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Dedication-Determination-Defense…for Raelyn Delt the key to the success of the Howe Lady Lions is all about WE more than me. 

Two years ago during her freshman season, the 5’9 forward was a role player as her Howe teammates won a state championship. After the pandemic cancelled the Lady Lions dreams to repeat in 2020, the now junior was a major contributor as Howe roared to a back-to-back Class 2A gold ball winning season.

“The first time was awesome but I think that I had a greater impact on this year’s team. So to win it this year and go back-to-back is indescribable.”

In the championship final, Delt totaled 10 points and three rebounds as Howe defeated Silo 71-57 for the 2A girls crown.

Known for their ability to put points on the scoreboard, Delt says that defense is “HOWE”…how we play.

“Our offense comes from our defense and all year, especially in the finals, we were able to get steals that turned into points on the scoreboard.”

According to head coach Chris Brown, the defensive energy of Delt was special after refusing to be sidelined by injury and was a testimony to the team motto, “Defense Travels.”

“Raelyn tore her Posterior Crucial Ligament last July and wasn’t released to return to practice until December,” recalled coach Brown. “Once she returned, she never sat out again, in practice or in games. Raelyn always picked up the basketball or covered the opponents’ best player. Even while wearing a brace for protection, she epitomized what we’re all about, Toughness and Grit.”

As the final seconds clicked off the Big House scoreboard, Delt couldn’t hide her emotions as well her smile when raising the gold ball for a second time. 

When asked to share what it means to be a Howe Lady Lion, she glanced at her knee and replied without hesitation.

“There’s nothing better. We’re a family that works together and has fun too. The opportunity to wear this uniform, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

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