DENVER — With some of the state’s top girls basketball players on the court alongside her, Legacy’s Caitlyn Smith just wanted to find a way to make a contribution.
During her first couple stints on the Pepsi Center floor Saturday during the girls’ edition of “The Show,” the state’s annual basketball all-star game, Smith did just that, making a number of little plays that helped keep her Blue team in the ball game.
After halftime, though, the Blue side took control, and Smith was right in the middle of the action. Making her final high school appearance before continuing her career at Colorado Mines, Smith put together a memorable sequence in the third quarter to help boost the Blue to a 59-51 win.
“With so many great talents on the team, you have to complement as many people as you can with steals and assists,” Smith said. “This was so exciting. I couldn’t wait to get on the floor today.”
Smith entered the game about halfway through the first quarter, and while she found ways to pitch in, it was a rough start offensively for the Lightning standout. Smith had her first shot attempt blocked, and the only other shot she launched the rest of the first half was a desperation heave from just inside half court at the first quarter. While Smith finished the first half scoreless, she did contribute two rebounds, one steal, and an assist.
Smith was given the starting nod after halftime, and she became a key contributor to a Blue team surge that turned a two-point halftime deficit into a six-point lead going into the fourth. Smith stepped up and knocked down a 3-point attempt from the right wing and, moments later, converted a breakaway layup after a White team turnover.
Overall, Smith finished with five points and four rebounds in about 12 minutes of action.
“We were just saying that we needed to start getting some offensive rebounds, and then our shots would fall,” Smith said. “That was the only thing we weren’t doing. Our team was full of strong offensive players who could get rebounds. It was so much fun. It’s so much faster of a pace to be surrounded by so many girls who are the leaders of their teams. I was just relieved that (my shots) started to fall.”
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Blue 59, White 51
At Pepsi Center
(FGM FTM PTS) Vigil 1 0 3, Longwell 2 0 5, Hall 5 0 11, H. Williams 1 2 5, Gordon 1 0 2, Wilson 2 2 6, Akigbogun 6 2 14, Smith 2 0 5, Sally 4 0 8. Totals 24 6 59.
(FGM FTM PTS) Tyree 3 0 8, Reese 4 2 12, Leaf 1 0 2, Wainright 2 0 4, T. Williams 2 0 4, Montgomery 2 0 4, Cotton 4 1 9, Shook 1 0 2, Rader 2 2 6. Totals 19 5 51.
Score by quarters:
Blue 13 17 14 15 — 59
White 19 12 7 13 — 51
3-point field goals — Blue (5): Vigil, Hall, Longwell, H. Williams, Smith; White (4): Tyree 2, Reese 2.