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Girls basketball: “The Show” provides distraction for Legacy star Edwards

Legacy standout Kailey Edwards fires a jumper during "The Show," the annual all-star game at the Pepsi Center.
MARK LEFFINGWELL
Legacy standout Kailey Edwards fires a jumper during “The Show,” the annual all-star game at the Pepsi Center.

DENVER — It was the sort of unfortunate stream of communication that is becoming ever-more prevalent in the social media age.

Legacy standout Kailey Edwards, the BoCoPreps.com girls basketball player of the year, learned of the sudden scuttling of her pending collegiate career not from a phone call, text message, or even an email.

Edwards learned the stunning news from — what else? — Twitter.

The University of Denver recruit was able to put aside the unsettling distractions of the past few days on Friday, as Edwards competed at “The Show,” the annual exhibition of the state’s best basketball players at the Pepsi Center. For a few hours, Edwards could focus on playing ball instead of the uncertainty at DU. Erik Johnson, the coach that recruited Edwards to be a Pioneer, left the program on Wednesday to take the head coach position at Boston College.

“It’s extremely disappointing. It was hard to find out, and the way we found out was tough, too,” said Edwards, who led Legacy to the Class 5A state title. “Hopefully we’ll get a good coach in. Someone who enjoys our team and wants to keep us all around. We’re still the same team with the same goals.

“I found out on Twitter, then called the rest of my teammates to see if it was true. Then he shot us all a text. It was tough to find out that way, but he tried to call us. I wish him good luck. DU is where I want to be. I picked it because it is an incredible academic school. I love the team, but it’s tough to see (Johnson) go. I’m going with the flow and hoping we get someone good.”

For three quarters during “The Show” on Friday, the biggest impact Edwards made on the game was against the row of empty chairs she took out while diving for a loose ball in the third quarter. Edwards, whose White team lost 69-48, came alive in the fourth quarter, scoring all six of her points to cap her stellar prep career.

“I played in this last year, so it wasn’t that nerve-racking,” Edwards said. “It’s still super fun. You have the 20 best players in the state coming out to show what they’ve got, so it’s a good competition. This is kind of it. It’s the last high school thing I’ll ever do, but it’s kind of exciting to go out in an all-star game.”

Follow Pat Rooney on Twitter: @prooney07

Blue 69, White 48

At Pepsi Center

BLUE

Dent 5 1-2 11, Giltner 1 2-2 4, Huggins 5 0-0 15, Houck 0 0-0 0, Heckman 0 2-2 2, Evans 5 3-3 14, Derrieux 3 3-4 11, Purdy 2 0-2 4, Howell 2 0-0 4, Sayyid 2 0-2 4. Totals 25 11-17 69.

WHITE

Neuhaus 3 0-0 7, Davis 2 0-0 4, Cerjan 1 0-0 2, Martinez 1 0-0 2, Johnson 5 1-1 12, Edwards 2 2-4 6, Gordon 2 0-0 4, Beckman 0 4-5 4, Torres 0 1-2 1, Hernandez 3 0-0 6. Totals 19 8-12 48.

Score by quarters:

Blue 20 12 16 21 — 69

White 10 16 8 14 — 48

3-point field goals — Blue (8): Huggins 5, Derrieux 2, Evans; White (2): Neuhaus, Johnson. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — None.

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