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Delta girls basketball heading back to Class 1 Final Four

Delta senior guard Presley Holweg led the Bobcats in scoring in both the sectional and quarterfinal games with a combined 36 points. Photo by Jay Forness

For the second time in four seasons, the Delta girls basketball team will play in the Class 1 Final Four this week at Mizzou Arena in Columbia.

The Bobcats (29-1) advanced to state with a 61-43 win over Walnut Grove (26-4) in the quarterfinals Friday night at home.

Leading the way for Delta was one of its senior leaders forward Presley Holweg, who scored a team-high 19 points as she went 14-of-16 at the free-throw line.

Pacing Holweg for the Bobcats was junior guard Jade Berry with 15 points of her own off a team-high three 3-pointers. She also had success at the charity stripe, shooting 4-for-6.

The third and final player for Delta to score in double digits was senior post Mya Gillespie with 10 points. Fellow senior guard Addison Nichols finished right behind Mya at eight with one 3-pointer and finishing 5-for-6 in free throws.

The Bobcats Class 1 sectional game versus Chadwick (20-7) was a much closer contest at 60-55. Holweg still led Delta in scoring with 17 points as Nichols paced her at 16, while Berry produced 13 and hit four 3’s.

This evening, the Bobcats will face Northeast Cairo (25-5) in the state semifinals with a trip to the Class 1 state championship game on the line.

Delta advanced to the state title game two years ago, ultimately losing to South Nodaway 63-50. The Longhorns (28-1) will take on Liberal (25-5) in the other state semifinal following the Delta-Northeast Cairo game.

Nick McNeal covers high school sports, college sports and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Cape Girardeau County for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjsports@socket. net.

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