The Delta Lady Bobcats had been to the playoffs the past seven years before 2008 and it showed Saturday as they defeated Exeter 56-51.
The Lady Bobcats were cool down the stretch and rallied twice to upend the Lady Tigers at West Plains Civic Center.
Exeter led for the majority of the first half going up by six multiple times, but the Tigers could never extend it. Each time Delta rallied. Whether it was a run or a last second buzzer beater 3 to end the half, Delta was able to keep the score close.
After the half Exeter stayed on top briefly before 6 straight points by the Bobcats put them down 23-26. However, the Tigers then scored 6 straight and led 29-26. The third continued its teeter-toter until Delta closed the frame on an 8-1 run giving them a 36-31 lead.
In the fourth Exeter rallied and cut it to 36-35 before Delta scored five in a row making it 41-35. Exeter rallied yet again and this time regained the lead at 43-41 taking back the momentum.
However, the momentum reversed when on a press break Whitney Edie was called for an incidental foul. The foul was Edie's fifth and put her out of the game. Delta made both free throw shots from the foul and tied the game.
Delta took the lead on their next possession after another free throw. Exeter took it back on another basket, but the Bobcats followed with a 7-0 run that helped them put the contest away.
Delta had seven seniors who were seeing the playoffs for their fourth time and that helped the Lady Bobcats' nerves. Delta hit nine-of-ten free throws in the second half and had only three turnovers in the fourth quarter.
Exeter struggled early from the line going 3-12 (25%) in the first half before getting better in the second 8-13 (62%).
Exeter also had a hard time matching up underneath with Delta. The Lady Bobcats out-rebounded Exeter 32-19 in the contest.
Using their full court pressure, the Lady Tigers did force the Bobcats into 20 turnovers in the game, but had a hard time turning those chances into points.
Exeter finished with 17 fouls and did well behind the arc shooting 5-11 (45%).
Exeter was led by junior Whitney Edie, who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Destani Stensrud and Shelby Bowman also did well finishing with 14 and 10 respectively.
Others scoring for Exeter were Katie Chadd 6, Alisha Scott 2 and Kasie Scott 1.
Exeter defeated Bradleyville in their sectional game to advance to play Delta. The Lady Tigers won that game 51-45.
Edie led scoring with 23 points in the contest and Bowman had 10.
Exeter finishes their season with a 21-7 record. They are coached by Jason Cole.