On Tuesday of last week, the Lyons Girls Basketball team was back on the road with a short trip to Dawson School in Longmont. The girls at Dawson came into the game at 10-3 and ranked as high as 12th in the 2A state classification. The Lions had upset on their minds.
With a hot shooting though slightly under the weather Avery Joy on the floor, the Lions leapt out to a 15-8 first-quarter lead. Joy scored from inside and out with a pair of threes. The guard executed a post move any inside player would admire for another two to push the Lions ahead. Battling a cold, Joy played nearly the entire game, sitting for only a brief rest.
The second quarter was a reversal of fortune. Dawson constantly switched defenses, keeping the Lions’ attack off balance. Unable to adjust quickly, the Lions turned the ball over and found little room in the half court to score. Finally, freshman Brooklyn Enny would provide a much-needed lift from the bench to keep the Lions close. Enny, who had struggled with free throw shooting prior to the Dawson game, went four for four in the quarter when Lyons needed it most. Enny said about her improvement, “I was tired of missing those, and made up my mind this week to see them go in.” Enny finished the game with solid contribution of nine points.
At halftime, with the score tied at 23, the Lions were confident that they could play with the Mustangs, and came out ready to fight to the end. While Lyons was able to adjust to the 2-3 trapping zone defense, it was the Dawson offense, and the hot shooting of guard Madison Day, a senior, that did the most damage. Unable to contain Day in the third quarter, the Lions were outscored 18-7, and trailed by 11 heading into the last period.
Early in the fourth quarter, Lyons cut into the Dawson lead, and trailed by as few as four throughout the back-and-forth affair. A late Dawson run would put them up nine, however, with under two minutes to play. Joy hit a three pointer off of a sideline play to pull Lyons back to within six. Junior Hannah Schweiger was the second option on another sideline out-of-bounds set play. The play eventually led to Schweiger launching a three that looked dead on, but caught the back of the rim. The Lions would fall short in their upset bid, 50-43.
Coach Marcus Richardson said after the game, “We were unable to effectively handle the pressure and the changing defenses that Dawson showed us. I’m proud of the effort. We play hard. However, to beat good teams, you have to limit turnovers and play smart basketball under pressure.”
Joy led the Lions with 18 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. The junior has caught fire the last four games, averaging 16.5 points per game.
The Lions have four games remaining in the regular season. Friday’s contest at Union Colony was postponed due to the weather. It will likely be rescheduled for February 15. On Tuesday of this week, Lyons Girls Basketball will celebrate their seniors. Alora Cross, Hannah Paton, and Estella Percarpio will play in their last regular season home game versus Twin Peaks. The game will feature a doubleheader with the boys as their seniors are honored as well.