The Lyons High School girls basketball team missed going to state but, this season was epic. When you think that just two seasons ago the Lions won only five games over the entire season. They won nineteen games this year! It is an outstanding turnaround. The Lady Lions won the championship title in district 7, they were second in the Mile High League, and based on their win/loss record they were ranked sixth in 2A. This past
season truly ranks up with the best record ever at Lyons for a girls basketball team.
Jason Maguire coached the girls to success, and despite losing leading scorer Taylor Christiansen to injury, he continued to find ways to win. For his success and leadership in turning the program around at Lyons, Maguire was named the 2017 Mile High League “Coach of the Year.”
Lyons was successful due to its dedicated coaching staff and the hard work of its players. The players put up some impressive stats this year, and led the Mile High League.
Points Scored Top Ten: Madison Johnson scored 11.2 points per game. Ixchel Leeuwenburgh had 9.8 and Liz Jonjak had 8.3.
Rebounds Top Ten: Johnson grabbed 9.3 per game, Leeuwenburgh 8.7, and Christiansen 6.8.
Total Field Goal’s Top Ten: Johnson 113, Leeuwenburgh 90, Jonjak 74.
Top Five in Assists: Maddi Maguire led the league and tied with Christiansen with 3.8 per game, followed Jonjak with 3.2 per game.
Top Five in steals: Leeuwenburgh led the league with 86, or 4.3 per game followed by Jonjak with 85 or 3.7 steals per game.
3-pointers top five: Jonjak had 21 and Maguire had 19.
Doubles/Doubles: Johnson had 8, and Leeuwenburgh had 7, Jonjak and Christiansen each had one.
Lyons had four players make Mile High All-Conference. Liz Jonjak was first-team All-Conference. Madison Johnson, Ixchel Leeuwenburgh, and Maddi
Maguire were second-team All-Conference.
Jonjak was invited to play at the CCGS All-State senior basketball game this past Sunday. Only fourteen players from 2A are invited to play in the CCGS All-State senior basketball game. Coach Maguire and Coach Richardson were invited to coach the 2A blue All-State team. Jonjak had the honor of playing for them one more time.
Taylor Christiansen is a gifted player, who due to injury, wasn’t able to finish her senior year. She is most likely the highest scoring girls’ basketball player from Lyons “ever” with 900 career points. Look for her in green next year as she makes the transition to the college playing for Adams State. Liz Jonjak, a point guard, had over 500 career points and 300 steals. She will be a Viking as she continues her basketball career at Lawrence University in Kansas. Maddi Maguire, the daughter of Coach Maguire, had an outstanding year and is the last senior of this talented group of 2017.
The trio has been playing together and representing the Lyons community since first grade.
The 2017/18 team has a bright future with three returning starters, a great group of younger players, and Coach Maguire at the helm.