HIGHLANDS RANCH - Lexy Thorderson comes from a family of basketball players.
The 6-foot junior at Rock Canyon is carrying on a family tradition as the youngest of four sisters who have played high school basketball in the Highlands Ranch area.
Eric Thorderson played basketball at Wayne State. He was a girls assistant coach at Highlands Ranch for three years and is in his fourth season as an assistant with the Rock Canyon girls program.
Ali and Abby Thorderson played at Highlands Ranch and were on one of the Falcons’ state championship team. Both went on to play basketball at Weber State.
Chole Thorderson graduated last spring from Rock Canyon where she lettered in basketball. She is now attending Utah State.
“I watched all three of my sisters play,” said Lexy Thorderson. “I went to all the games. I played with Chole but I was pretty young so I didn’t play with my older sisters.
“Now days if they all come home, we play a little bit.”
Eric Thorderson moved his family from Detroit when Lexy was 2 years old.
“Lexy has probably seen more games than most kids because we’d take her to games when she was 2-years-old,” Eric Thorderson said. “When we moved here Ann Strother was playing. Lexy has been totally submerged in the girls basketball culture. She understands the game fairly well.”
Thorderson considers himself a lucky father.
“Obviously having four daugthers, I know other families with four daughters,” he said. “I say, you know what, I could have been going to ballet or swimming. I just happened to get lucky and they wanted to play basketball and it’s something that I love.”
Lexy Thorderson, who tore her ACL the summer before her sophomore season and was slowed by the injury during the 2011-12 campaign, is scoring at a 15.6 clip this season for Rock Canyon, a team that is fifth in Class 5A rankings.
She is averaging 5.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.7 steals.
“Coming off a torn ACL last year, I think it’s motivating me more to come back and show I can play this year,” said Lexy.
Rock Canyon coach Robbie Ballard has watched Lexy mature.
“I have seen Lexy mature as she dealt with rehab and the disappointment of the injury,” said Ballard. “Off the floor, Lexy is a respectful person and quiet until you get to know her. She has a fantastic personality and is very funny. I’m glad she is having a great year and she has worked hard the past year to get back to where she was before her injury.”
Ballard claims that it has been fun to coach Lexy.
“I have coached Lexy since she was a sixth grader so I have had the opportunity to see her grow as a person and player,” said Ballard. “In coaching it is said that it is always easiest to coach the kids that are most like you as a player and Lexy is certainly that to me.
“Growing up in a basketball family, she has the basketball IQ and has watched and played a lot over the years. She is the leader of our team and I am very proud of her effort this year. This is the best Rock Canyon team we have had and it has a lot to do with Lexy.”