BROOMFIELD - The Legacy girls basketball team are out to defend their state title, but will have do it without 60 percent of their offense from last year.
Any other year and any other team it would mean trouble, but not the Lightning.
They will turn to the talented sister duo of Caitlyn and Courtney Smith in their quest for a second consecutive state title.
“I think the ultimate goal every year is to win the state championship,” Courtney Smith said. “But we have to take it a game at a time and continue to improve.”
No doubt Legacy will miss the scoring tandem of Emily Glen and Kailey Edwards, who combined to average more than 32 points last season.
But, the Smith sisters were no slouches last season and the duo worked diligently this summer to improve their games.
“We aren’t going to able to replace them because they were such a strong group,” said Caitlyn Smith, who will play next season for Colorado School of Mines.
“We just have to play to our strengths.”
Caitlyn Smith, who is 6-foot-2, is the Lightning top returning scorer and rebounder after averaging 8.8 points and 7.2 rebounds last season.
While Courtney Smith started last season as a freshman, and improved as the season went on last season.
“We are trying to be a threat from all over the floor,” Caitlyn Smith said. “Courtney is a really good shooter, but she is working on being better all-around. I’m working on improving my ball-handling skills.”
Courtney Smith went for 17 points and 10 rebounds to help Legacy top Highlands Ranch 64-61 in the semifinals last year.
Caitlyn Smith also had 13 in the win.
The duo also combined for 17 points in the title game to beat Monarch, 58-51.
That moment has the sisters motivated to defend their title.
“We really want to get to the same place we did last year,” Caitlyn Smith said.
“It was really nice to end on a win.”