Mar 8, 2013 7:36 PM by Greg Smith
The Lewis-Palmer boys are still in the hunt to defend their 4A State Title, and a big part of their success has Scott on the back of his jersey. But it's a different Scott... and this is a different team.
You'll hear a lot about defense if you hang around Lewis-Palmer practice this time of year. They believe it's the key to back to back state titles. Their goal will continue on Saturday against Cheyenne Mountain.
"It's defense first," says Jordan Scott. "If we play great defense like we can, and play offense like we know we can, we'll come out with a W."
"We base everything off our defense," added Head Coach Russ Mckinstry. "So, we like to get out and pressure on defense. It's going to be a big challenge for our guards."
One of those guards is senior Jordan Scott. His brother Josh, now a freshman at CU, averaged 28 points for the Rangers en route to the 2012 championship. But just because they share a last name doesn't mean they share a playing style.
"Yeah, we don't play anything alike," Scott says of his older brother. "I mean, I learned a lot from him, but he's a four or five. I'm more of a guard position. We're very different."
Mckinstry agreed. "Last year we obviously had a 6-foot-10 center who was a dominant player. He's a different type of player than Josh. Obviously he's not as big, but he's a slicer. He's a defensive stopper, he can stand on his own merits, that's for sure. He's really stepped up and played well."
There's certainly a different look to Lewis-Palmer without the elder Scott brother, but that doesn't mean they can't hang a banner of their own.
"I think we're probably just as solid this year," Mckinstry says of his squad. "Except for we're more balanced. We probably have a few more guys that can step up and make plays. It's a different type of team, but, I still think we're hungry. Hopefully that leads us to some good things on Saturday afternoon against Cheyenne Mountain."
"Our ultimate goal is to win a championship," Scott says. "It's kind of what you play for, so this is the most exciting time of year, and when you come home with one, that's a great feeling. I want to have it again."
A win Saturday would give Lewis-Palmer their fifth straight appearance in the 4A final four.