For 16 minutes the Delta Panthers were able to solve Patrick Henry’s triangle-and-2 defense to take a three point halftime lead.
However, in the second half the Panthers were only able to hit 3 for 21 field goals and the Patriots got a pair of huge late game triples to steal a 49-44 NWOAL triumph at Delta Thursday.
Patrick Henry connected on 7 for 8 first quarter field goals, including 3 of 3 by Katelyn Drewes, but only led by a point thanks to six Patriot turnovers and Mary Miller’s work inside as the 5’9” senior scored twice herself and found Hayley Callahan underneath for another hoop.
Jessica Bostleman’s coast-to-coast romp helped bump the PH lead to 20-16 before Emily Clifton knocked down the first of her trio of second quarter buckets, a long three-ball to slice the lead to one. Clifton gave the Panthers a 21-20 lead 34 seconds later and the two teams went into back-and-forth mode, trading hoops and lead changes four times.
Abby Freeman finally gave Delta a three point edge with a pair of free throws and after Courtney Rosebrook answered with the same at the other end, Erin Mazurowski re-established a three point lead the Panthers would take to the locker room with a foul line jumper.
Twice the Panthers took a five point lead in the third, the last on Miller’s fastbreak bucket halfway through the quarter.
It was then Delta went the next six minutes-plus without a field goal and Patrick Henry went past the Panthers with 11 seconds left on Claire Seedorf’s three-point play.
Delta reclaimed the lead with 6:12 left in the game on Maddie Mattimore’s two free throws, and after Drewes hit a pair for the Patriots, Mattimore’s drive gave Delta a 41-39 advantage with 4:13 to go.
That’s when Bostleman drilled a triple with 3:24 left, giving the Patriots a 42-41 lead.
Miller knotted the score with a free throw, but Katie Wagner gave the Patriots the lead for good with a three-pointer with 1:26 left before PH salted the game away at the foul line. Drewes hit the biggest ones, making both ends of a two shot bonus with 19 seconds left to give Patrick Henry a two possession lead at 48-44.
For the game, Patrick Henry hit 15 for 36 from the floor. After knocking down 44 percent of their field goal attempts in the first half, Delta ended up just 14 for 46 for 30 percent.
Drewes led a balanced Patriot attack with 11 points while Wagner had 10. Miller and Clifton each had 10 for the Panthers.
Delta falls to 1-2 in the NWOAL while Patrick Henry moves up to 2-1.
The Panthers then dropped a 46-26 decision on the road to Otsego Saturday. Mattimore was the only Panther in double figures as she finished with 12 points.
Delta is at home this Thursday when they play host to Liberty Center in NWOAL action.
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