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Delta, Scott Central girls will play for trip to quarterfinals

Tuesday, March 9, 2004

Sarah Cook
SIKESTON -- Delta's girls basketball team made its first trip to the state final four last year since 1980.

But after losing much of that group to graduation, this year's Bobcat squad has a much younger look to it. Delta starts two freshman, a sophomore and two juniors. There is not even a senior on the roster.

While this year's Delta squad is young and inexperienced, that does not mean the results have been much different than last season. Delta enters today's sectional game at Sikeston with a 19-5 record.

"We just feel like if we play well we have a shot at most anyone," Delta coach Randy White said.

Delta's two freshmen, Shea Smith and Kaci Menz, have been among its top scorers this season. Smith leads the team with 13.8 points a game, while Menz is tied with junior Sarah Cook at 11.4 points.

"They're a very important part of the ball club," White said of his freshmen.

Delta's first road block on the way to a repeat trip to Columbia will be a familiar foe. The Bobcats will face Scott County Central (14-12), who moved from District 2, where it played Delta in the district finals last season, to District 1.

White said his team's postseason success last season should help his team.

"I think any time you've had success the year before it raises expectations for the kids," he said. "I believe it causes them to dream a bit."

Tonight's clash will come less than two weeks after the two teams met in their regular season finale. Delta came away with a 59-44 win.

"I don't even think about that," White said. "We just look at who we have to play and prepare for them."

For Scott County, this will be its first sectional game since 1999. The Bravettes had won 16 straight district titles from 1984 to 1999, and made the final four 10 times during that stretch.