The Trojans scored nine third-quarter points to the Titans’ 23, allowing Crested Butte to prevail 55-33, dropping Ouray (8-8 overall, 3-2 league) to two games back of Crested Butte (12-2, 5-0) in the league and more than likely clearing the way for the Titans to defend their title.
“Crested Butte is a strong team and they work hard and hustle,” coach Claudia Rebne said. “They play tough defense and get after it. They outplayed us. We shot poorly, which never helps. We just couldn’t compete with them rebounding-wise. We let them have too many second chances.”
Junior guard LiErin Wilson led the Trojans with 17 points.
In a 59-39 win over Telluride – which was the Trojans’ third over the Miners this season – Ouray led 34-16 at halftime, and were led by junior point guard Michal Fagrelius’s 15 points. Wilson added 14.
Against Norwood, Ouray ended the Mavericks’ three-game winning streak with a 47-33 victory in which the Trojans produced a well-executed game plan comprised by Rebne.
“We just played tough defense, and we were effective in keeping Norwood from getting the ball into their post players – Sam Oliver and Malisha Sutherlin,” Rebne said. “In our first game with Norwood, Sam Oliver scored  points. [Tuesday] night we held her to 13 points. It was a complete team effort on our part. Every Ouray girl stepped up and played tough.”
Fagrelius had 14 points to lead Ouray, which avenged a 70-43 drubbing put on by Norwood in the championship game of the Great Norwood Shootout on Dec. 8.
Ouray has only three games remaining in the regular-season, starting Friday at county-rival Ridgway. The Trojans will then wrap up their 19-game slate at home on Saturday, Feb. 16 against visiting DeBeque and then at home on Friday, Feb. 22 against Edwards Vail Christian. The Class 1A District 1 postseason tournament is slated for Feb. 28-29 and March 1 in Delta.
For Friday, the Trojans will be looking to make it a season sweep of Ridgway as they also defeated the Demons 47-36 on Feb. 1 in Ouray. In that game, Ouray prevailed even after being held to three field goals during the final 17 minutes, 33 seconds of the game. Fagrelius had a game-high 11 points, while Wilson and junior center Riley Arrington added nine points each for the Trojans. For Ridgway, senior center Madison Norwood had 10 points, while junior forwards Sarah Firkins and Carly Stone had seven points each.
Ridgway (6-9, 2-3) is coming off a 42-31 loss to league-foe DeBeque on Friday and a 31-24 win over Vail Christian on Saturday.
“We have to be prepared to play them tough by going down there,” Rebne said of the Trojans’ game at Ridgway. “That’s always more challenging. We have to be ready to play. We can’t have these lapses.”
Ouray will also be seeking a season sweep of DeBeque (5-11, 1-4), a team the Trojans made easy work of, 72-42, back on Jan. 19. Fagrelius and Wilson each had 20 points and Alex Durham added 15 points to pace the Trojans in that 30-point win in which Ouray led 54-18 through three quarters.
In the league, Crested Butte (5-0) is atop the standings ahead of Ouray (3-2), Ridgway (2-3), Vail Christian (1-3), and DeBeque (1-4).
BOYS UPSET TELLURIDE; REMAIN ATOP LEAGUE STANDINGS
The boys’ team pulled an upset on Thursday evening, downing non-league Telluride 57-48 despite allowing the Miners’ Mike Matthews – one of the state’s top scorers – to score a game-high 30 points. The defining factor was the Trojans outscoring the Miners 16-6 in the third quarter to take a 44-38 lead heading into the final period.
Telluride had beaten Ouray twice earlier this season and three times last year. The loss was also the first for Telluride (13-2) in nine games; their last was a 77-58 setback to defending 2A state champion Parachute Grand Valley on Dec. 14.
The winning ways continued on Saturday in Crested Butte, as the Trojans (11-5, 5-0) took a two-game lead in the Mountain League standings – while remaining undefeated to boot – by beating the host Titans.
Ouray will play its final regular-season road game on Friday at Ridgway (4-10, 1-3), a team that lost 78-35 to Ouray on Feb. 1. In that game, Ouray trailed 7-6 mid-way through the first quarter, but then went on a 27-8 run to lead 33-15 at the half. Senior guard Cody Geist paced Ouray with 24 points, while Robert Warren added 15 and Teddy Sirotek scored 11. Sophomore Jake Coulter and freshman Sawyer Firkins had seven points each to lead the Demons.
Ouray is atop the league by two games at 5-0, ahead of Crested Butte (3-2), Vail Christian (2-2), Ridgway (1-4), and DeBeque (1-4).