LAFAYETTE -- With finishes too close for comfort this season, Caitlyn Smith said the Legacy girls basketball team has been hunting for a breakout game. For at least one half Thursday at Centaurus High School, the defending Class 5A state champions got one.

The Lightning blew past Brighton 60-30 behind a huge first half to earn a berth in the Boulder Valley Invitational championship. And while the final two periods of play left a little to be desired, Smith promises the victory was more than satisfying.

"It's just nice to get a good win under our belts," the forward said. "Hopefully we're going to take that into the next game and build a little confidence."

Smith played a big part in pushing the Lightning (3-1) into the title game against host Centaurus at 6 p.m. Saturday. The senior had one of her strongest offensive showings of the season, finishing with a game-high 17 points. But she did most of her damage to Brighton (1-3) in her team's electric opening period. Smith finished 4 of 6 from the field, helping her team to a 30-point first quarter.

"We knew we just had to get at this team right away, because they just don't quit," the Colorado Schools of Mines recruit said.

Even with their sights set at bagging the Bulldogs early, Smith was shocked with her team's efficiency at the front end of the game.

"It was just crazy, but really nice," she said.


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While Smith was indispensable, coach Craig Van Patten was impressed with the full team effort Legacy put on the court, with seven girls scoring buckets.

The Lightning were at full-strength for the first time this season. Jenna Fenton made a huge impact in her first appearance of the season. The guard went on a tear in the second, scoring eight of her 10 total points in the period.

"She made a big difference for us tonight," Van Patten said.

For all the Lightning did on the court, however, the coach believes it was something they did not do that made the difference.

"We didn't commit fouls," Van Patten said. "We've gotten into foul trouble the past two games and that's hurt us."

Legacy's offense slowed to a creep in the second half, scoring 13 points in the final two periods. Part of it, Van Patten points out, was Legacy slowing the pace of play to work on executing its offense. But the Bulldogs also showed plenty of spunk on defense.

Nevertheless, enduring a rocky finish was important for the Lightning, the coach said. With his team still a work in progress, the Lightning defending its two previous BVI championships is important.

"I just don't think we have an identity yet," Van Patten said. "Getting to the championship, knowing we can still compete with the best in state will help a lot."

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LEGACY 60, BRIGHTON 30

At Centaurus HS

Legacy (3-1)

Lopez 3 3-3 10, Gallegos 0 0-2 0, Neely 3 0-0 7, Kuyper 32-4 8, Fenton 3 3-4 10, Ca. Smith 5 7-8 17, Paulson 2 0-0 4, Co. Smith 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 12-21 60.

Brighton (1-3)

Reyes 3 0-0 6, Siemering 0 1-2 1, Brady 2 4-4 9, Chavez 2 0-0 4, Kaiser 0 0-2 0, Kremer 2 2-2 7, Sailast 1 0-0 2, Potestial 0 1-2 1. Totals 10 8-12 30.

Score by quarters:

Legacy 30 17 6 7 -- 60Brighton 13 7 2 8 -- 30

3-point field goals -- Legacy (2): Fenton, Neely; Brighton (2): Brady, Kremer. Total fouls -- Legacy 15, Brighton 15. Fouled out -- none. Technical fouls -- None.




CENTAURUS 32, STANDLEY LAKE 27

Centaurus extended its win streak to three games Thursday night, enduring a touch-and-go 32-27 victory over Standley Lake.

The Warriors knocked off the Gators by coming up with key plays on defense in the final 3 minutes of play in the Boulder Valley Invitational semifinals. But it was Lyndie Puckett that stole the show for the Warriors, draining four 3-pointers to finish the night with 14 points.

Centaurus faces Legacy at 6 p.m. Saturday in the championship game, the team it lost the BVI title to last season.

At Centaurus HS

Standley Lake (1-2)

Lopez 4 2-2 6, Hartman 0 2-2 2, Hodapp 2 4-7 8, Shileny 2 0-0 4, Torbert 3 1-2 7. Totals 11 9-13 27.

Centaurus (4-1)

Pauckett 5 0-0 14, Langer 2 3-4 8, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Manfredini 1 1-4 3, Harriger 0 1-2 1, Hubbell 1 0-1 2, Esler 1 0-0 2. Totals 11 5-11 32..

3-point field goals -- Standley Lake (0); Home (5): Puckett 4, Langer. Total fouls -- Standley 15, Centaurus 13. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- Patterson




ERIE 43, THOMAS JEFFERSON 40

Despite a slow second half scoring Thursday, the Erie girls outlasted Thomas Jefferson to earn a berth in the fifth-place game of Boulder Valley Invitational.

The Tigers endured a strong Spartans run in the fourth quarter.

Erie faces Tri-Valley foe Mead at noon Saturday.

At Centaurus HS

Thomas Jefferson (0-5)

McGinnis 13 2-2 10, Cordes 1 1-3 3, Nagash 1 3-6 5, Kopke 2 1-4 5, Reese 8 1-4 17. Totals 15 8-19 40.

Erie (2-1)

Banchert 0 1-2 1, Gallaghen 0 0-2 0, Ochoa 5 1-2 11, Kudrna 3 1-2 7, Romey 0 1-2 1, Gudeno 4 2-2 10, Campbell 1 0-0 5, Zeier 3 2-2 8. Totals 17 8-14 43.

Score by quarters:

Thomas Jefferson 9 4 11 16 -- 40

Erie 8 16 10 9 -- 43

3-point field goals -- Thomas Jefferson (2): McGinnis; Erie (1): Campbell. Total fouls -- Thomas Jefferson 14, Erie 16. Fouled out -- Reese. Technical fouls None.

 



MEAD 55, HINKLEY 22

Behind a stout defensive showing and a strong showing by Kasey McKrola, Mead earned its first win of the season.

McKrola dropped 17 points to help the Mavericks beat Hinkley and earn a spot in Saturday's fifth-place game of the Boulder Valley Invitational. At Centaurus HS

Mead (1-2)

Martinez 1 1-2 3, Kalivas 2 0-0 5, Sheffield 1 0-0 2, Maker 2 0-0 4, Hamlon 2 0-0 5, Daly 1 0-0 2, Majerus 2 0-0 4, Zozinshe 1 1-1 3, Ward 3 3-3 10, McKrola 7 3-3 17. Totals FG 22 8-9 55.

Hinkley (1-4)

Smith 2 0-0 4, Trotter 3 0-1 6, Diarra 3 6-11 12. Totals 8 6-12 22.

Score by quarters:

Mead 12 17 13 13 -- 55

Hinkley 7 4 5 4 -- 22

3-point field goals -- Mead (3): Kalivas, hanlon, Ward; Hinkley (0). Total fouls -- Mead 11, Hinkley 12. Fouled out -- None. Technical fouls -- None.