Courtney: a tall and dominant girls basketball player for the Legacy Lightning
KUSA – Legacy High School has a not so-secret weapon. She’s listed at 6-4, but she thinks she’s a little shorter than that.
“I think I’m 6-2, I don’t know why my coach did that,” Smith said laughing.
Either way, she’s dominant. Lightning senior Courtney Smith averages a double-double per game, about 22 points and 10 rebounds.
“These last few games I’ve just been lasered in and focused,” Smith said.
However, what’s more impressive is her free throw percentage.
“We get fouled down low as centers. We get mauled half the time, so I have to rely on making free throws and getting the points,” said Smith.
Courtney shoots a remarkable 85 percent from the line.
“You should practice every free throw like there’s 5 seconds left and you’re down by one and you need both of them. Every time I’m at the line, I treat it like it’s one of those moments,” Smith explains.
Legacy’s head coach Craig Van Patten says he’s confident every time she gets fouled. “You see the game is on the line and she’s the one that gets fouled. You know chances are she’s going to come through in the clutch,” Van Patten said.
It’s also safe to saw Courtney stands out on the court, but also in the hallways. “I’m one of the tallest people at school,” she said.
And as for her 6-foot dating life? Well, she has a requirement. “They have to be taller… 6-3 or 6-5,” said Smith.
Luckily she prefers sneakers over heels.