BROOMFIELD -- For a few fleeting moments Tuesday, Legacy's boys basketball team appeared ready to turn the corner.
The squad chipped Rocky Mountain's double-digit lead to six points and showed a spark of life it had lacked for much of the contest at the midway point in the second period. But as quickly as the Lightning found their spark, they faded away to extend the rockiest stretch of their season.
Legacy's 63-42 loss to its Front Range League foe is the team's fourth straight falter in what has turned into the Lightning's longest losing streak of the season. But even with dim prospects coming out of Tuesday's game, the Lightning players have not given up on their year.
"It's going to be tough," Legacy guard Andrew Hebel said. "But we're going to battle back and see if we can get back to the top."
The Lightning (6-10, 2-7) have little time to rediscover their winning ways. After the Rocky Mountain game, the team has only seven outings left on its schedule. And to add some pressure to Legacy's ordeal, around half of the conference could be left out of the state tournament.
Even with the Lightning under the gun, Hebel is certain his team has the ability to produce. And doing so, to the junior, is painfully simple.
"We just need to pull together and play as a team," he said.
Finding continuity Tuesday night was a challenge for the Lightning. The team produced its one substantial run midway through the second period. Four different players knocked down baskets to help Legacy outscore the Lobos 7-2. But the rest of the game, the Lightning struggled.
"We came out flat," said Hebel, who led all Legacy scorers with nine points. "We didn't hit our shots and we were forcing them, not taking our time."
Rocky Mountain (3-13, 1-8) picked up its first win in conference and since Dec. 7 with three players breaking into double digits. Michael Dermody gave the Lightning the most trouble with the forward finishing the night with a season-high 23 points.
Even with the Lobos' offense hitting on all cylinders, Legacy coach Gunner Johnson believed there was more to the loss than just Rocky Mountain hitting shots.
"It seems like we get behind they make up their minds that they are going to get it back by shooting jump shots," Johnson said. "Instead of doing the little things, the dirty work -- like rebounding and transitioning."
The turn in play at the middle of Legacy's Front Range League schedule somewhat baffles Johnson. But the coach knows when the team's troubles started.
"The Monarch game, they kind of took it to us," Johnson said. "Since then, we haven't been able to recover. I don't know what it is."
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Rocky Mountain 63, Legacy 42
At Legacy HS
ROCKY MOUNTAIN (3-13, 1-8)
Dermody 9 3-5 23, Schneider 0 4-4 4, Hunter 3 2-2 8, A. Hines 4 4-4 12, I. Hines 1 0-1 2, neal 3 4-6 10, McDonald 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 17-22 63.
LEGACY (6-10, 2-7)
Gibson 2 0-0 4, Ball 3 2-5 8, Jacobson 1 4-4 6, Baum 1 2-4 4, McCall 3 0-0 7, Johnson 1 0-0 2, Royer 1 0-0 2. Totals 15 11-17 42.
Score by quarters:
Rocky Mountain 17 18 17 11 -- 63
Legacy 8 15 10 9-- 42
3-point field goals -- Rocky Mountain (2): Dermody 2; Legacy (1): McCall. Total fouls -- Rocky Mountain 19, Legacy 15. Fouled out -- Hebel. Technical fouls -- Hebel.