Lady Oracles stumble in season opener against West Central
By Clay Maxfield
After a season ending in a sectional championship defeat the Lady Oracles looked to start things off with a positive note, starting their season out on the road but looking to finish the evening with a win. The West Central Trojans had other ideas in mind as they beat Delphi in overtime with a final score of 48—45
Tuesday night’s game started off with a long offensive drought, having both teams’ trade possessions back and forth but failing to convert until close to 3 minutes into the game Delphi’s Myka Roth had a lay in but was quickly followed by West Central getting on the board as well with an open 3 pointer. Both teams traded buckets throughout the quarter until the end of the first where Roth and Tatum Minier helped Delphi pull within 3 going into the second.
The second quarter was more of the same as the Lady Oracles continued to struggle when it came to finding their offensive groove while West Central continued to pour it in from outside the three point line. Delphi was kept in the game though by juniors Danielle Swayze and Erika Carroll while the defense helped extinguish any hot streak the Trojans got off to, putting them behind 21-17 going into halftime.
The Delphi team that took the floor in the third quarter looked to be one of polar opposites in the third. Specifically on the offensive end as the trio of Swayze, Minier and Roth had a hand in almost all of the points for the period. The newfound offensive energy carried on over into the forth where Minier went to work in the post, putting an offensive rebound back in for a score along with a lay in later on in the quarter. It failed to be enough to put them over the edge though as West Central hit a fast break lay up to push them into overtime with a tied score of 38.
Overtime provided more highlights as West Central started the extra period off with a 3 only to be countered with a 2 from Roth. Later on in the quarter Minier added another bucket along with multiple trips to the stripe, going 3-4 but it wasn’t quite enough as West Central squeaked out the nail biter with a final score of 48-45.