DHS ‘annoys’ and whistles victory at the Sailors

Even the bench got in on this win.

A night after getting doubled up by Glenwood Springs on Thursday, the Durango High School girls basketball team rode contributions from all 13 players, not to mention 26 points from Molly Barnes, to bounce back and beat Steamboat Springs 54-49 in overtime Friday night in the Southwestern League/Western Slope League District Championships in Grand Junction.

“Even the bench,” DHS head coach Nancy Smith said. “They were just loud and annoying.

“The girls said the other team just started rolling their eyes like ‘Oh my gosh; I have a headache already.’”

Good shooting from the Demons turned out to be the Sailors’ biggest headache, starting with Barnes, whose 26 overcame the troubles she’s had in getting her shots to fall for much of this season.

Shanelle Bogus added eight points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Durango, which adjusted well to Steamboat Springs’ full-court press and half-court zone defense to find space for open looks.

“We hit our shots (Friday night),” Smith said. “That was a huge difference.”

Turnovers still plagued Durango, as they ended up with more than two dozen, and that allowed the Sailors to hang around. Steamboat Springs fed the post for points at the end of regulation.

But Katie Wiegert and Jessi Sigillito, who also scooped up seven steals, followed Barnes’ lead.

Sigillito hit one free throw, then Wiegert hit two “at the end to give us breathing room,” Smith said.

“Gosh, it was a great confidence booster,” Smith said.

“It was thrilling.”

No. 4 DHS (12-9) will play No. 8 Palisade (10-12) for fifth place at 1 p.m. today at Grand Junction Central High School.

No. 6 Steamboat Springs (11-11) will play No. 7 Eagle Valley (12-10) at 10 a.m. today for seventh place.

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