by Dalton Carver
After a weekend of district tournament play, only two Ouray County basketball teams are left standing. The Ouray boys will journey to Glenwood Springs this weekend for the regional tournament, while the Ridgway girls will take on Sanford at their home court.
The two teams earned the regional berth with a successful district tournament run last weekend. The Ouray boys earned second place in the 1A District 1 bracket, falling to De Beque in the championship game 30-70 on Feb. 23. The Trojans defeated Dove Creek 50-40 the previous day to earn the championship spot.
The Demons earned a third place spot in the 2A District 3 tournament, defeating Telluride 34-23 in the consolation game. They lost to Dolores 40-45 in the opening game of the tournament.
The Ouray boys begin their regional campaign March 2 against Evangelical Christian at 1:30 p.m. at Glenwood High School. Evangelical enters the tournament with a record of 18-3 overall and 6-0 in the 1A Black Forest league. The Trojans sit at 12-6 overall and 7-4 in league play, finishing second in the District 1 league behind De Beque.
The Ridgway girls challenge Sanford at home on March 1, starting at 3 p.m. The Sanford Indians are 17-4 overall and 7-0 in league play. Ridgway enters regionals with a record of 8-11 overall and 5-7 in league, a massive improvement over the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season where the team finished 0-20.
The Ouray girls ended their 2018-2019 season last weekend at the district tournament, losing 27-53 to De Beque in the first round, who would go on to win the district tournament. The Trojans end their season at 9-10 overall and 5-6 in league play.