Delphi cake walks to Indiana Kitchen Classic championship
By Clay Maxfield
Round 1 – Tri-County
The Delphi girls’ basketball team started out on their pursuit to claim yet again another Indiana Kitchen Classic title on Tuesday, starting off against the Tri County Cavaliers. Little did the Cavaliers know the game was over before it even started, being hit with a 14-0 run in the first quarter to ultimately lead the Oracle’s to a decisive 76-24 win to move onto the second round of the Kitchen Classic.
Delphi’s 14-0 run would look to some to be successful clearly on the offensive end but it was all started out by the full court pressure that was applied by the Lady Oracle’s causing turnover after turnover and leading to consecutive by 4 of the 5 starters, Danielle Swayze, Tatum Minier, Myka Roth and Bailey Gasser while sophomore point guard, Rylee Lane looked to be the facilitator for the evening, setting up her teammates.
Tri-County’s troubles continued into the second quarter even when they were able to get the ball past half court their backcourt was pressured into turnovers by stifling defense from on the ball defender, Danielle Swayze and Bailey Gasser getting into the passing lanes, leading to more fast breaks and even more points as Delphi tallied 22 points in the second quarter alone to put them ahead 41-11 leading into the second half.
The Lady Oracle’s showed no signs of playing lax during the second half as they came out with the same intensity as the first half, putting up 14 in the third and 12 in the fourth while holding Tri-County to 5 and 8. Delphi advanced to the second round to play Clinton Central the following Friday evening.
Junior guard Danielle Swayze felt that the team had “great focus on what we wanted to achieve tonight. I felt our play on not only the offensive end of the floor but the defensive end is starting to mold into the quality of play we want to achieve come our future games.”
Delphi was led by Myka Roth with 21 points, Bailey Gasser with 11, Dani Swayze with 9 and Tatum Minier with 8. Swayze and Gasser also led the team with 4 assists a piece.
Round 2 – Clinton Central
Friday night’s game served as an exact replica of the clinic offensively and defensively that Delphi put on Tuesday night when Clinton Central suited up to face the Lady Oracle’s in round 2 of the Indiana Kitchen Classic that ultimately ended in a 74-30 win for Delphi.
The Oracle’s started out their rout in the first quarter going on 7-3 run within the first 3 minutes of the game, while the offensive start was credited to Bailey Gasser with a game opening three and 2 consecutive baskets on the inside from Myka Roth. Clinton Central looked to keep things close, connecting from long range but was quickly matched by Tatum Minier going 3-4 from the free throw line followed by an Erika Carroll layup for 2. Junior Gabi Evans made her season debut, coming back from injury to connect for her first basket of the season off a short jumper from the left hand side of the basket, putting Delphi ahead 16-5 at the end of the 1st.
The Oracle’s second quarter was a similar one as they got things started off with the hot hand from long range, Bailey Gasser for another three followed by Rylee Lane and Tatum Minier working from the free throw line.
Clinton Central was outscored 17-9 in the second quarter, trailing 33-14 going into halftime.
The game seemed to be far out of the reach for the Bulldogs as Delphi never let their foot off the gas, pouring in 27 points in the third quarter alone while putting 14 more up on the board in the final quarter to push them into the championship game against Carroll with a commanding 74-30 victory.