Farmington boys, girls fall to Durango

Karl Schneider
Farmington's Diego Corley drives past Durango's Lawrence Mayberry on Tuesday night at Durango High School in Durango, Colo.

FARMINGTON – The Farmington boys basketball team couldn’t make it two straight over Durango, Colo., and fell to the Demons 63-46 Tuesday night in Durango.

The Scorps had beaten the Demons 47-44 on Friday during Farmington’s Marv Sanders Invitational.

Farmington head coach Paul Corley said the biggest difference between the two games was shooting.

“They shot really well, and we couldn’t make a thing. Our shooting percentage was really low tonight,” Corley said. “But Durango is a good team, and they were well prepared tonight.”

The Demons (4-3) hit nine 3 pointers on the night and connected on 22 of their 30 free throws.

Durango's Malik Liggins defends Farmington's Barrett Bentley on Tuesday night at Durango High School in Durango, Colo.

The Scorps (5-2), who usually get to the free-throw line more than their opponent, only attempted 15 free throws on the night, making 10.

David Riley led Farmington with 14 points.

Farmington will look to bounce back from the loss when the Scorps take on Hot Springs (0-5) on Thursday at the Wingate Holiday Tournament.

“I told them to get up in the morning and watch the sun come up, because it will come up again," Corley said. "Now, we have to get refocused and ready for Hot Springs on Thursday.

Girls basketball

Durango, Colo., 52, Farmington 42

Farmington was outworked and couldn’t match the intensity of Durango, Colo., and the result was a 52-42 loss to the Lady Demons (5-0) Tuesday night at Scorpion Gym.

“They were quick and physical, and we were kind of stuck in the mud,” Farmington head coach Danny Secrest said. “They outhustled us and outrebounded us tonight. The hustle and energy that we usually thrive on wasn’t there, and it seemed like we were a little lackadaisical tonight.”

Secrest said Durango’s guard Katrina Chandler controlled the tempo of the game with her quickness.

Farmington’s Brighton Clah finished with 11 points while Lakota Benally added 10.

The Lady Scorps (3-4) will be off until Dec. 28 when they face Amarillo, Texas’ Caprock (4-6) at the Clovis tournament.

“We have to (bounce back),” Secrest said. “We’ll get back at it tomorrow. The rest of the season is not going to be an easy road. We have one of the toughest schedules in 5A, and we need to be ready to compete.”

Karl Schneider is the sports editor for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4648.