Demons’ alarm clock falls silent against Fruita Monument

The alarm clock didn’t buzz for the Durango Demons on Saturday morning.

The DHS girls basketball team, outscored 19-2 in the opening quarter, lost an early morning Southwestern League game at Fruita Monument 52-18.

The Wildcats (11-4, 2-0 SWL) scored early and often in the first quarter, hitting layups and 3-pointers to build the 17-point lead.

“They’re really athletic, the entire team,” DHS head coach Nancy Smith said. “They trap really well. They had a whole lot of people back, which is great if you can get past the first wave of defense, you can get easy buckets. But we had trouble getting past that first wave of defense.”

By halftime, the aggressive, pressing Wildcats led by 19. They extended it to 37-13 at the end of the third quarter.

“They challenged every single pass that we made the entire game,” Smith said. “They trapped really well.”

The Demons were held to single digits in each of the four quarters, scoring only eight points in the second half.

“(The players) said we need to go harder at each other in practice, because if we don’t meet that kind of pressure in practice, we’re not going to be ready in the game,” Smith said.

DHS is 8-3, 1-1 SWL.

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