“I was proud of our effort for three quarters, but the game isn’t 24 minutes long,” Delhi coach Warren Kelly said. “We struggled shooting the whole night and when our defense stopped being as consistent as it was the first three quarters, the flood gates opened up. When (the Hornets) got opportunities, they took full advantage.”
Brandon Mole grabbed 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (10-8), who will begin play in the Section Four Class D tournament Tuesday.
“Gosh, there are so many good teams in Class D,” Kelly said. “I think there are eight different Ds that could win it. I’ve been watching a lot of good teams. There’s a lot of quality out there.”
Walton 49, Oxford 44
Jared Beach scored 13 points as host Walton won the MAC 5-8 consolation game.
Beach also grabbed nine rebounds and had seven assists for the Warriors, who finished the season at 8-10.
The Warriors, who took a 13-point lead into halftime, were outscored, 28-20, in the second half but held on to the lead.
Oxford cut the lead to four points with 10 seconds left.
But Cameron Murphy grabbed a defensive rebound and was fouled. Murphy hit 1 of 2 free throws to cap the scoring.
Colin Adam contributed 11 points for the Warriors.
Kevin Davis led the Blackhawks with 13 points.
SKIINGSection Four State Qualifier
Windham’s Aiden Cohane and Sophia Jaeger swept the giant slalom and slalom races for boys and girls, respectively, during the Section Four State Qualifier at Belleayre Mountain.
Cohane won the giant slalom in 72.63 and placed first in the slalom in 64.17. Cohane’s teammate, George Sheridan, placed second in both races in leading the Warriors to the team title.
Cohane and Sheridan will be joined by Windham’s Joe Pelham, Malcolm Seamans and Tristen Jaeger, and Margaretville’s Riley Ancona at the state meet, which will be held Feb. 24-25 at Bristol Mountain.
On the girls side, Jaeger won the giant slalom in 74.52. Her winning mark in slalom was 73.40.
Windham’s Mattie Seamans finished second in giant slalom (76.18) and Roxbury’s Kailie Vanloan was runner-up in slalom (81.47).
Jaeger, Seamans and Vanloan qualified for the state meet, as did Windham’s Natilie Vining, Sydney Shuster and Sonam Sherpa.
Windham’s boys and girls teams finished unbeaten this season and both will compete for state titles.