Delphi falls behind late, relinquishes grasp on Kitchen Classic title to Carroll
By Clay Maxfield
After rolling through their first two opponents earlier in the week Delphi took the floor Saturday night expecting a hard fought battle against county rival Carroll Cougars. A scrappy, hardnosed and physical Cougar team is exactly what they got as they played from behind a large majority of the game, inciting multiple comebacks but failing to ever gain a significant lead, ultimately losing by 12 with a final tally of 43-31.
From the opening tip Delphi and Carroll traded possessions for the first few minutes, failing to get anything going on the offenseive end due to each other’s defensive presence until Carroll got off on the right foot, scoring on the inside only to have Tatum Minier go to the line, 1 for 2. After this each team traded baskets, Carroll scoring from all over the floor while the Lady Oracles spent a lot of their time going to the free throw line. The 1st quarter finished with a 3 point deficit for Delphi as they trailed 10-7 leading into the second.
The second quarter of the Kitchen Classic continued on with Delphi working from the free throw line, while Carroll continued to hit jumper after jumper. At the 5 minute mark Delphi trailed 10-14 until Minier hit a pair of free throws and then hit an open baseline jump shot from the left hand side, followed by Rylee Lane going 1 for 2 from the stripe. Carroll countered though going into halftime with a four point lead.
Scrappy, physical played led on into the second half while Carroll came out on a until Erika Carroll, Bailey Gasser, Minier and Roth led a small comeback with multiple baskets inside aided by trips to the line, only to have them trail 22-26 finishing the 3rd.
Minier, Gasser and Roth picked up where they left off in the fourth, jumpstarting one of many small comebacks in the final quarter but it failed to be enough as they succumbed to Carroll’s suffocating pressure on the defensive end coupled by their relentless success on the offensive end, finishing with a final score of 43-31 going Carroll’s way for the Indiana Kitchen Classic championship.
Following the game, Delphi junior forward, Tatum Minier felt that “mental preparation was to blame for our rough start. That ultimately led us to playing catchup the entire game but we there are a lot of positive things we can take away from this game that will not only prepare us for when we play Carroll again on Tuesday but mold us into the team we need to be in order to compete at a high level throughout this season.”
The Lady Oracles were led by Tatum Minier with a team high 11 points and Myka Roth chipping in 9. Myka Roth and Bailey Gasser were the leading workers on the glass as the tallied 10 and 8 rebounds on the night as well.