The Lyons High School girls’ basketball season came to an end at the Regionals in Colorado Springs with a loss to Denver Christian. The girls were just a single game away from making it into the “Elite Eight” at the State Championship Tournament. Lyons had a great crowd to cheer them on in Colorado Springs; even super-fan Lavern Johnson made the trip to cheer on her girls.
Denver Christian had an aggressive game plan, and pressed the Lady Lions the entire game. Lyons was sluggish and a little sloppy in the first half. DC took advantage and got up early. Ixchel Leeuwenburgh and Liz Jonjak both got into foul trouble and had to ride the pine for a portion of the second quarter. Denver Christian took advantage, and poured in the points in the paint, while the Lyons’ offense went cold, and couldn’t connect on anything. Lyons, at the half, found themselves down by fifteen points. Super-fan Lavern Johnson was heard to say, “It’s a long way to come to get skunked.” and might have been wondering if there was a square dance anywhere in the area she might be able to catch!
However, Lyons roared back in the second half, finding the intensity needed to rally and get back into the game. It was a total team effort. Everyone helped to make it happen. Maddi Maguire hit a trey from downtown, Madison Johnson had an “and one” bucket and made the free-throw. Kylie Udovich dropped a bomb from beyond the arc for a three, and Jonjak, as time was winding down, scored five points in a row. Lyons narrowed the deficit to within three points with just a minute left on the clock, but it wasn’t to be. The Lyons shooters went cold, and the Lions lost a heart-breaker 42 to 37.
The girls played well. If the second period had gone just a little bit better and they hadn’t had to dig themselves out of such a big hole, Lyons would have been moving on. If, if, if. . . Maguire scored eight points and handed out three assists. Udovich knocked down three points and grabbed three rebounds. Johnson had a nice all-around game with nine points, ten rebounds, and two blocks. Ditto Leeuwenburgh, who despite her foul trouble managed seven points, nine rebounds, and seven steals. Jonjak chipped in with five points, three assists, and five steals. Sarah Hall had three points and two blocked shots. The team finished the season with an impressive record of nineteen wins against four losses! Next week we’ll take a look back over the Lions amazing season.
Lyons scoring: Johnson 4, 1-3, 9; Maguire 3, 0-0, 8; Leeuwenburgh 2, 3-5, 7; Jonjak 2, 0-0, 5; Walker 1, 0-0, 2; Udovich 1, 0-0, 3; Hall 1, 0-0, 3; Dillon 0, 0-0, 0; Heibert 0, 0-0, 0; Powell 0, 0-0, 0; Kincaid 0, 0-0, 0; Moe 0, 0-0, 0. Totals: 15, 4-8, 37. Three-pointers: Jonjak (1), Hall (1), Udovich (1), and Maguire (2). Fouled Out: none. Score by Quarters:
Lions 10 00 09 18 = 37
Thunder 10 15 06 11 = 42