Once Katuna was able to shake off her poor free-throw performance, the familiar gleam returned to the eyes of the candid senior who firmly believes the legacy of herself, the big three and the 2010-11 team will be noted for much more than high-octane scoring and an abundance of wins.
The Trojans, you see, have been living in the long-casting shadow of Broomfield, which has won the past four 4A championships and is 116-3 over the past five seasons. Longmont clearly is the top challenger, and came enticingly close in last season's state title game, where they absorbed a 55-47 loss.
With the big three back in the fold, it's fair to say Longmont might have narrowed the gap. The Trojans' performance in the pre-break portion of the season, ending with the win in the mostly-5A tourney, did nothing to dispute it.
"We were definitely talking about that, about staying undefeated and that this is our mini-championship before we want to win the big championship," Katuna said.
Undoubtedly, Katuna's name is out there and opponents now understand it's not just the skyscraping Carpenter or the athletic Haddock who they'll have to contain.
"She's a really good guard," Grandview senior Sheridan Blanford said. "She knows how to push the tempo of the game and she's really hard to compete with."
Paul Willis is a
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