After the game was all said and done, and Delta had downed Wauseon 66-38 at home in girls basketball Thursday, Panther coach Ryan Ripke said his Panthers still had to keep working hard and getting better.
Better the Panthers have become as after starting the season 0-2, they are now riding a four game winning streak.
“We still have a ways to go,” said Ripke. “The 10 turnovers in the first quarter are way too many. But when you shoot 8-13 that helps make up for that. To score 66 points in a game is very good too.
“Defensively I thought we played pretty well and we hit the boards pretty well too. But tomorrow we’ll be back in here getting after it again.”
Delta overcame those 10 first quarter miscues with a 12-0 run in a 2:36 span after Rylee Campbell’s jumper had helped Wauseon to a 3-1 lead.
Maddie Mattimore drove for a score, then Emily Clifton got a putback and scored on a back-cut from Abby Freeman.
Mary Miller got inside for a hoop, Freeman knocked down a left wing jumper, and Mattimore scored off an Indian turnover to make it 13-3.
“We’ve been looking for a third scorer in games all year to go along with Abby and Maddie,” said Ripke. “It doesn’t have to be the same person every game but we do need that third scorer to take the pressure off those two. Tonight is was Emily.”
Clifton got inside for a bucket 42 seconds into the second quarter for her third hoop of the night and after Mya Suarez countered with a 15-footer, Delta rang up 10 of the next 13 points in the game.
Freeman and Mattimore hit 3 of 4 from the foul line, which Suarez answered back with a triple at the other end.
Erin Mazurowski’s spin move on the baseline, Freeman’s drive and Mattimore’s three-ball finished the half, carrying the Panthers into the locker room with a 34-18 lead.
Delta nailed 13 of 25 from the field in the first half for 52 percent while holding Wauseon to 6 of 28 and 21 percent.
The Panther lead expanded to 48-22 in the third behind a pair of steal and scores from Freeman, a score off a turnover by Mattimore, Clifton again getting inside for a hoop and a jumper from Mazurowski.
Karli Penrod’s drive and three-pointer reduced the lead to 21 heading into the fourth but Freeman and Mattimore combined for the next 15 Delta points to balloon the Panther lead to 63-34.
“Again offensively it always looks good when you shoot the ball well,” stated Ripke. “And of course when you turn the other team over and it turns into easy baskets that is a big help too.”
Delta forced 22 Indian mistakes while only committing seven the last three quarters for a total of 17.
Delta ended up at 45 percent from the floor in the game, while the Indians finished at 28 percent.
Mattimore nosed out Freeman for game scoring honors 24 to 23.
Suarez was the only Indian in double figures with 12.
The Indians are still winless on the season at 0-5. The Panthers move to 4-2.
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