Post season play begins next week, and the Lyons High School girls’ basketball squad is peaking at just the right time with two convincing wins last week as the regular season winds down.  Their record now stands at an impressive sixteen wins against only two loses on the season; besting their fifteen wins of last year. The Lions will be battling Heritage Christian, currently sporting a spotless seventeen and oh

record, for the league title.  Even if the Lions should lose the game it is a “lose/win” situation because it will help Lyons RPI ranking for post season, due to HC’s win record. As it stands now, the Lions are ranked seventh in the state RPI, second in their league, and first in district.
As a result of their stellar record, the Lions will host a first round game, most likely against Twin Peaks, on Tuesday, February 21. If Lyons wins that game they move onto the district tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 24 and 25, where they will probably run up against either Union Colony or Dayspring in the first round. They must win to continue in the play-offs.  Two teams from each district tournament will move on to the Regional Tournament. Last year Lyons made it to regionals where they were stopped by Paonia the eventual 2016 state champions.

Lyons fifteenth win this season came last week against Front Range Christian, a young inexperienced team, which did not have an answer to the relentless full court press or the “bigs” of the Lions. Everyone on the team got valuable playing time, which may prove handy in the post season, and everyone on the squad had at least one rebound. Madison Johnson continued her dominate play underneath the basket as she notched another double/double with eighteen points to go with her fifteen rebounds. Liz Jonjak pilfered the ball eight times, dished out five assists, and dropped a half dozen points for a good all-around night. Maddi Maguire also had six points to go with her four assists and one blocked shot. Sarah Hall grabbed nine rebounds and scored four points. Kylee Udovich chipped in with nine points. Adele Walker had a strong game with four points, six rebounds, and a block, and Hope Kincaid scored a deuce; all leading to a commanding 40 to 25 win for the Lions.

Lyons scoring: Johnson 7, 4-6, 18; Udovich 4, 1-1, 9; Maguire 2, 1-2, 6; Jonjak 3, 0-0, 6; Hall 2, 0-0, 4; Walker 2, 0-2, 4; Dillon 0. 0-0, 0; Powell 0, 0-0, 0; Kincaid 1, 0-0, 2; Heibert 0, 0-0, 0; Moe 0, 0-0, 0; Frohling 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 21, 5-11, 49. Three-pointers (2) – Jonjak and Maguire. Fouled out – none.
Score by Quarters:
Lions  20  14  04  11 = 49
FRC    06  04  06  09 = 25

Lyons next win, their sixteenth, came against neighboring-town rivals Longmont Christian. LC lacked the experience to handle the veteran Lyons, who quickly took the lead and ran with it.   Everyone on the bench again got the opportunity to play. Johnson is finding her rhythm, and just in time for post season, scored another double/double with seventeen points and thirteen rebounds. Jonjak got her first career double/double the hard way, with ten points and ten steals!  Maguire finished out the trio of double digits scorers with ten points on the night. Hall cleaned the glass with eight rebounds and two points. Udovich had four points and three steals. Raven Moe got on the varsity score board for the first time in her young career with four points to go with two rebounds as Lyons coasted to a 47 to 19 win.
Lyons scoring: Johnson 8, 1-1, 17; Jonjak 5, 0-0, 10; Maguire 3, 3-3, 10; Udovich 2, 0-0, 4; Moe 2, 0-0, 4; Hall 1, 0-0, 2; Powell 0, 0-0, 0; Kincaid 0, 0-0, 0;  Heibert 0, 0-0, 0;  Walker 0, 0-0, 0; Frohling 0, 0-0, 0; Dillon 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 21, 4-4, 47.    Three-pointers –  Maguire.  Fouled out – Hall.
Score by Quarters:
Lions  16  11  08  12 = 47
LC      02  07  06  04 = 19

Be sure and come on down to the LHS gym on Tuesday February 21, to cheer your Lions on to victory! Check website for more information.

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