LAFAYETTE -- As far as slipups go, this one undoubtedly will rank as Anna Hubbell's favorite.

Tie game, final minute of the Boulder Valley Invite championship game Saturday night against Legacy. The Centaurus guard drove from the left wing into the lane and tried to stop, hoping to kick the ball out and run some clock.

Her foot started slip, so she had no choice but to carry her momentum into a shot, or be called for travelling. It was good, and turned out to be the winner in Centaurus' 37-36 shocker against the reigning 5A champion Lightning.

"It was accidental," said Hubbell, who sank the shot with 37 seconds to play. "Actually, I was looking to drive and I ended having to shoot it at the end."

Hubbell finished with 12 points in an emotional, grind-it-out affair that had a distinct Legacy flavor at the outset. The No. 9 Lightning reeled off the first 11 points of the contest and Centaurus was having trouble simply getting off a shot.

But the Warriors (4-1) chipped away and took their first lead in the final minute of the third quarter, when sophomore reserve Lauren Esler nailed her second 3-pointer of the contest. Legacy took a 28-27 lead into the fourth after Shayna Kuyper's inside bucket, setting up a frantic final quarter.

"I think we wanted to come out so hard that we lost a little mental focus," Centaurus coach Jeff Jackson said. "I told them just to take a deep breath and slow down."


The win ranked a little higher on the sweetness scale for the Warriors, considering it was a rematch of last season's BVI championship narrowly won by Legacy. Lightning All-Colorado guard Kailey Edwards, now at the University of Denver, got a key steal in the final seconds to seal a 53-49 win.

"More than anything, Legacy's a great team with great tradition and they're going to be right there at the end," Jackson said. "But it is nice to win your own tournament and get it on the other side of the close game. It was a good battle."

Also starring for Centaurus was point guard Shanlie Anderson, who personally keyed a six-point burst to start the fourth quarter. The speedy guard converted two steals into two laser-quick drives to the hoop that ended in assists, one to Midori Patterson, one to Danelle Dondelinger. Those were sandwiched around Anderson's basket of her own.

"My opinion, she's the best defender on our team and the best defender I've seen here at Centaurus," Hubbell said.

Centaurus went ahead 35-30 in the fourth, but Legacy's Caitlyn Smith quickly forged a tie with a 3-pointer and an inside basket with 1:49 to play. After a few empty possessions, Hubbell went to work.

Anna Hubbell, Centaurus
Centaurus guard Anna Hubbell dives on the floor to battle Legacy's Jenna Fenton for a loose ball. (DAVID R. JENNINGS)

Smith then split two free throws to make it 37-36, then a deflected ball caromed off the hands of Courtney Smith with 6.5 seconds to play. Hubbell was fouled and missed her free throw, but Gianna Manfredini stole Legacy's outlet pass at midcourt just before the buzzer.

"We're pretty young. We have four kids out of our nine who didn't get any varsity time last year, so we're still trying to figure out our identity," Legacy coach Craig Van Patten said. "We haven't played very long together to work out the kinks, but there's a lot of talent on this team and by mid-year we hope to be clicking."

The defensive-minded game wasn't kind to the teams' top scorers, as Legacy's Smith sisters combined for 13 points and Centaurus sharpshooter Lyndie Puckett was shut out.

That gave Hubbell the perfect stage to put on a show.

"She has so much skill and she's worked on her game so much," Jackson said. "It's really starting to pay dividends for her."

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Centaurus 37, Legacy 36

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LEGACY (3-2)

Lopez 0 2-2 2, Neely 3 0-0 6, Ca. Smith 3 2-4 9, Paulson 2 0-0 6, Co. Smith 2 0-0 4, Gallegos 0 0-0 0, Kuyper 1 0-0 2, Fenton 2 2-3 7, Aicega 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 6-9 36.


Anderson 3 0-0 7, Manfredini 1 0-0 2, Hubbell 5 2-5 12, Puckett 0 0-0 0, Langer 0 0-0 0, Harriger 0 1-2 1, Patterson 2 0-0 4, Dondelinger 1 0-0 2, Esler 2 3-4 9. Totals 14 6-11 37.

Score by quarters:

Legacy 13 7 8 8 -- 36

Centaurus 5 10 12 10 -- 37


3-point field goals -- Legacy (4): Paulson 2, Fenton, Ca. Smith; Centaurus (3): Esler 2, Anderson. Total fouls -- Legacy 15, Centaurus 12. Fouled out -- Anderson. Technical fouls -- None.



Mead 43, Erie 34


Spurred by 18 points from senior post Kasey McKrola, the Mavericks salvaged a 2-1 record in the tournament after an opening loss to Standley Lake.

Mikayla Martinez added 10 points for Mead, which trailed by one point at halftime before clamping down on the Tigers. The Mavericks' defense limited Erie to 14 points in the second half.

Piper Zeier led Erie with 10 points.

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ERIE (2-2)

Bauchert 2 0-1 4, Gallagher 2 0-3 4, Ochoa 2 3-4 7, Kudrna 3 0-0 6, Purcell 0 0-0 0, Gudino 0 3-6 3, Campbell 0 0-0 0, Zeier 2 6-8 10. Totals 11 12-22 34.


Martinez 5 0-0 10, Kalivas 2 0-0 5, Maher 1 0-0 2, Reeves 0 1-2 1, Hanlon 0 1-3 1, Daly 0 0-0 0, Majerus 1 0-0 2, Lozinski 2 0-0 4, Ward 0 0-2 0, McKrola 7 4-6 18. Totals 18 6-13 43.

Score by quarters:

Erie 9 11 7 7 -- 34

Mead 8 11 15 9 -- 43


3-point field goals -- Erie (0); Mead (1): Kalivas. Total fouls -- Erie 16, Mead 21. Fouled out -- Ochoa, Gudino. Technical fouls -- None.