Category Archives: Girls Basketball


The Lady Basketball Season Starts off Strong

By Lauren Penington

The Lady Titans basketball team is already up and in action for their winter season. Although their first game ended up with the girls on the losing end, they soon rebounded — winning their second game and restoring their mojo.

With seven seniors leaving the team last year, the team only has two returning members that have played on the varsity level. This has become one of the team’s biggest challenges.

“Our biggest challenge is experience,” senior Ally Lowe said. “We’re working on growing everyone’s skill and making sure we’re all up to varsity level.”

Lowe and her team are under no illusions — the team is not perfect, especially as they work with almost an entirely new line up.

“Obviously we still need to improve — we can work on finishing our shots; making good, smart passes; and not turning over the ball,” Lowe said.

Aware of what they need to work on, the team has continued making conscious strides toward success, hoping to make this season a great one. 

“After tryouts finished, we started practicing and conditioning,” Lowe said. “We’ve been working on plays, strength, and team bonding in order to make sure that we are a close and well connected team.” 

With only two returning varsity players, the seniors have taken on much more of a leadership role. Not only are they leading a group, but they are actively teaching new players the moves and tricks they need to know to succeed. Lowe has not only stepped up as a senior, but has also moved up as team captain. 

“I just love playing basketball because it’s a fun team sport and although it is mentally and physically challenging, the outcome of winning games and working together with my team is very rewarding. It’s a great challenge,” said Lowe.

Even with the loss of their first game, the Lady Titans Basketball team is rearing and ready to go, constantly learning and evolving to better themselves, enhance the team, and prepare for this new season.

The Lady Titans’ Hoops Hopes

By Ashley Keller

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The Lady Titans hosted their first playoff game on Feb. 25, defeating Standley Lake 45-33.  The Lady Titans will play the Poudre Impalas at 6:30 p.m. today, Feb. 28.

In their last regular season game, the Lady Titans defeated the Chaparral Wolverines 40-36 on Feb. 21. It was a tight battle with the game heating up after the second quarter when the teams were tied. By the end of the third quarter, Legend was headed to the win.

In the game against Chaparral, point guard Kristen Gallagher, junior, was named player of the game with 8 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds and 2 steals. Captain Joey Sale, a junior, also played well with nine points and seven rebounds.  Other standout players include Amanda Benglen and Whitney Jacob for their defensive efforts against the Wolverines.

One of the Lady Titans’ goals at the beginning of the season was to have a winning record and a minimum of 12 wins. With this win, the team ended the regular season with a 12-11 record, eclipsing their record of 9-15 that they held for the previous two seasons.

 “I feel great about how it went. And how we overcame the adversity in the game to finally beat Chaparral. We finally got over the ‘hump,’” Sale said.

Girls’ Basketball Winning Streak is Snapped after a 50-31 loss against ThunderRidge

Sophomore Haley Hildenbrand eyes the basket.
Sophomore Haley Hildenbrand eyes the basket.

By Ashley Keller

The Lady Titans suffered a loss last Friday against the ThunderRidge Grizzlies. This came after they won the three previous games before losing to ThunderRidge. The girls overall is currently 9-6. They will be playing a game tonight at Rock Canyon at 7 p.m.

“In 5A we’ve never won more than nine games. We’re feeling pretty good right now. Having 12 wins would give us a winning record. We’re really focused on hitting double digits in wins [this season],” Coach Eli Moore said.

Sophomore Haley Hildenbrand was chosen as Player of the Game for the Heritage game that the Titans won. “My best game so far has been Heritage. I had 14 points that game. I played well and hard. I attribute [my success to] my coaches and my dad.”

This is Hildenbrand’s first year playing on the varsity level. “I like [playing on varsity more]  than junior varsity. You have a family and it’s so much better. It’s really fun,” Hildenbrand said. “It’s interesting [being the only sophomore on the team]. You feel kind of by yourself. But the juniors make me feel like I’m a part of the team,” Hildenbrand said.

Varsity Girls win last two games

Photos by Ashley Keller and Catherine Liggett

The girls started their league season Friday, Jan. 17 with a 59-27 win at home against Littleton. Joey Sale put up a double-double with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks. Legend followed up that win with another home victory over Heritage, 50-28, last night. Coach Eli Moore’s Player of the Game went to sophomore Haley Hildenbrand who scored 14 points.

After a Tough Week, Girls Basketball Looks to Improve


By Ashley Keller

The Lady Titans lost two straight games last week. They played on Jan. 7 against the Mesa Ridge Grizzlies, losing 62-27. The next day, the girls played against the Pine Creek Eagles and were defeated 45-39. The two losses ended a three game winning streak.

“I think the losses have made us stronger. They have given us something to learn from,” Junior Captain Megan Jordan said.

While Jordan is the team captain, the team has also been impacted by a surprising player, junior point guard Kristen Gallagher. She has played good defense, with an averaging two steals per game.

Despite the outcome of the two previous games, the girls overall record is 6-4. The team plays 13 more games before the season is over. The Lady Titans will be playing tonight against the Cougars at Cherokee Trail at 7 o’clock.

“[The season] is going good. We still have a lot of things to work on. But if we just work on the little things, we should be set,” Jordan said.

Girls basketball reaches for the next step


By Ashley Keller

The thing about a young team is that they get older. The “building years” end and the expectations rise. That’s the case with the girls’ varsity basketball team.“As Coach [Eli] Moore said, ‘the honeymoon is over,’” junior Joey Sale, one of the captains, said.

Being made up of a team of 12 players, nine being sophomores, made for tough wins and losses.  For the last two years, girls basketball has had a record of 9 wins and 15 losses. Those juniors have now gained more experience playing on at the varsity level and are ready for the new year. The girls faced challenges last year that helped shape their new season.

“[Last year] personally taught me to be more physical. And (as) a team, it taught us not to be frantic at times,” Sale said.

“It was definitely intimidating. But I could tell it made myself better,” junior Captain Megan Jordan said.

The nine sophomores played against juniors and seniors last year.  After the start of the season, the girls soon learned to play at that level of competitiveness.  “It was definitely challenging at times. A lot of them were bigger than us and were more experienced. But it was good. It helped us to play at a quicker caliber and learn,” Sale said. “[Last year] taught me not to back down.” Jordan said.

“[Last season] taught us to be disciplined and it showed us what our coaches expectations were,” junior Kylie Hager said.

The seniors graduated last year and it was difficult for the girls. There was only one junior on the team last year and the girls didn’t have many upperclassmen to come to for help.  “We didn’t have anyone to look up on the team. It was a challenge at times since we didn’t have many  upperclassmen,” Sale said.

“The seniors last year were a big part of the team and it was sad to see them leave.” senior Marisa Aguilar said.

This year the girls will face different challenges. Coach Eli Moore expressed his goal of hopefully having a minimum of 12 wins in the season. There are more expectations for the girls for the new year.

“There really haven’t been expectations besides improvement. Now there’s both improving and winning. There’s more pressure on the players,” Moore said.

“There will be higher expectations because the sophomores from last year [are] upperclassmen,” senior Aguilar said.

Marisa Aguilar is the only senior on the varsity team this year, but she sees herself as just another member of the family. “It’s cool being the only senior. Sometimes it feels like a lot of responsibility, but the team is one big family,” Aguilar said.

Girls’ Basketball Teams Kick off Season with Wins

Junior Kaitlyn Ludwig was the top scorer with 13 points in the varsity team's season opening win against Greeley West Dec. 3. Photo by Ashley Keller
Junior Kaitlyn Ludwig was Legend’s top scorer with 13 points in the varsity team’s season opening win against Greeley West Dec. 3. Photo by Ashley Keller

By Kyle Kercheval

Lady Titans’ Basketball started out their season with a 48-44 win over the Greeley West Spartans at the Coliseum last night.

In a tightly contested battle, Legend was able to out score the Spartans 14-10 in the fourth quarter behind the play of junior Kaitlin Ludwig.

The Titans’ guard totaled 13 points on the offensive end and also contributed on defense with five steals, one of which came in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter.

Junior Kristen Gallagher also sunk key free throws late in the game.

The varsity team’s next match-up will be on the road Dec. 5 against Eaglecrest who will be playing their second night in a row.

Both the JV and C teams won their games against Greeley West by big margins.