Girls basketball: Legacy seniors vault team to season-opening win

At Legacy HS
George Washington (37)
Wilder 1 1-2 3, Abdullah 1 0-0 2, Bonner 5 2-2 12, Johnson 5 3-4 14, Hill 1 0-2 2, Crumbliss 1 2-4 4. Total 14 8-14 37.
Legacy (74)
Lopez 1 0-0 2, Glen 6 4-4 19, Neely 0 1-2 1, Salaz 3 0-0 8, Edwards 10 0-2 21, Ca. Smith 2 5-6 9, Co. Smith 3 3-5 9, Reichmuth 1 0-1 3, Paulson 0 2-2 2. Total 26 15-22 74
Score by quarters:
George Washington 11 8 9 9 – 37
Legacy 2519 20 10 – 74
3-point field goals – George Washington (1): Johnson; Legacy (6): Glen 3, Salaz 2, Reichmuth. Total fouls – George Washington 17, Legacy 13. Fouled out – Crumbliss. Technical fouls – none.

BROOMFIELD – In recent years, nobody has lit up Legacy’s backcourt like Kailey Edwards and Emily Glen. And Wednesday night the pair’s play showed no signs dimming their senior seasons.

The guards provided the Lightning a potent 1-2 punch in each half, leading their team to a dominating start to the season. Edwards’ ability to slash up the lane and Glen’s sweet outside shot earned the Lightning a 74-37 season-opening win over George Washington.

Even with Legacy and its seniors showing glimpses of playing in mid-season form, they found nits to pick with their first outing.

“We were a little lackadaisical at first,” said Edwards, who posted a game-high 21 points in the game. “But I think we were just getting used to the game again, because it moves. It’s fast paced.”

The guard was one of the first Legacy (1-0) players to shake off the early-season rust.

The University of Denver-bound guard fueled her team’s 25-point first period, nearly half of its points. Her quick moves up the lane earned her 12 in the period, but Edwards’ offense was only half the story. She also set the Patriots (0-1) on their heels with four of her six steals coming in the first.

“Driving the lane is definitely what I’m good at and is what I’m going to look to first,” Edwards said. “But we’ve got great outside shooters if I need to kick it out.”

Washington learned its lesson by half, crowding the paint on defense. But the attention the team paid to Edwards only opened up Glen, who snapped up the opportunity at the perimeter. The senior scored 12 of her total 19 points in the third and hit two of her three 3-pointers.

“I just knew we needed to get things going,” Glen said. “And things just opened up.”

The Patriots’ Jaszymn Johnson had some early success, with the guard finding a crack here and there in the Lightning defense. But after she scored seven of her team-high 11 points the well dried up. Legacy’s defense stiffened, coming up with 14 steals and shutting down the inside game.

Sisters Caitlyn and Courtney Smith especially reigned supreme in the paint.

“We’re fortunate to have those two,” Legacy coach Craig Van Patten said. “I think Caitlyn is going to have a break-out season. And Courtney is a (6-foot-2) freshman who tonight was vocal and not intimidated.”