Not Manila but still a thrilla.
Molly Barnes hit a go-ahead 3-point shot with about 5 seconds left in overtime, and the Durango High School girls basketball team overcame a long Cheyenne South (Wyo.) comeback to win 56-54 in extra time Friday night to begin its Palisade Holiday Tournament.
“We won an overtime thriller,” DHS head coach Nancy Smith said.
“Really exciting. More exciting than I really wanted it to be,” she said with a chuckle.
The Demons took a sizeable lead in the third quarter, Smith said, before a heavy dose of defensive aggression led to some foul trouble, foul-outs and 35 total free-throw shots for the Bison to force overtime.
“We were very aggressive. We were trying to be,” Smith said. “We just haven’t learned how to not foul them and let them off the hook.”
Still, in the extra period, Smith said defense won the day, along with strong performances all around, including some from players who moved up from junior varsity.
“Everybody went in, and everybody contributed,” Smith said.
“(South) hit some clutch shots, but then we hit some more,” she said. “We hit more thankfully.”
Katie Wiegert led the Demons with 13 points, followed by eight each from Jessi Sigillito, Alyssa Montoya and Barnes.
Smith’s “crazy stat” – Emily McCue pulled down 21 of Durango’s 36 rebounds.
“One thing that was really sweet was I never felt as a coach, ‘Oh no, we’re going to lose this.’ Even when they kept creeping back and creeping back,” Smith said.
The Demons (4-2) will play tournament host Palisade at 1 p.m. today.