The Mavericks (10-3), who were held to a season-low point total and lost their third game in their last seven contests, weren’t able to overcome a well-executed game plan comprised by Ouray second-year coach Claudia 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.”
Ouray, which was 7-7 overall before having faced non-league Telluride on Thursday evening in the Miner Dome, was led by junior point guard Michal Fagrelius’ 14 points. The Trojans avenged a 70-43 drubbing put on by Norwood in the championship game of the Great Norwood Shootout on Dec. 8.
Up next for Norwood is the fourth game of six consecutive contests on the road – at 1A/2A San Juan Basin League-leader Dove Creek on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (10-3 overall, 5-0 league) have won eight in a row after having opened the season 2-3. One of the victories included a 47-39 win at Norwood on Jan. 19, which was the Mavericks’ first loss of the season after opening with six consecutive wins.
Norwood will have the tough task of preparing for 5-foot-11 junior forward Kellie Deremo (16.6 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game) and 5-7 sophomore guard Sonja Strong (13.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg). Deremo is coming off a season-high 23-point performance in a 73-32 win over league-foe Dolores on Saturday, Feb. 2.
The Mavericks have a score to settle with Dove Creek, which finished 16-5 last season and beat Norwood three times, including 72-46 in a 1A District 1 quarterfinal.
After facing Dove Creek, the Mavericks will travel to non-league Ridgway on Tuesday, Feb. 12, a game that was added to the schedule because both teams were missing a game after Montezuma-Cortez “C” cancelled its second-day games during the Ridgway Tournament on Dec. 1 because of inclement weather.
Ridgway, which was 5-8 overall entering its contest against Mountain League-foe DeBeque today, Friday, Feb. 8, has lost four in a row after having opened 5-4. The Demons lost to Norwood 62-27 on Nov. 30 in the Ridgway Tournament and then 68-23 on Jan. 29. Oliver had 22 points in the latest meeting in which the Mavericks held the Demons scoreless in the second quarter and led 21-5 at halftime.
After its contest at Ridgway on Tuesday, Norwood will end its six-game road trip on Friday, Feb. 15 with a league contest at Nucla. The Mavericks will then end regular-season play with three consecutive home games against league-foes Mancos (Feb. 16), Dolores (Feb. 22) and Telluride (Feb. 23).
Boys’ team falls to Ouray, look to beat Dove Creek – again
The boys’ team also suffered a loss at the hands of Ouray on Tuesday evening. It was their second loss in a row, which also included a 66-52 defeat at league-foe Telluride on Saturday, Feb. 2. The Mavericks struggled in the first half and trailed 48-16 at halftime before having outscored the Miners 36-18 in the second half, but it was too little too late. Norwood had also lost to Telluride 78-51 on Dec. 8 in the championship game of the Great Norwood Shootout.
Norwood will continue its league schedule on Friday when it travels to Dove Creek, a team the Mavericks routed 44-11 on Jan. 19. Zach Andrews led the Mavericks in that matchup with 12 points as the Mavericks led 25-9 at halftime before holding the Bulldogs scoreless in the third quarter and limited them to only three fourth-quarter points.
After facing Dove Creek, the Mavericks will travel with the girls’ team to Ridgway for a make up contest. The last time these two teams met, Norwood senior Jesse Efard poured in 37 points in a 74-61 victory in Norwood. Andrews added 11 points and Eric McKinney chipped in with 10.
Ridgway was led by Jacob Green’s 23 points in that loss to Norwood. The Demons have also lost their last four, but did beat Norwood 49-42 on Nov. 30 when the Mavericks were playing without Efard.
Ridgway was 4-9 before facing league-foe DeBeque today, Friday, Feb. 8.
Like the girls’ squad, after facing Ridgway, the boys’ team will end its road trip on Friday, Feb. 15 with a league contest at Nucla. The Mavs will then play host to league-foes Mancos (Feb. 16), Dolores (Feb. 22) and Telluride (Feb. 23) to end regular-season action.