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Photo by Wayne Crick Freshman Jenna Sutliff works to find a way around Durango's Jessica Lee in a game played last Thursday at Grand Junction Central High School. The Demons eliminated Delta, 48-23. The Panthers will graduate just one senior, Mykayla Musi

Delta High School's girls completed their basketball campaign for the 2015-16 season with a 4A WSL District loss to Durango last Thursday night at Grand Junction Central High School. The 48-23 loss to the Demons left a young Delta team with a 9-12 overall mark and 5-9 in league play.

The Panthers were seeded seventh in this year's tournament and Durango second with its 13-6 overall record.

Montrose came into the 4A WSL tournament as the No. 1 seed because of its play in the Southwestern League, where it finished second behind Fruita Monument with a 16-6 overall record and 7-1 in league play.

Montrose lost the title game to this year's 4A WSL titlest, Palisade, which has a record of 21-2 overall and 14-0 in league play. The Bulldogs needed an overtime period to score a 35-33 victory.

Durango defeated Rifle, the 4A WSL second-place team (17-6 and 12-2), by a score of 40-32 to claim third place.

The Panthers, with just one senior on this year's team, struggled agains a seasoned Durango team and fell behind 16-3 after one period of action.

Durango's Shiloh Gillen nailed three long-distance 2-pointers to lead the Demons' offense in the opening period.

The Demons stretched their lead by 11 with a 15-4 second quarter to hold a comfortable 31-7 halftime lead.

Following the break, Delta's standings didn't improve, with Durango cashing in on an 11-4 run.

Juniors Emily Nortnik and Megan Sandoval found the range for four points each in a Delta surge that helped the Panthers score 12 points in the period. Delta's defense had several stops to limit the Demons to just six points in the final stanza and a final score of 48-23.

Nortnik was Delta's leading scorer with nine points and Sandoval finished with six.

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