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Delphi has trouble stifling Central Catholic’s offensive stampede
By Clay Maxfield
The Lady Oracles came into Saturday’s game against Central Catholic with a 7-3 record along with a conference record of 2-0. They looked to build on that undefeated record in the Hoosier Conference but fell behind the eight ball in the first quarter, ultimately seceding to a 53-41 defeat to the Central Catholic Knights.
Beginning the game the Lady Oracles knew they were in for a tough matchup against a team with a high offensive prowess and it showed as the Knights went out in a 10-1 run in the first quarter and later built on to that lead to win the first quarter with a 16-5 lead going into the 2nd period.
The second quarter began with Delphi slowly getting out of their offensive funk as Bailey Gasser hit a bucket from deep and Myka Roth converted on a three point play from inside the paint. But shortly afterwards Central Catholic went on another one of its many small runs in the game and Delphi looked to Minier and Roth to pull them out of their rut as they both made trips to the line along with working in the paint, slowly dwindling its deficit to 31-16 going into halftime.
The Lady Oracle’s post presence continued to pay dividends as Minier came out in the third quarter laying the ball in along with finishing a three point play on the ensuing possession.
Delphi continued what turned out to be a 9-2 run thanks to a Roth lay up along with free throws from Gasser and Minier as well. This run was part of 18 points in the quarter as they trailed 44-34 going into the fourth quarter.
Central Catholic came out in the final quarter with an emphasis on defensive intensity as they held the Lady Oracles to 7 points, squandering any hope of Delphi coming back for a victory and finally finishing the game with a final score of 53-41.
Starting sophomore point guard, Rylee Lane, felt that after Saturday’s loss “our defense was a concentrated effort but Central Catholic just made shots. We had to adjust defensively later on and they made it tough on us since we couldn’t convert on the offensive end. We had a great bounce back in the second half though but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to come back from the hole that we had dug ourselves in earlier in the game.”
Delphi was led by Roth with 14, Minier, 12 and Gasser with 11. Minier and Gasser both had 8 and 6 rebounds for the game respectively.