Delta girls basketball started hot on Tuesday, and then used a strong fourth quarter to pick up a big win over Montrose.
The Panthers (9-1), ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, beat 4A No. 8 Montrose 37-35. The win was due in large part to a 14-6 advance in the final quarter.
"Our girls are young and showed unbelievable maturity in the fourth," Delta coach Kyle Crowder said. "We battled and treated each possession as a must have. I'm extremely proud of the effort and attitude they showed down the stretch. We need to convert more opportunities early, but this is a big win against a very quality opponent."
Sara Geddes led Delta with 12 points, eight rebounds and two assists, and Alexa Huff scored eight points.
Delta started the game on a 9-1 run, and used that to spark a 22-18 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Montrose (13-2) caught fire, using an 11-1 advantage to take a 24-23 lead going into the final frame. They pushed that lead to 32-25 with 4:40 to play, but Delta would not go away.
The Panthers cut the lead to 35-32 with 1:47 left in the game, and then rallied for the 37-35 win. They closed the game on a 12-0 run.
Kennadie Minerich led Montrose in scoring with 15 points.