Katerina Garcia had the ball at the top of the key - jab step, penetration, pull-up jumper, foul.
There isn't anything extraordinary with this particular chain of events, only this time the shot didn't drop, but she did.
Garcia, the Division I recruit, flashed across the lane and took an off-balance shot in traffic. She was fouled by at least one of three Kirtland Central players in the lane. She came down even more off-balance, writhing in pain while paying special care to her left leg.
Durango's worst-case scenario came true Tuesday night: Lose the game, lose Garcia.
Kirtland Central defeated Durango 58-44, more than one month after the Demons beat the Broncos 52-42 in Kirtland, N.M.
"We just weren't ready to play," Demons coach Mary Psenda said.
For the second consecutive contest between these two teams, the game was decided in the third quarter.
At Kirtland: Garcia scored 14 third-quarter points in the Demons' 28-point frame to lead a second-half comeback.
At Durango: The Broncos outscored the Demons 15-5 in the third quarter to open up a 38-29 lead.
Down by seven with 46 seconds to play in the frame, Garcia was felled by what is now being called a high ankle sprain. She lay on the court for several minutes, shaking in pain, then was carried off by trainers. She eventually left the bench under her own power, but returned late in the fourth quarter with a boot on her left ankle.
"It's all day-to-day at this point," Psenda said. "She's on crutches and in a boot.
"We have to look at what we have. People get injured. We have to make whatever adjustments that we need to make, then just keep playing basketball."
Sans Garcia, the Demons went more than 5 minutes without a field goal.
Morgan Gurule, who finished the game at point guard, hit a 3-pointer at the 5-minute mark of the fourth quarter to pull the Demons within 10, and provide their first field goal since Garcia's 3-point play at the 3-minute mark of the third quarter.
It was much too little, though.
Kirtland Central salted its victory with a 72-percent effort from the free throw line, including 16 made free throws in the final quarter.
"We have to find a way to refocus and get ready for league play," Psenda said.
Durango, ranked seventh in the state in the Rocky Mountain News Class 5A poll, lost 82-46 to No. 2 Highlands Ranch on Saturday in the Front Range. Durango (9-3) will open Southwestern League play this weekend at Montrose and Grand Junction.
"This was a tough game," Psenda said. "We got in at 1 a.m. Sunday, and then we had one day of catch-up to play, but there are no excuses.
"We have got to be ready to play." email@example.com