MORLEY -- Scott County Central girls gave Delta, ranked No. 2 in the state in Class 1, a scare before falling 59-50 in overtime at Ronnie Cookson Gymnasium on Friday.
Scott Central junior guard Brittney Peet, who led all scorers with 28 points, sank two crucial free throws with five seconds left in regulation for a tie at 46 to send the game into overtime.
"I'm tickled to death the way the kids kept their composure," said Delta coach Randy White, "because I felt like there were a number of things that could have caused us to lose it."
In the 4-minute overtime, Delta went up 50-46 on two early baskets by Kaci Menz, then Peet left the game with a calf injury at the 2:41 mark.
"When we went into overtime, she started limping," said Scott Central coach Semona Penrod. "With her being out just a couple of minutes, it didn't take long for us to get down."
Peet returned with 1:40 left, but the Lady Bobcats, on Menz' 3-pointer and four makes from the free-throw line, had extended their lead to an insurmountable 10-point margin at 57-47 during her absence.
Scott Central (11-10) led 8-5 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, poor free-throw shooting -- 2-of-6, including two misses on front ends of one-and-one situations -- helped Delta take a halftime lead of 15-14. The Lady Bobcats also struggled at the line, missing 4-of-4 in the quarter.
The third quarter expired with the teams deadlocked at 27.
On the evening, Scott Central made 20-of-31 free-throw attempts, led by Peet's 16-of-19.
Delta managed 12-of-27 from the charity stripe overall, hitting 11-of-18 in the fourth quarter and overtime period.
"We got some penetration and got to the foul line," said White. "That was important, real important."
Behind Peet's 28, Lekisha Turner was the only other Bravette in double figures with 14.
Menz paced Delta with 24, Ashley Deprow added 14 and Shea Smith 11.
Delta (24-1) meets Oran for the championship of Class 1, District 2 at Oak Ridge on Thursday, March 2. The winner faces Scott Central, unopposed in its district, for the sectional title.
Delta's White, asked if this could be a possible preview of the sectional matchup, said, "I don't know. We've got a district game to play."
However, Penrod, whose Bravettes lost to Delta by 20 points earlier in the season, was encouraged.
"I feel like we played with them pretty well and it's going to take, obviously, a little bit more, but we've come a long way," she said. "I think this (effort) will give us a boost of confidence. I've known all along what they're capable of, but getting them to believe it is another story."