2019-02-06 / Sports

DA Girls Persevere In Battle Of Rivals

By Rosie Cunningham

DELHI - Delaware Academy defeated Walton in the Midstate Athletic Conference (MAC), 51-41 Tuesday.

The Bulldogs trailed, 11-10, after one quarter, but outscored the Warriors, 14-4, in the second for a 24-15 halftime lead. 

“Walton is a quality team and I was very pleased with the way our girls played, especially on the defensive side of the ball,” said DA Coach Todd Bruce. “After being down 11-10 at the end of the first quarter, we responded with a 14-4 second quarter, carrying some momentum into halftime.  Walton made several runs at us in the second half, but each time, I thought our girls did a great job responding.”

Bruce said there were three starters in foul trouble throughout the game.

“Our bench stepped up and did a great job at both ends of the floor,” he said. “They are an excellent 3-point shooting team (hit five in this game), but they also have great post players, so we really concentrated on limiting their second chances and trying to contest as many shots a s possible without giving up good interior defense.” 

As a team, DA had a total of 14 steals and in the fourth quarter, when Walton had cut the lead to six, Riley Mason scored five points, which included a 3-pointer.

According to Bruce, Anna Post dropped 18 points in the win. Mason netted eight points and Sylvia Liddle tallied eight points and had six assists and six boards for the Bulldogs.

For the Warriors, Olivia Harby scored 11 and teammate McKenzie Clough had 10 - Jordynn Palmatier dropped a trio of 3-pointers for nine points.

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