Second Half Domination Sends Lady Panthers to District Championship Game
Rebounding from a somewhat sluggish and uncharacteristically sloppy first half that yielded a slim four-point lead, the Delta Lady Panthers outscored the Eastwood Lady Eagles by 22 points in the second half to ride a 53-27 victory into the OHSAA Girls DIII District Championship game at Anthony Wayne High School. The win by the #3-seeded Panthers over the #2-seeded Eagles sends Delta up against the #1-seeded Elmwood Lady Royals, a 55-39 winner over the Swanton Lady Bulldogs earlier in the evening.
The first five minutes of the game had all the markings of an easy win for the Panthers as they raced out to an 11-2 lead getting points from four of their five starters. But just as quickly, a rash of Delta turnovers allowed the Eagles back into the game and the quarter ended with the Panthers on top 12-10.
Delta’s ball handling problems continued into the second quarter and Eastwood was able remain close. Brooklyn Wymer made two free throws to push the lead to 20-16 when the horn sounded to end the first half.
The Eagles forced another turnover to open the third quarter and hit a three-point shot to pull within one. At this point, the Lady Panthers began to regroup and take control of the contest. Braelyn Wymer was fouled attempting a shot from behind the arc and converted all three free throws. She then connected on a three pointer and when Brooklyn Green netted a deep shot from the corner, Delta had their first double digit lead of the game at 32-21. Reagan Rouleau drove inside for a lay-up with 8.5 seconds on the clock and the period ended with 34-21 advantage.
The fourth quarter was basically a shooting clinic put on by the Delta Lady Panthers as they scored 19 points, all from the field on baskets by seven different players. The Panther defense held Eastwood to just six as Delta cruised down the stretch for the win.
Green captured game high scoring honors with 16 points while Rouleau added 13. Braelyn Wymer scored 10 points and Ella Ford and Brooklyn Wymer had five points each. Aubrey Haas scored 11 points for the Eagles and Kayla Buehler had seven.
Pictured: Brooklyn Green shoots from inside the key.