BOULDER -- Of all the weapons Legacy girls basketball puts on the floor, Jordan Salaz has a tendency to get overlooked. But the sharp-shooting guard showed Tuesday night why that's a mistake.
The senior led the third-ranked Lightning to a 61-46 win over Front Range League foe Boulder, helping fuel her team's biggest offensive period of the night. The Lightning rattled off 24 points in the third period to put the game squarely in their corner, with close to half the points coming off Salaz's finger tips.
The guard was steely from the perimeter, sinking three of her four 3-pointers of the night coming out of half. And while she was far from the only factor in Legacy sinking the Panthers for a third time this season, her role in the Lightning's win was undeniable.
"I finally got into a groove and my shots started falling," said Salaz, who finished the night with 12 points. "It helped us out a lot."
The shooting during the third was lights out, but Salaz was far from the only one making rain for Legacy (16-3, 10-2) and Boulder (7-11, 4-8).
The Lightning had four consecutive 3-pointers fall in the period starting at the 4:57 mark, including one of Emily Glen's three 3-pointers.
If that was not enough, Boulder's Lena Jaycox answered the Legacy run by hitting the first two of her three 3-pointers. But the advantage was decidedly on Legacy's side, with the Panthers' defense keying away from the arc.
"A lot of it was they were double-teaming Kailey (Edwards) on the drive," Salaz said. "She kicked out to me and I'd get the shot."
Edwards was the prime mover for the Lightning, finishing the night with a team-high 21 points. The University of Denver-bound senior worked her usual magic sprinting up the lane. But Boulder also had a huge showing by its dynamic guard.
It took a bit for Jaycox to warm up, finishing the first half with 6 points. But the junior found an extra gear out of halftime to finish the night with a game-high 22 points.
Even with her strong finish, Jaycox was not enough to overcome the Lightning. But her team entered the night shorthanded. Wing Sarah Burns is involved with an exchange student program and missed her third game. And center Ande Lampert was out for her fifth game, after re-injuring her right knee.
"And we're 0-and-5 without (Ande)," Boulder coach Chris Mischke said.
Lampert's presence in the middle was missed Tuesday, mainly on the defensive end of the court. April Dawson did a good job of limiting Legacy's shot opportunities, but the center struggled on beating the Lightning on the boards. Boulder was out-rebounded by Legacy 31-16.
"We never limited their second-chance points," Mischke said. "And if you analyzed it, that was probably the difference in the game."
Legacy 61, Boulder 46
LEGACY (16-3, 10-2)
Glen 5 0-0 13, Neely 0 0-2 0, Salaz 4 0-0 12, Kuyper 1 0-3 2, Edwards 6 9-12 21, Smith 3 1-2 5, Paulson 0 0-1 0, Smith 2 0-2 2. Total 21 10-22 61.
BOULDER (7-11, 4-8)
Gregorich 1 0-0 2, Gates 1 1-2 3, Van Bussum 4 0-0 8, Dawson 1 2-2 4, Szarmach 2 0-0 5, Jaycox 8 3-3 22, Trainer 1 0-0 2. Total 18 6-7 46.
Score by quarters:
Legacy 14 13 24 10 -- 61
Boulder 8 9 14 15 -- 46
3-point field goals -- Legacy (7): Glen 3, Salaz 4; Boulder (4): Szarmach, Jaycox 3. Total fouls -- Legacy 6; Boulder 15. Fouled out --Dawson, Jaycox. Technical fouls -- none.