It was “Senior Night” at Lyons High School last week as the Lions hosted (17-0) Heritage Christian in the last game of regular season with the Mile High League title on the line. Seniors Maddi Maguire, Liz Jonjak, and Taylor Christiansen were celebrated for their dedication to the basketball program.
Lyons was able to score the first points of the game but, that is when Lyons got a big dose of reality as Heritage’s star Sara
McGinley went to work. HC’s offense is all about their senior McGinley, a 5’11” power forward. She will be playing at Colorado Christian next year. McGinley proceeded to hit four deep treys in the first half. She netted an impressive total of twenty points in the first half and a stunned Lyons squad scrambled to catch up. The first half had Lyons producing only nine points, a season low, and they went into the locker room trailing 34 to 9.
The third quarter was the best for Lyons. The Lions were able to out score HC 11 to 5. Coach Maguire had pesky guard Jonjak shadow McGinley and shut down the deep threes. McGinley only scored once during that quarter. However the closest the Lions could get in the second half was twelve points. It wasn’t enough and the hometown girls eventually lost the game 55 to 32.
The good news is Ixchel Leeuwenburgh is back from injured reserve and had a great game. She had ten rebounds, six points, and three steals. Kylie Udovich stepped up with nine points, while Madison Johnson notched seven points to go with her five rebounds. Maguire dished out three assists and grabbed two rebounds. Jonjak, spending most of the night chasing McGinley, managed three steals, two assists, two rebounds and four points. Adele Walker had two blocks, four rebounds and two points. Sara Hall netted four points. The Lady Lions head into the post season with a record of sixteen wins against three loses.
Lyons scoring: Udovich 4, 0-0, 9; Johnson 3, 1-2, 7; Leeuwenburgh 3, 0-2, 6; Jonjak 2, 0-0, 4; Hall 2, 0-0, 4; Walker 1, 0-0, 2; Maguire 0, 0-0, 0; Dillon 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: 15, 1-4, 32. Three-pointers: Udovich (1). Fouled out: none.
Score by Quarters:
Lions 04 05 12 11 = 32
HC 11 23 05 16 = 55
The senior basketball players were recognized at the end of the game. All of these girls (Maguire, Jonjak, and Christiansen) have been playing basketball together since first grade and have hopes of getting deep into the play-offs together.
Taylor Christiansen is a four-year varsity player. She is a two-time all-conference player. She plays guard for Lyons. In her career at Lyons, she scored over eight hundred points for a career average of 12 points per game. She averaged 8.4 rebounds, 3.8 steals, and 2.6 assists per game. Her totals would have been higher, but she only played eight games this year due to injury. She will be playing basketball at Adams State next year, and plans on studying accounting.
Maddi Maguire also a four-year varsity player. She played guard for Lyons. She led the league this year in assists averaging 3.8 per game. She also played four years on the LHS volleyball team. She will be attending the University of Wyoming next fall, where she plans on going into the highly competitive nursing program located at the University.
Liz Jonjak, too, is a four-year varsity player. She played point guard and controlled the offense for Lyons. In her career at Lyons she has scored over five hundred and fifty points with a career average of eight points per game to go with 3.4 steals, and 2.2 assists per game. She participated for four years in both softball and in track. She will be playing both basketball and softball next year at Lawrence University where she plans on studying business/sports management.