By Clay Maxfield
The Lady Oracles went into Friday night with high hopes of winning the first girls basketball sectional in years and their first stepping stone in their way to that infamous title of North Judson who was 1 of the other 4 teams that went into the tourney with a record below .500. So it could be said that Delphi were the favorites to win the sectional and it was clear that North Judson knew that as well, jumping out on the Oracles early in the first half and pushing them to a 42-26 win.
The first quarter started out with Delphi being pressured on the offensive side of the ball as North Judson shut down all inside options by playing in a zone defense, holding Delphi to two baskets from Tatum Minier and Myka Roth for the first quarter alone. The Lady Oracles kept the same defensive pressure applied throughout the first quarter as well as they held the North Judson Bluejay to 4 points also.
The same defensive pressure was applied was thrust onto Delphi in the second as they only mustered 5 points in the second quarter, all the while letting their own intensity slip away as North Judson blew the game open with 14 points in the second quarter alone.
A lack of intensity shown through in the second half as Delphi struggled with an inconsistency to get their shots to fall along with being plagued with foul trouble. The Lady Oracles defensive prowess wasn’t there throughout the night like it normally is though as the Blue Jays put up 10 in the third and 14 in the fourth to seal a large upset over the Lady Oracles with a final of 42-26.
The Oracles were led by Myka Roth with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Tatum Minier and Bailey Gasser also led in a pursuit on the boards, finishing the game with 8 and 7 rebounds respectively.
Delphi, a team that averaged 51.3 points a game throughout the season finished the season with a record of 18-6 along with an impressive 12-1 record at home.