Potentially one of Class 5A’s top backcourts and post game that might shock the state are a couple of reasons Legacy girls basketball believes it can court the top of its classification. The Lightning campaign to crack the upper echelons of 5A begins 7 p.m. tonight, when Legacy hosts Denver Prep League’s George Washington.
Similar to every team, Legacy has a slew of variables it must account for in its rise. In anticipations to the team’s tip-off in a few hours, we asked Legacy coach Craig Van Patten about a few of those factors and excitement of tackling them with a loaded Lightning squad.
Q. You have said you believe University of Denver-bound senior guard Kailey Edwards, senior guard Emily Glen and junior forward Caitlin Smith are all setting up for big seasons, what do you believe are their early-season keys to living up to their potential?
A. I think they just need to play their games. If they just concentrate on playing their games and not try to do too much I think their (statistics) will speak for themselves.
Q. You’ve had a couple week’s of practice to get to know your 2011-2012 team, who is or are the newcomer/s to the Lightning’s varsity system you expect to raise eyebrows?
A. Jordan Salaz is a senior but this will be her first year getting a significant amount of playing time. I think she will prove to be one of the better shooters in the state (at guard). Also Courtney Smith is a 6-foot-2 freshman (post) who I expect to do big things for our program.
Q. How exciting is the season opener?
A. I think we are all looking forward to getting the season started. After a few weeks of practice it nice to see how you measure up in actual game situations.