It was almost a second half to remember for the Durango High School girls basketball team.
After falling behind by as many as 19 early in the third quarter at Montezuma-Cortez High School, the Demons whittled
the lead down to one late in the third and were within striking distance for most of the fourth quarter.
However, the dramatic comeback bid fell just short, and Durango fell to the Panthers 63-58 on Thursday in Cortez.
On most nights if the Demons get 19 points apiece from key post players Neely Surmeier and Lindsay Chamblee, they would
come out on top. However, a bevy of turnovers and poor shooting doomed DHS (12-10,
4-6 Southwestern League) to a five-point first quarter and a
35-17 halftime deficit.
We missed a lot of layups in the first half," DHS coach Klint Chandler said.
The beneficiaries of Durango's sloppy first half play were the Yanito sisters, Keely and Kelia, who scored 10 points
apiece in the half and buried five
3-pointers en route to 19 and 14 points respectively for the Panthers, who finished their regular season 11-11 overall
and 2-8 in the SWL.
The defense was horrible in the first half," Chandler said. We didn't have a lot of intensity, and we gave up a lot
of open looks."
Durango tallied 25 points in the third quarter to trim the lead to five, 47-42, before both teams scored 16 points in
the fourth to create the final tally. A 3-point play by Surmeier trimmed the lead to 39-38 at one point, before Cortez
had a mini-run of 6-0 to create some breathing room.
I think we spent a lot of energy in that third quarter to bring us back in the ball game," Chandler said. We just
couldn't get a stop down the stretch those couple times we pulled within two."
After missing a final chance to pad their record, DHS now will wait for its playoff destination, which will be