The Durango Demons pushed league-leading Grand Junction Central to the limit Friday night.
But a cold spell in the fourth quarter, including a chilly stretch at the foul line, cost the DHS girls in a tough 58-52 loss at Central High School.
The Demons led by six at halftime, and they led by two (45-43) entering the fourth quarter.
But Durango managed only seven points in the final period while the Warriors scored 15.
The Demons were only 2-of-8 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Amy Kame and Haleigh Higgins led the comeback for Central.
Higgins put the Warriors in the lead for good when she hit a layup with 4:12 to play to make the score 50-48.
Karen Hayter hit a 3-pointer for Central on the next possession to push the lead to 53-48.
The Demons exploded to a 12-point lead in the second quarter, riding the offensive output of junior Neely Surmeier.
Surmeier's layup and foul shot gave the DHS girls a 30-18 lead late in the first half.
But Central answered with a 6-0 run to cut the lead to 30-24 at the half.
Surmeier, who scored 12 in the first half, finished with a game-high 22 points as the DHS girls fell to 13-7 overall, 3-3 in the Southwestern League.
Sophomore Aspen McKeever, with three 3-pointers, scored 12 for the Demons. Mary Flick also had a 3-pointer for DHS.
Senior Katerina Garcia added seven points, including a late 3-pointer.
Kame and Higgins led Central with 17 points each.
Hayter, with a pair of 3-pointers, added 13 points as the Central girls improved to 11-6 overall, 5-1 in the SWL.
The DHS girls play at Fruita Monument at noon today.