2006-01-18 / Sports

Delphi girls pound Clinton Central

By Todd Swank Contributing sportswriter

The Oracle Ladies had not won a game in nearly a month and after being run out of the gym by Northwestern took their frustrations out on the Clinton Central Bulldogs. Losing to N’western 54-37 and running their losing streak to three, Delphi took advantage of a young, inexperienced Bulldog team and built a 20-point lead before winning by eight, 47-39.

As you sat in your seat last Tuesday night to watch the Oracles take on the Tigers of N’Western you knew that Delphi was going to struggle. Looking at the program, the first thing noted the Tigers had five players listed as 5’11” or taller, including one who was 6’5 1/2”. Katie Beach is Delphi’s only player at 5’10” or taller.

Delphi took a 7-2 lead, forcing N’Western to call an early timeout. The Tigers then ran off streaks of seven, seven, eight and six points while Delphi was struggling to get one basket in between those streaks. N’western led 25-11 after one period and held a 15-point lead (36-21) at the half.

The Tigers’ philosophy was if you shoot plenty of three’s, enough will go in to outscore the opponent. At the half Delphi had taken 17 shots, including 9 treys (hitting 3) while N’Western had taken 35 shots including 20 treys (hitting 6).

The second half was no better. The Oracles eventually would fall behind by as many as 22 points. This game was decided by, not so much that N’Western had better athletes, but by the fact that the Tigers had so many second and third chances to score because of their offensive rebounds.

Leading scorers for the Oracles were Leah Cree 11, Katie Beach 9, Erika Hawn 7, Hannah Strasser 6 and Brianne Stauffer 4.

JV score was N’western 41, Delphi 19.

Clinton Central’s team roster is entirely made up of freshmen and sophomores except for one junior. It was obvious early that the Lady Bulldogs were not going to be much of a challenge to the more experienced Oracles. Clinton Central scored first and held a brief 2-0 lead before Delphi came back to regain the lead for good, 4-2. Delphi held a 13-6 advantage after one quarter of play.

The Oracles led 23-9 late in the half and the lead could have been much larger if not for the fact that the Oracles missed several easy shots from within five feet of the basket. The halftime score was Delphi 23, Clinton Central 13.

The Bulldogs were within nine (29-20) when Kaila Jones got hot and scored 11 of the Oracles next 13 points. After three periods the lead was 42-24. The final quarter saw the Bulldogs chip away at the Oracles’ lead until Jones hit another basket and followed that with a three-pointer to seal the victory for Delphi. Jones scored all but two of the Oracles final 18 points in the game.

Leading scorers: Jones 16, (all in second half) Cree 12, Hawn 9, Strasser 4, Stauffer 4 and Beach 2.

The Oracles run their record to 6-9. JV score was Clinton Central 27, Delphi 20.

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