Durango turns up the D to sweep its archrivals

Full court.

Half court.

Durango turned up its defense for Round 2 of its archrivalry home-and-home series against Montezuma-Cortez.

And the Demons’ result: a 59-39, dominant 20-point victory Tuesday night in Cortez and a season sweep over the Panthers.

“It went really, really well,” Durango High School girls basketball coach Nancy Smith said.

“The girls played fantastic defense.”

Smith didn’t have the final statistics, but she said her side caused several turnovers; she did know DHS pulled down 37 rebounds.

“Our defensive pressure was really, really good,” Smith said. “Most of our points came on layups.”

Emily McCue led the Demons with 14 points, and Augusta Brockus scored 13 points for DHS, “mostly on back-door passes,” Smith said.

Smith, speaking to The Durango Herald during halftime of a close boys game, said the MCHS gym was “very, very loud.”

The DHS boys eventually pulled out a 69-66 overtime victory in what head coach Alan Batiste called “a hostile environment” to complete the Demons’ season sweep of the Panthers.

The DHS girls (11-6, 4-4 Southwestern League) will host Montrose at 6 p.m. Friday and Grand Junction at noon Saturday.