Lady Pioneers win two in a row, bring overall record up to 4-8

By Adam Przeslak, sports editor.

The Lady Pioneers entered their Jan. 6 contest against the Oakland Community College Raiders, looking to end a five-game losing streak. The Raiders’ defense could not keep up with a fast-paced, stable Pioneer offense, leaving Oakland playing catch-up from the jump. Delta managed to score more points in the first quarter than Oakland did during the entire first half.

A strong 19-point performance in the first quarter wasn’t all that the Lady Pioneers strived for. In the second quarter, Pioneers put another 22 points on the board.

The halftime score saw Delta topping Oakland 41-19. There was no stepping off the gas pedal for the Pioneers in the second half as they hammered into the Oakland defense once again, this time racking up 23 points in just the third quarter.

In a bounce-back attempt, the Raiders managed to outscore the Delta squad in the fourth quarter but could not surpass the offensive show that the Pioneers had been putting on all game. The Lady Pioneers found their first win off the new year and put an end to their five game losing streak as they dominated Oakland 82-52. Harmany Williams led Delta in total points with 25 and also contributed 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Makoya Denham led the team with three steals while also scoring 16 points and racking up 7 rebounds herself.

Up next for the Lady Pioneers was an away game at Mott Community College in Flint on Jan. 13. An even first quarter placed both Delta and Mott at 17 points a piece. Things were not as even in the second quarter thanks to a strong Delta defense that limited Mott to 7 points and even stronger Delta offense that 22 points on the board. The Lady Pioneers, in pursuit of their second win in a row, continued their momentum through halftime and offensively overpowered their opponents once again in the third.

Once again it was only the fourth quarter that Delta’s opponents managed to outscore the Lady Pioneers. However, just like with Oakland, it was a little too late for a Mott comeback and Delta placed their second W on the board for 2018. In the 77-61 victory over Mott, it was Williams who lead the team in scoring with 28 points while Rylee Pankow grabbed 13 total rebounds. Marisa Morton also aided the team with 14 points, 4 assists and 4 steals.

Delta headed back home to the Pioneer Gym for a matchup against Schoolcraft on Jan. 17. A troublesome first quarter placed the Lady Pioneers down by five. The Delta offense then proceeded to go off against their division rivals in the second quarter. After scoring double what their opponent had scored Delta was back on top at the half 37-31.

Schoolcraft would bounce right back, however, shutting down the Delta offense and racking up 20 points on their offensive end of the court. Despite the Lady Pioneers best efforts, a comeback was out of the question. Schoolcraft barely bested Delta in this one, 66-60. Williams continued to lead the team in scoring with 16 points and also had 5 assists and 4 steals. A couple key roleplayers came off the bench for Delta including Alexis Sanch, who scored 14 points, and Shallon Grawey, who scored 8 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

On Wed. Jan. 24 St. Clair County Community College comes to the Pioneer Gym to take on Delta at 5:30 p.m. The Lady Pioneers then head on the road for a Saturday game on Jan. 27 against Macomb Community College that’s slated to start at 1 p.m. For the team’s final game in January they are back at home and facing off against Alpena Community College on Jan. 31 at 5:30 p.m.

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