Getting another slightly unexpected home game was a pleasant surprise for the Durango High School girls basketball
team, especially the seniors, who got one more chance to bask in the bright lights of their home floor.
And did they ever make the most of the opportunity.
Lindsay Chamblee scored 23 points, including 11 in the fourth quarter, Neely Surmeier added 19 points and 16
rebounds, and Morgan Gurule scored all six of her points in the final quarter, and the Demons topped Loveland 57-47
in the first round of the Colorado High School Activities Association Class 5A Girls Basketball State Championships
Durango, 13-10 overall, advances to play Chaparral High School at 7 p.m. Saturday in Parker. It's great, the
girls worked hard for (the victory)," DHS first-year varsity coach Klint Chandler said.
After missing out on a long road trip in Round 1, Surmeier seemed downright giddy to take the long ride to the
Denver-area this time around. The cheers resounding from the DHS locker room would indicate her teammates feel the
I am so excited to play on Saturday, and I'm so excited I got one last home game," she said. Despite a
somewhat cushy margin of victory, the Demons trailed entering the fourth quarter 38-36. It would be the last time
they would trail all evening. DHS opened the period on a 14-4 run, including 10 points by Chamblee, to take a 50-42
lead with 1:41 remaining.
The Indians, who finished the season 10-14, continued what was a lukewarm shooting night, and the Demons made enough
free throws to hold them at bay.
After allowing 23 second-quarter points to turn a 13-9 lead into a 32-27 halftime deficit, Durango allowed just 15
second-half points. Chandler said that his guards got sucked in too deep in their 2-3 zone defense in the second
frame allowing easy perimeter looks, a problem the backcourt appeared to rectify after the break.
Well, our rotation was a little off in the 2-3. Our guards were dropping too much," he said. We changed a little
bit with our guards not dropping too much, and that did the trick."
The most telling sign of the increased defensive intensity was that Indians' leading scorer Shelby Jones scored just
four of her 15 points in the second half.
A pair of stellar games from Chamblee and Surmeier elicited the loudest cheers from the crowd when the post duo was
removed near the end of the game. The pair took advantage of an apparent height disparity, scoring fairly easily in
the paint or getting to the foul line in the latter half of the evening.
I thought they played unbelievable, and I thought the guards played great getting them the ball in the right spots,"
Surmeier was thrilled about adding a double-double in her final home contest, especially the rebounding half of the
I was just focusing on playing well offensively and defensively, and helping out all my teammates," she said.
DHS has little time to celebrate before preparing for Chapparal, which at 17-6 overall is the Carol Callan Region's
top seed. The Demons know they'll need to eliminate lulls like they had in the second quarter Wednesday, and continue
to work through their offensive strengths, in order to pull the upset.
If we can play the great defense, lower them I think our posts right now can do pretty well wherever," Chandler