Curtis helps Delta girls cruise into 4A district semis

Make it 17 in a row for the Delta girls basketball team.

The Panthers added to their winning streak with a 52-27 victory over Eagle Valley on Thursday in the first round of the Class 4A Southwestern/Western Slope District tournament at Brownson Arena.

Leading scorer Skylyn Webb faced one-on-one pressure throughout, and that was no problem for No. 2-seeded Delta (17-3). Shelby Curtis simply took over with a game-high 15 points.

Taylor Martin led seventh-seeded Eagle Valley (12-9) with 10 points.

Delta will play third-seeded Rifle at 3 p.m. today at Brownson.

Curtis dislocated a knee in the Sweet 16 round of last season’s state playoffs. This year, her knee temporarily popped out of place twice, Delta coach Matt Hamm said. She wears a brace to keep her kneecap secure.

“Shelby is the third head of our three-headed monster,” Hamm said. “She’s had a quiet season with the knee injury, but she’s a player.”

The other two monsters are Webb, who finished with six points, and Callie Gafford, who had 11 points.

“As long as someone else is scoring,” Webb said, “I don’t get frustrated about the box-and-one.”

Hamm said Delta had played at CMU before, but not in Brownson Area. That, he said, perhaps is a reason why Delta began the game sluggish on defense.

“We weren’t moving our feet, didn’t crash the boards, didn’t defend the high post, weren’t rotating,” Hamm said. “We played here at summer camp before, but not on the big court.”

And now the Delta girls and Montrose are the top seeds.

“If we win this tournament, it’s a real big deal,” Webb said. “I don’t think the Delta girls have ever won a district championship before.”


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