Demons gift the Tigers ‘free money’

The Durango High School girls basketball team did some good things Friday night, head coach Nancy Smith said.

Winning just wasn’t one of them.

The Demons fell far behind the Grand Junction Tigers early, then lost 65-40 in Grand Junction.

“We had a slow start, but we really picked it up with each quarter,” Smith said. “Our defensive intensity picked up, so by the end of the game, they (the Demons) were just playing aggressive on the ball, denying the inbounds really hard, so we worked ourselves back in.”

Emily McCue scored a team-leading 10 points, Jessi Sigillito added eight and Alyssa Montoya six for DHS.

Smith said she particularly was impressed with the offensive aggression of Sigillito, who despite her very small stature, attacked the basket throughout the game, making good moves down low and going hard to the basket.

After halftime, Smith said the Demons decided to forget the score and just try to win the half. After falling behind by more than 20 in the first two quarters, they stuck within four points of the Tigers in the second half with a staunch D.

“I thought we did a good job picking off some of their weaknesses,” Smith said. “It was one of those situations that we lost, but it didn’t feel like a loss.”

The Demons’ aggression gifted the Tigers with 29 free throws, though, and Smith said the Tigers made most of them.

“It’s like free money, free points,” Smith said.

DHS (8-4, 1-2 SWL) will play Montrose at noon today.