Coming off a first-round exit from the 2009 Colorado High School Activities Association Class 5A Girls Basketball
Championships, and losing coach Mary Psenda and the Southern Illinois University-Carbondale-bound Katerina Garcia, one
possibly could be forgiven for expecting Durango High School's girls basketball program to take a step back this
Everybody's wrong at some point, right?
We proved a lot of people wrong, for sure," sophomore guard Raquel Delgado said during Thursday's practice.
Now the Demons, at 13-10 overall, get another chance to turn some heads, this time in the Denver suburb of Parker, as
they take on the Carol Callan Region's top seed, Chaparral, at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Forward Lindsay Chamblee, who led all scorers with 23 points in Wednesday's playoff victory over Loveland, is looking
forward to the challenge. And the Wolverines, at 17-6, will present quite the challenge. CHS finished second in the
Continental League, a league in which all but one team made the postseason.
It'd be kinda cool to go up there and surprise everybody and be like, 'Hey, this is what Durango's all about,'" she
Chamblee and front court mate Neely Surmeier have provided the bulk of the Demons' scoring in the wake of Aspen
McKeever's season-ending ankle injury. But the pair likely will find baskets somewhat
harder to come by against the Wolverines. Chaparral's roster boasts seven players taller than 5-10, including leading
scorer Lori Laboda. According to The Denver Post, Laboda averages 14.8 points per game.
Again, Chamblee said she was looking forward to testing herself against other bigs from one of the state's top
I'm excited just to see how it goes, and I'm going up there just to have fun and get the most out of it," the senior
For all the pressure that will be on the Demons' post players, the key to slowing Chaparral's offensive attack may lie
with the defensive pressure put on by Durango's guards, specifically starters Brooke Milliet and Delgado. The
Wolverines average 58 points per game according to maxpreps. com.
That helps a lot when we can put pressure on them, try and get them out of synch a little bit," coach Klint Chandler
According to Delgado, the Demons are hoping speed kills.
Our speed is going to be critical (Saturday) for that. If we play defense like we did (Wednesday) and get steal after
steal, I think we'll be OK there," she said.
But before all the action gets underway, Durango actually has to arrive in Parker, a trip which can take over eight
hours to complete. The Demons will depart this afternoon, splitting the trip into two legs.
There's one good thing is we're used to traveling," Chandler said. We gotta travel a lot wherever we go."
Just because the trip is long doesn't mean it can't have its entertaining moments. While Chamblee said that she and
other players often sleep or listen to music, there's still plenty of time for movies and games along the way.
Delgado recalled a time when both the girls and boys teams had a handful of players involved in a game called, Big
Booty," a call and response game which involves someone being tagged with the title designation, and remembering to
respond with said title when called on to respond. She also added that sing-alongs are prevalent, but that they aren't
your parents' sing-alongs.
We sing songs. We sing along to rap songs," the guard said with a laugh.
There also will be some quality film viewing on the trip up to the Denver area.
The Hangover is what I'm going to watch. We're going to watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, that's what Neely and
all them were talking about," Delgado said of the children's book by Judi Barrett recently adapted to film.
Neely was so excited to watch it, so that's what she's watching."
Win or lose, the Demons are hoping to make an impression on their trip north. Chandler said the game is an opportunity
to show what Southwestern League basketball is all about.
I think it's big for us. Maybe we'll get a little more recognition for down here in our league," he said.
Chamblee, with a distinct look of pride in her eyes, said that Wednesday's win made its own impression.
I never thought we were going to make it this far, nobody thought we would make it this far, and we did, and we won
last night, and that was big for us, especially as a young team," she said.