The Durango High School girls basketball team split a day/night doubleheader at the Webb Toyota Tournament in
Farmington on Friday, losing to Kirtland Central 51-38 before rebounding with a 54-22 victory over Farmington.
The Demons held a 15-6 advantage early in the first game, but a pressing Kirtland team gave the young DHS guards
trouble in closing the gap to 23-19 at half.
We gave up some easy baskets right before halftime," first-year head coach Klint Chandler said.
The break didn't help, with Kirtland going on a 21-7 run in the third quarter, enough to hold off Durango in a
well-fought final period.
Junior Aspen McKeever had 11 points for the Demons, with senior Lindsay Chamblee adding eight and senior Morgan
Gurule scoring seven.
DHS hit 14 of 15 free throws but only received a single shot at the line in the second half.
Against Farmington, there was a little more room for error.
I thought the girls responded well," Chandler said.
Senior Neely Surmeier led the way with 21 points, McKeever chipped in 12, sophomore Raquel Delgado totaled seven, and
Gurule had four.
In the second quarter, (Surmeier) took over," Chandler said. We got her the basketball."
Surmeier also added 11 rebounds - four of them at the offensive end.
Senior Bryanna Kinlicheene had five assists for DHS off the bench.
The Demons will play Kearns, Utah, at noon today, with Chandler hoping to go 8-2 before a long break.
I'm feeling pretty good about that," he said.
DHS will travel to face Shiprock on Jan. 5, then will play Kirtland Central again on Jan. 12 in Farmington in its
final nonconference game of the season.