Delta girls rally past Palisade
But for a 2 1/2—minute span at the end of the second quarter, the Palisade High School girls basketball team played fairly evenly with Delta on Tuesday.
The Panthers more than took advantage of that stretch, however, turning a three-point deficit into a six-point lead to close out the half as Delta took a 48-36 win.
Palisade (5-17, 5-8 Western Slope League) led 19-16 with 2:24 remaining in the second quarter. To that point, the Bulldogs had turned the ball over nine times.
The Panthers (7-11, 6-7) forced four turnovers down the stretch. Moreover, Delta, which had shot only 6 of 29 from the floor to that point, hit three consecutive baskets to lead 25-19.
“We’ve been focusing this half of the season on shutting down scorers (and) putting pressure on them,” Delta coach Matt Hamm said.
“We’re definitely working on that,” Palisade coach Toni Gunther said of a season-long turnover problem.
The Bulldogs did make a mini-run in the fourth quarter, keyed by solid defense.
“We’re trying really hard to play straight-up defense,” Gunther said.
Shooting woes, another season-long problem, plagued the Bulldogs, who were 13 of 48 from the field.
“I do appreciate that they don’t give up,” Gunther said of her team.
Delta was led by Hannah Roberson, who had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Alicia Gieck, who scored 11 points.
Sarah Hay and Kendra Barnes each scored eight points and Holly Odneal six to lead Palisade.
Odneal joined Hays and Jenny Brown in playing their last home game for Palisade and were honored on senior night after the game.
“It’s pretty tough,” Odneal said of playing her last game on her home court after playing four years on varsity.
Palisade closes out the regular season on Friday at Rifle.
MONTROSE 55, FRUITA MONUMENT 38
The Wildcats couldn’t withstand a balanced scoring night from Montrose and fell to the Indians 55-38 on the road.
Montrose had five players score at least five points, led by Kaylee Walker’s 11.
“Montrose plays so under control,” Fruita Monument coach Dan Schmalz said. “You almost have to play a perfect game to beat them.”
Schmalz said Tuesday night’s game was similar to the Wildcats’ last loss to Central, where they felt like they never let the game get away but couldn’t make shots when it counted.
Fruita was led by Taylor Johnson who had 11 points. Katie Lewis added eight.
“We felt like we contained their posts but we couldn’t do anything in the fourth,” Schmalz said.
The Wildcats hope to bounce back from two straight losses when they finish the regular season Friday at Grand Junction.