Lady Demons start season besting last year’s record

Ridgway's Ashley Medina (reaching for the ball) attempts to stop Ouray's Lauren Fairchild on her way down the court in the rivalry game last Tuesday. The Lady Demons earned their first win in 20 games with a 34-30 victory over the Lady Trojans.

Plaindealer photo by Dalton Carver


by Dalton Carver
dalton@ouraynews.com


There wasn’t any skirting around the issue. In an interview last Tuesday, Nate Firkins, Ridgway girls high school head basketball coach, said he wasn’t overly satisfied with the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season. The girls went 0-20 and often had trouble even making it to double-digits in some games.
However, optimism and a revived team resulted in victory for the Lady Demons last Tuesday evening, possibly sparking a turnaround season.
“To be honest, it was a real struggle to try to keep the girls on the team and interested,” said Firkins, reflecting on the previous season. “It was a kind of a growing experience for all involved, as well as the coach.”
Although the girls had a hard time last season, Firkins said he’s glad they got through the challenge, and the hardship has fueled what has already become a better season this year.
Tuesday evening, Ridgway took on Ouray in the first game of the year at Ridgway Secondary School, entrenching themselves in a physical and close battle that ended with the Lady Demons victorious.
The Ouray girls were promised by head coach Craig Kaminsky to be an aggressive team this year and they did not disappoint. The physicality initiated by the Lady Trojans seemed to transfer to the Lady Demons, and as the contest drove on, several players from both squads were diving on the floor for loose balls and attempting to yank possession away from the other.
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