This year, the Lyons High School Lady Lions basketball squad is finding success while having a great time together. With ten wins against only three losses, Lyons is now ranked fifteenth in the state in 2A, third in the Mile High League, and second in District 7.
Coach Jason Maguire believes in his young squad and is animated about where the team is headed in the future. “This is the most wins Lyons has had in a long, long time. The girls are excited, and we will have a good test against Heritage (13-0). They are ranked third in 1A and are on top of the Mile High League.”
In the first game of the week, the Lions traveled to Greeley to play a league game against Union Colony. The powerful Union Colony Timberwolves, with only one loss, were the heavy favorites to win the game. The Lions did a great job on the glass, out rebounding the T-Wolves 35 to 26. Taylor Christiansen and Ixchel Leeuwenburgh each had eleven, Madison Johnson pulled down five, and Ashely Sowders grabbed a couple.
The game came down to wire, tied 32 to 32 with less than two minutes to play. Coach Maguire and the team controlled the tempo over the final possessions of the game to get the win. Christiansen on a drive to the hoop got a blocking call and sunk her free throws to give Lyons the lead 34 to 32. Maddi Maguire drew an important charging foul that helped to stall the T-Wolves offensive attack. Liz Jonjak then took a hard hit as Union was desperate to stop the clock. She calmly sunk her two free throws to ice the game, and Lyons prevailed 36 to 32 to run their season record to nine and three.
Lyons scoring: Christiansen 2, 3-4, 7; Jonjak 4, 2-4, 11; Maguire 1, 0-0, 3; Johnson 3, 0-0, 6; Heibert 0, 0-0, 0;
Udovich 0, 0-0, 0; Leeuwenburgh 1, 3-3, 5; Walker 0, 0-0, 0; Hall 0, 0-0, 0; Herman 0, 0-0, 0; Sowders 0, 1-2, 1; Dillon 0, 0-0, 0. Three-point field goals (2) – Jonjak and Maguire. Totals: 10 10-14 36
Score by Quarters:
Lyons 05 07 09 15 = 36
UCP 11 06 10 05 = 32
The second game of the week was against the Dawson Mustangs. This was a team Lyons couldn’t quite shake the last two years. This year however, Lyons had no problem with the Mustangs and out-performed them in every aspect of the contest. Everyone on the Lions squad got playing time, as Dawson just couldn’t keep pace with Lyons.
The stats for the game are impressive. On two-pointers Lyons shot 44% from the field on fifty-four attempts. The ‘Stangs were just 19% on twenty-one shots. As a team, the Lions cleaned the glass with thirty-six rebounds, dished out fifteen assists, notched eighteen steals, and committed just thirteen turnovers.
Jonjak had the hot hand, and scored a career high with eighteen points going nine for twelve from the floor for a 75% shooting night. Most of her points came in the first quarter. Jonjak was also named BOCO athlete of the week for being the team’s high scorer in both of Lyons' wins this past week.
It was definitely a team effort as everyone on the squad got playing time and contributed to the win. Leeuwenburgh continues to bring it, and had eleven points and nine rebounds. Christiansen had nine rebounds and eight steals. Adele Walker had four points and four rebounds, while Maguire had four rebounds and four assists. Johnson chipped in with seven points. Amanda Dillon and Jackie Heibert each added two points, and Sarah Hall had three rebounds, and Sowders grabbed two. Sheali Herman, who had a rebound and an assist summed up the win and the season. “The chemistry between all of us is amazing. We are having so much fun and we are killing it.” To her point, the final score was 50 to 15, and elevated the season record to ten and three!
Lyons scoring: Christiansen 3, 0-1, 6; Jonjak 9, 0-0, 18; Maguire 0, 0-0, 0; Johnson 3, 1-2, 7; Heibert 0, 0-0, 0; Udovich 0, 0-0, 0; Leeuwenburgh 5, 1-2, 11; Walker 2, 0-0, 4; Hall 0, 0-0, 0; Herman 0, 0-0, 0; Sowders 0, 0-0, 0; Dillon 1, 0-1, 2. Totals: 24, 2-6, 50
Score by Quarters:
Lyons 16 07 10 17 50
Dawson 04 02 04 05 15