With postseason hopes and possible playoff seeding on the line, the Durango High School girls basketball team likely was hoping for a better start to its weekend.
The Demons fell 48-24 to their fellow Demons from Glenwood Springs on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Class 4A Southwestern League/Western Slope League District Championships in Grand Junction.
Durango (11-9), seeded fourth, couldn’t quite hem in fifth-seeded Glenwood Springs defensively, allowing those Demons to score in double digits in every quarter save for the fourth, a quarter that started with Glenwood Springs holding a 42-21 lead.
The winning Demons did most of their damage inside, hitting just a pair of 3-pointers in the game. Kenzie Nelson-Buehler scored a game-high 16 points.
“They drove and dished is what they did,” DHS head coach Nancy Smith said. “We had trouble with help defense.”
Glenwood Springs (13-6) led 26-13 at halftime.
Emily McCue paced DHS with six points.
“We got beat back on defense,” Smith said. “They got rebounds and went down the floor and got a lot of open looks.”
DHS still can play its way back to fifth place, a journey the Demons will begin at 6 p.m. Friday against 6-seed Steamboat Springs.
“That’s our goal. We want to come out and win the next two games,” Smith said. “It was a great learning opportunity for us, kind of what the playoffs are like.”
Because of a potential conflict with the DHS boys 7:30 p.m. game, the girls game may or might not be broadcast today on KDGO 1240 AM.