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Girls basketball: Lightning holds off Warriors in BVI championship

Legacy's Kailey Edwards (22) goes up for two points against Centaurus' Midori Patterson on Saturday night during the Boulder Valley Invitational championship game.
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Legacy’s Kailey Edwards (22) goes up for two points against Centaurus’ Midori Patterson on Saturday night during the Boulder Valley Invitational championship game.

LAFAYETTE — With the pivotal, potentially game-clinching plays becoming too numerous to count, it was fitting that the most crucial was turned in by Kailey Edwards.

The Legacy senior shooting guard, bound for the University of Denver, widely has been recognized as one of the state’s top players for the last few seasons. On Saturday, in the finals of the Boulder Valley Invitational, she showed why.

Edwards scored her team’s final six points in the Lightning’s down-to-the-wire 53-49 win against host Centaurus, a feisty Class 4A bunch that gave the 5A Lightning all it could handle.

Edwards finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, and her ending flurry included a fast-break layup after she trailed a Centaurus player attempting to save the ball from scooting out of bounds.

“It was a really close game at that point,” said Edwards, whose basket made it 51-47 with 22 seconds to play. “Luckily I got a step on the other girl and got a steal and made the layup.”

While Centaurus (4-1) wasn’t thrilled to absorb its first loss, the Warriors couldn’t be down on themselves after taking one of 5A’s top squads down to the final seconds.

“I hope this is one of those games that gives the ladies confidence that when they come out to play, they belong with anybody,” Centaurus coach Jeff Jackson said.

The Warriors had another of their customary slow starts — they were down 9-0 — and didn’t take their first lead until early in the fourth on two free throws by Taylor Langer.

From there, seniors Andi Houck (15 points, seven rebounds) and Maurissa Ortega (10 of her 12 points in the second half) gave the Warriors a legitimate shot to pull off the upset.

“I’m sad we lost the game, but I’m also very happy we played this well against them,” Houck said. “We played our hearts out and couldn’t have asked for a better effort.”

Legacy (4-1) also received 13 rebounds from Caitlyn Smith and three 3-pointers from Jordan Salaz, including two to take the lead in the fourth. But in the end, Edwards was the difference-maker.

“It’s nice to have someone of Kailey’s caliber when the chips are down and you need a play,” Legacy coach Craig Van Patten said.

Legacy 53, Centaurus 49

At Centaurus HS

LEGACY (4-1)

Glen 2 1-1 6, Salaz 3 1-2 10, Edwards 6 8-10 21, Ca. Smith 3 1-5 8, Co. Smith 2 2-2 6, Lopez 0 0-0 0, Neely 0 0-0 0, Kuyper 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 13-20 53.

CENTAURUS (4-1)

Langer 0 2-2 2, Matosky 1 2-3 4, Ortega 5 1-1 12, Houck 6 3-5 15, Anderson 1 0-0 2, Puckett 3 0-0 8, Manfredini 0 2-4 2, Patterson 2 0-1 4, Harriger 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 10-16 49.

Score by quarters:

Legacy 19 6 12 16 — 53

Centaurus 9 14 10 16 — 49

3-point goals Legacy (7): Salaz 3, Glen, Edwards, Ca. Smith. Centaurus (3): Puckett 2, Ortega. Total fouls — Legacy 16, Centaurus 17. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

Boulder 40, Standley Lake 37

Lena Jaycox scored 19 points to lead Boulder to victory in the third-place game of the Boulder Valley Invitational at Centaurus HS.

The Panthers (3-2) trailed 25-15 at halftime but clamped down and allowed Standley Lake just 12 points after the intermission.

BOULDER (3-2)

Gregorich 0 1-2 1, Burns 0 0-1 0, Van Bussum 4 0-2 8, Dawson 2 0-2 4, Jaycox 5 6-13 19, Lampert 3 2-4 8. Totals 14 9-24 40.

STANDLEY LAKE (1-2)

Bandel 5 7-7 17, Cortvriendt 2 3-5 7, Lopez 2 2-4 6, Madrid 0 3-5 3, Fernandez 1 0-0 2, Sileny 1 0-2 2. Totals 11 15-23 37.

Score by quarters:

Boulder 7 8 13 12 — 40

Standley Lake 7 18 5 7 — 37

3-point field goals — Boulder (3): Jaycox 3. Standley Lake: 0. Total fouls — Boulder 22, Standley Lake 19. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

Greeley West 56, Skyline 49

A rough first quarter proved too much to overcome for Skyline in the fifth-place game of the Boulder Valley Invitational.

Kaylee Spencer scored 15 points to pace the Falcons, who fell to 3-2 on the season.

SKYLINE (3-2)

Spencer 7 1-3 15, Emanuel 1 7-15 9, David 1 0-0 2, Mastriona 0 0-0 0, Elcock 2 2-5 7, Barron 1 0-2 2, Curtis 4 0-1 8, Torres 2 2-2 6. Totals 18 12-28 49.

GREELEY WEST (2-3)

C. Shumpert 1 1-2 3, D. Shumpert 3 2-2 9, Mascarenas 2 0-0 4, Bateman 2 0-1 4, Campbell 5 0-1 10, Davidson 2 0-0 4, Sheets 11 0-0 22. Totals 26 3-6 56.

Score by quarters:

Skyline 6 15 11 17 — 49

Greeley West 17 12 12 15 — 56

3-point field goals Skyline (1): Elcock. Greeley West (1): D. Shumpert. Total fouls — Skyline 16, Greeley West 25. Fouled out — Mastriona, D. Shumpert, Bateman. Technical fouls — None.

Wheat Ridge 49, Erie 21

Erie struggled in the seventh-place game of the BVI to fall to 1-3 on the season.

WHEAT RIDGE (1-2)

Griffin 2 0-0 5, Swanson 0 1-2 1, Mefford 1 0-2 2, Wirth 6 6-11 19, Huckaby 1 0-0 3, Land 3 2-3 9, Castellaren 2 2-2 7, Lewis 1 0-0 3. Totals 16 11-20 49.

ERIE (1-3)

Ochoa 1 3-5 5, Kudrna 0 0-0 0, Han. Gallagher 0 2-2 2, Bauchert 0 0-1 0, Hal. Gallagher 1 0-0 2, Hulet 0 0-0 0, Gudino 3 1-2 7, Lee 1 2-4 4, Zeier 0 1-2 1. Totals 6 9-17 21.

Score by quarters:

Wheat Ridge 4 14 19 12 — 49

Erie 2 4 2 13 — 21

3-point field goals Wheat Ridge (6): Griffin, Wirth, Huckaby, Land, Castellaren, Lewis. Erie (0). Total fouls — Wheat Ridge 19, Erie 19. Fouled out — Castellaren, Kudrna, Lee. Technical fouls — None.

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