11 seconds left, Phillip Decker’s basket to give Delta a 60-55 lead.
“All the credit goes to (Delta),” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “They made the adjustments and did what they needed to do.”
Phillips said that the team relied too much on outside shooting late in the game.
“We were shooting some shots from the perimeter (instead of) throwing the extra pass to get the ball in the paint,” Phillips said.
The Palisade girls basketball team couldn’t get the ball to roll the way it needed to in a 52-44 loss to Delta.
The Bulldogs were able to get plenty of good looks, but the ball wouldn’t go in the basket as Delta took a lead the Bulldogs weren’t able to match.
“We had to play comeback the whole game and that was tough,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said.
With post Kendra Barnes on the bench with foul trouble in the second half, Meghan Peters did her best to keep the Bulldogs in the game. The senior scored eight of her 14 points in the second half.
Palisade was within six points for most of the final quarter, trailing 45-40 with 1:22 left before Delta put the out of reach.
Skylynn Webb led Delta with 10 points.