The Durango High School girls basketball team tipped off its season Tuesday against Farmington High School, but came up short against the Scorpions, 53-30.
Mason Rowland hit a pullup jumper to give the Demons a 6-4 lead early in the first quarter. Farmington, however, made back-to-back-to-back threes to spark a 13-0 run and finish the quarter leading 17-6.
The teams traded baskets most of the second quarter. Mariah Maestas knocked down. a three for DHS, Katelynn Sheppard made a basket and the Demons shot 6-8 from the free-throw line. Kaitlyn John, however, made a shot a the buzzer for Farmington, helping the Scorpions win the quarter 12-11 and take a 29-17 lead into halftime.
The third quarter was also close. Riley Campbell got the scoring going for Durango and later Rowland turned a steal into a fast break layup. Turnovers, however, ended several Durango possessions as Farmington trapped and double teamed the Demons. Kapiolani Anitielu scored all nine of Farmington’s points in the quarter, including a fast break layup and-one at the end of the of quarter.
The Scorpions came out in the fourth and continued knocking down shots while also holding DHS to six points to secure the win.
Rowland scored 13 to lead Durango. Sheppard scored six, Maestas and Campbell both scored three, Ellie White and Tyler Trujillo each scored two and Halle Peterson added one.
Anitielu scored 26 for FHS to lead all scorers. Kjani Anitielu scored nine, Maleah Charlie added 10, John scored six and Tinaya Parrish chipped in two.
Farmington improved to 2-0 with the win after beating Gallup 68-46 to start its season on Saturday. DHS begins 0-1, but will play three more games this week at Centauri’s Mountain Top Classic in La Jara. DHS will begin the tournament against Cedaredge on Thursday.