After a less than complete game - figuratively and literally - from its starters against the sixth-ranked team (The
Denver Post) in the state in Grand Junction Central, the Durango High School girls basketball team, particularly its
starters, bounced back Tuesday with a 48-40 victory.
They were great (Tuesday night)," Demons coach Klint Chandler said. They really were."
Chandler benched his starters for the majority of the second half in Monday night's 38-point defeat at Central, but
no such disciplinary measure was necessary for Durango's eight-point Southwestern League win Tuesday at Fruita
We played a better team game, better team basketball," Chandler said. We did well. We played hard. We handled and
passed the basketball well."
Durango led 27-18 at halftime of its second makeup game in as many days in the Grand Valley.
Durango extended its lead to 39-26 after three quarters.
That was huge," said Chandler, last year's head junior varsity coach. We had a little problem at the end of the
game with their half-court trap, so we need to work on that, but overall it was a really great effort. They responded
well, and it was good to see that."
Lindsay Chamblee led the Demons with 15 points.
Aspen McKeever scored 14 for the Demons, and Neely Surmeier and Morgan Gurule scored six and Raquel Delgado four.
We did a better job of scoring, too," Chandler said.
Durango (10-7 overall, 3-2 SWL) will host Grand Junction Central at 6 p.m. Friday and Fruita Monument at noon
Saturday, its regular-season home finales, then will finish its regular season with a three-game road swing at Grand
Junction, Montrose and Montezuma-Cortez.