The Lyons High School girls’ basketball team went on a scoring binge last week, and defeated Nederland handily by a score of 52 to 13. Sarah Hall had a career high of thirteen points. The win elevated the Lady Lions record for the season to twelve and one!
Lyons second game of the week, a road game against Denver Christian was an entirely different scenario. The Lion’s struggled in a defensive dog fight against the Thunder in one of the lowest scoring games in recent memory.
Both teams got off to a sluggish start; neither could get the ball to go down. The Lions made several mental errors as
well. The girls never really had an opportunity to play their style of ball, and press the Thunder. At the end of the first quarter, Denver Christian was leading six to four.
In the second quarter things started to click for the Lions. Madison Johnson hit a basket from on an assist from Ixchel Leeuwenburgh and Liz Jonjak nailed a trey with an assist from Maddi Maguire to take the lead away from the Thunder. Jonjak forced a Thunder turn-over that Leeuwenburgh converted to take a twelve to eight lead. However the Thunder would not go quietly into the night. They hit several free-throws to eventually take the lead away. Lyons controlled the ball offensively for most of the half but, struggled to get the ball in the hoop. Going into the locker room at the half, the score stood at fourteen to twelve in favor of the Thunder.
In the third quarter, again Lyons dominated the time offensively in a see-saw battle. Jonjak got a quick steal for a bucket. Leeuwenburgh got an and-one basket, but missed the free throw. However, Hall got the rebound for an easy put-back two. The Lions suddenly found themselves in the lead eighteen to fourteen. The Thunder was still rumbling. They hit a three from downtown, added a couple more free-throws and tied the game at nineteen apiece. Amanda Dillon hit a three for the Lions as the clock ticked down towards the end of the quarter to take a one point lead, twenty-two to twenty-one, Lyons.
The fourth quarter had Lions thinking they might win this fight. Johnson sank a great shot off a pretty assist from Jonjak to make the score twenty-five to twenty-one. A few possessions later Kylee Udovich hit a big three that stretched the Lyons lead to twenty-nine to twenty-four with just three minutes left on the clock. The Thunder scored again to pull within three. A couple of clutch free-throws made it a one point contest, twenty-nine to twenty-eight!
After a Thunder steal, the Lions hustled back to stop an easy lay up basket, and forced DC to go to the foul line for the points. Lyons was still in the game when the first free-throw missed. The second swished through the net to tie the game at twenty-nine with a minute left. The Lions had possession of the ball, and control of the game. Hold the ball for the last shot; make it and you win, miss and it on to over time. The Thunder stole the ball with thirty seconds on the clock, and calmly worked the it down for a last second drive to the a hoop and sunk the lay up for the win. Lion’s lost the defensive battle thirty-one to twenty-nine. It made for a long bus ride home from Denver.
The Lions’ record dropped to twelve wins against two loses, and dropped them down to fifth in 2A in the state. They are still first in their district, and second in their league. The Lions have two more home games before they enter the play-offs. Tuesday, February 7, at 7 p.m., and their final home game is “Senior Night” on Tuesday, February 14. It’s a double-header with boys’ squad. Let’s pack the gym and show our support and appreciation for an exciting season of basketball.
Scoring vs. Nederland: Johnson 8 0-0 16; Hall 6 1-2 13; Leeuwenburgh 6 1-3 13; Jonjak 2 0-0 4; Maguire 1 0-0 3; Udovich 1 0-0 3; Powell 0 0-2 0; Kincaid 0 0-0 0; Dillon 0 0-0 0; Heibert 0 0-0 0; Moe 0 0-0 0; Frohling 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 2-7 52. Three-pointers (2): Maguire & Udovich. Fouled out: None Score by Quarters:
Lions 16 16 08 12 = 52
Panthers 01 08 00 04 = 13
Scoring vs. Denver Christian: Johnson 3 1-4 7; Leeuwenburgh 3 1-7 7; Jonjak 2 0-0 5; Udovich 1 2-4 5; Dillon 1 0-0 3; Hall 1 0-0 2; Maguire 0 0-0 0; Powell 0 0-0 0; Kincaid 0 0-0 0; Heibert 0 0-0 0; Moe 0 0-0 0; Frohling 0 0-0 0. Totals: 11 4-15 29. Three-pointers (3): Jonjak, Udovich, & Dillon. Fouled out: Jonjak. Score by Quarters:
Lions 04 08 10 07 = 29
Thunder 06 08 07 10 = 31