RICHFIELD — The girls’ 2A semifinal matchup between Delta and North Summit started off with some fire and ended with some defense.
In the end, the Rabbits came away with a 52-46 win over the Braves to reach Saturday's title game against North Sevier. Both teams combined for a total of 66 points in the first half alone, but the game slowed down offensively in the second half with only 32 points scored.
“We gave up more points in the first quarter today then we did in the first half Thursday,” Delta head coach Kurtis Topham said. “I knew they had some shooters, but the way their team shot I was like, ‘It might be there all night.'”
North Summit senior Brena Richins didn’t need any warm-up time and racked up 12 points in the first five minutes of play. She ended up with 16 points in the first half. The Rabbits were able to fight fire with fire as they tallied seven 3-pointers in the first half alone. Senior Kylee Wardle knocked down three 3-pointers in the first half to keep Delta in the game.
“I’ve just been practicing (my shot) a lot lately,” Wardle said. “I’ve know that I’ll have to use it in the state tournament.
The second half brought a different story for the game. Each side only managed to score seven points due to a strong defensive effort from both teams.
The Rabbits might have lost the game if it weren’t for its offensive rebounding, which gave the team a lot of second chance points.Comment on this story
“We talked about that at halftime, defense and rebounding is what is going to win this game,” Topham said. “Down the stretch we got rebounds and got some big stops.”
With only two minutes to go in regulation the game was tied. Thanks again to Delta’s offensive rebounding and clutch free throws down the stretch from senior Harlee Willoughby, the Rabbits were able to pull away and continue their goal of back-to-back championships.
Delta will play for the title Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.