Prowling Panthers: Delta improves to 3-0 in Western Slope League

Delta improves to 3-0 in WSL

Palisade’s Olevia Shafer shoots over Delta’s Jenni Jones on Tuesday night during the Bulldogs’ 47-37 loss to the Panthers.

The Delta High School girls basketball team is looking dangerous.

Tuesday at Palisade, the Panthers (9-3, 3-0 Western Slope League) racked up their ninth win of the season and improved to 3-0 in the WSL with a 47-37 win over the Bulldogs.

“We are glad to get out of here with a win tonight,” Delta coach Matt Hamm said. “We didn’t play our greatest, but whenever you can play a rival and come out on top we are happy.”

Palisade (4-8, 0-2 WSL) started strong, jumping to a 9-4 lead behind the inside play of Kendra Barnes. The Panthers responded with an 8-2 run to end the quarter, but Barnes score nine of the Bulldogs’ 11 first-quarter points.

“It’s a mindset for me, and the past two games I had the wrong mind-set,” Barnes said. “I was getting down on myself if I missed a basket, and would think I was in a slump, but that wasn’t it, it was my mind-set.”

The Bulldogs continued to look to Barnes in the second quarter, but she committed her second foul with five minutes remaining, and was forced to sit much of the quarter.

“I could have done more if I was out there,” Barnes said. “But the fouls hurt.”

Delta controlled the second quarter, outscoring Palisade 10-4 to take a 22-15 lead.

Hamm said the Panthers talked about closing the Bulldogs out in the third quarter.

“We talked at halftime about putting them away in the third quarter, but we came out sluggish,” Hamm said.

The Bulldogs were sparked by an early 3-pointer from Kailie Wallace to cut the lead to 24-20. Palisade continued to push, and trailed only 26-24 after a Courtney Clark steal and layup.

Delta responded and started creating turnovers that led to easy baskets to end the quarter on a 13-5 run.

“We stepped it up in the second half of the third quarter,” Hamm said. “That lead sustained us for the rest of the way.”

Skylyn Webb led Delta with 15 points. Barnes had 16 for Palisade.


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