Durango's first weekend in Southwestern League action was its first weekend sans Katerina Garcia.
"It was educational," DHS girls basketball coach Mary Psenda said.
Durango lost 60-19 to Montrose on Friday night, then 51-29 to Grand Junction on Saturday afternoon.
"We made our own mistakes" against Grand Junction, Psenda said. "The biggest thing is the girls got better (Saturday). Their effort was great. Their attitude was great. They worked hard, from the first quarter to the fourth quarter, they improved, and if you can get that every game, that's a good thing."
Durango's all-state point guard suffered a high ankle sprain in Tuesday night's nonconference home game against Kirtland Central and is considered day-to-day, although the boot and the crutches suggest at least a fortnight.
"(Friday), we came out, and we weren't together," Psenda said of the Montrose game.
"(Saturday) we worked together. We helped get each other open, we shared the ball, everyone rebounded. It was an educational weekend."
Neely Surmeier led the Demons with 12 points.
"She got after the boards," Psenda said. "She got herself in position to attack the basket. She stepped up. She showed why - in my opinion - she showed Junction why she is an all-conference player.
"She went to the boards, grabbed every rebound she could. She was six for eight from the free throw line. She made strong moves to the basket and finished with people on her. She even dribbled the ball up the court at times.
"Everyone got better (Saturday)," Psenda said.
Durango, 0-2 in league play, will return home next weekend to host a pair of SWL games against Fruita Monument and Grand Junction Central.