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Delta girls basketball takes third place in Class 1

Delta senior guard Addison Nichols averaged a team-high 16 points per game in the Class 1 Final Four this past week at Mizzou Arena. Photo by Nick McNeal

For the second and final time in their high school careers, two of Delta girls basketball’s seniors guard Addison Nichols and forward Presley Holweg played in the Class 1 Final Four last week.

Even though these Bobcats didn’t make it to the state championship game like they did as sophomores in 2022, Nichols and Holweg still led their team to bring home its sixth-ever state plaque and have the winningest season in program history with a record of 30-2 overall.

Delta took third place in Class 1 after a thrilling 61-57 victory over Liberal (25-7) on day two of state last Thursday afternoon at Mizzou Arena in Columbia. In their final ride, the Bobcats big three made up by Nichols, Holweg and junior guard Jade Berry combined for 52 of their points.

Holweg led the way with a game-high 20 points in her last outing as a Bobcat, while Nichols produced 18 points and Berry 14.
Holweg and sophomore forward Grace Ancell finished with double-digit rebounds with 10 and also had two steals apiece.

In the state semifinal against Northeast Cairo (26-6), it was Nichols doing a majority of the scoring within the big three with 14 points, finishing 2-for-4 from 3-point range.

Ancell scored a team-high 15 points and senior post Mya Gillespie produced 13, who transferred to Delta from Van Buren this offseason.

As for Holweg and Berry, they only combined for seven points all together as Jade scored five and Presley two. Berry showed out passing the ball with a team-high six assists, but she finished 0-for-10 shooting from three.

Delta turned the ball over five more times than Cairo for the Bearcats to defeat the Bobcats 64-55. Cairo had three players finish in double figures as sophomore guard Olivia Cross produced a game-high 19 points while junior guard Avery Brumley scored 18.

In the Class 1 state title game, Cairo fell to Class 1 powerhouse Platte Valley (30-1) by 12 at 64-52 as Longhorns senior forward Maggie Collins scored a game-high 29 points with a game-high 14 rebounds. This was Maggie’s third and final state championship, and she will continue her playing career near home at Division-II Northwest Missouri State.

Looking at next winter, Delta will return two starters in Berry and Ancell with hopes of continuing its postseason success.

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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