OURAY – After losing its homecoming game Saturday night to the visiting Norwood Mavericks, the Ridgway Demon boys’ basketball team came mad to the Ouray gym Tuesday night. And in the traditional intra-county rivalry, the Demons handed the host Trojans a solid 64-25 shellacking.
Some years, Ouray is up, and some year’s it’s Ridgway’s turn, said Demon assistant Coach Bart Skalla, after the game. “Ouray is having a bit of a down year,” he said of the 1-5 Trojans. His Demons, with a 4-2 record in the San Juan Basin League, sit behind 5-0 Ignacio and 3-1 Norwood. The Trojans sit seventh ahead of 0-6 Nucla.
In the evening’s first contest, the Lady Demons had all they could handle at times with a feisty, and freshman-dominated, Lady Trojan team, that ultimately succumbed 68-31. Coach Steve Hill’s experienced Ridgway squad pulled away in a dominant third quarter, led by senior shooting guard Jenna Beamer, who topped all scorers with 21 points on 7 of 14 shooting, all from beyond the three-point arc. Senior Nicole Edder led Ouray with 8 points followed by freshmen Malori Trujillo and Jackie Saunders, who each scored 6. The Trojans actually outscored the powerful Demons 14-10 in the final period.
Which did not please the notoriously hard-to-please Hill, who stalked the sideline berating what he saw as missed defensive assignments on the part of his players, and challenging the officials on the occasional foul call.
After the game Hill had only praise for Ridgway’s opponents, saying, “They wanted to stay with us.” Ouray head coach Shawn Carroll commented post-game: “As a staff we were pretty happy with tonight's effort. Ridgway has a good experienced team, and we have struggled to play a whole game, both in intensity, and offensive focus. Tonight we played a very competitive first half against a superior opponent.”
Ridgway now commands the top spot in the 1A/2A San Juan Basin League at 5-1, while Ouray occupies the cellar at 0-5. The Lady Demons’ only loss was to Norwood. Norwood’s basketball coach, for both boys’ and girls’ teams, Greg King, was in the stands Tuesday night scouting Ridgway.
Ouray’s boys had a tough time getting the ball to drop in the first half: the halftime score read 32-4 for the Demons. As they broke their huddle with coach Craig Kaminsky to begin the second half, they roared, “Defense!” But on the opening play, Ridgway’s long-armed Nathan Hagemyer hit a close-in jumper to put the Demons up 34-4.
The visiting green-shirts coasted from there. Senior Harley Ryder led the scoring with 14 points, followed by Tanner Skalla with 11 and Corbyn Robinson with 10.
Ouray was led by senior Kyle Kinsel and sophomore Clay Zimmerman, each with 6 points.
The Demons next play at Plateau Valley, a 3A non-league school. (“We schedule a couple a year to get some big-school practice,” Skalla said.)
The Ouray Trojans next travel to Norwood to face the formidable Mavericks.