by Phil Aumiller
For the first time this season, Lyons came out ahead of a team with a better record, delivering a message that they are a dangerous opponent in 2A play. Strasburg came to town with a 7-3 record, and the 4-6 Lady Lions beat them decisively, 55-40. Sophomore Forward Olivia Raspotnik dominated under the boards and scored a season-high fifteen points with six defensive rebounds. Her first basket came after four
offensive rebounds in a span of about three seconds in the first period. That flurry of activity seemed to be all the warm-up she needed, as she went on to drain all free of her freethrows and four more 2-point goals. Senior Forward Rachel Hinker also had her best night of the season, scoring eleven points and grabbing seven defensive rebounds. Rachel seemed to spend about half of her playing time several feet above the floor. Senior Guard Kylee Senesac drained three 3-pointers and sank a freethrow for her very respectable ten points. Lyons jumped out to a 10-point lead in the first period and never looked back, outscoring the Lady Indians in each period.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Strasburg 5 9 13 13 40
Lyons 15 12 14 14 55
Friday’s visit to Platte Valley in Kersey was more like a cage match than a basketball game as the Platte Valley Lady Broncos scratched, slapped, and body-slammed their way to double-digit fouls in each half. While the Lyons players were executing their pick and roll, back door cuts, and fast breaks, the Lady Broncos were working on their choke slams, elbow drops, and overhead chops. The Lady Lions quietly outscored their opponents 43-38, but at considerable bodily cost. When the night was through, the Lyons JV and Varsity players limped back to the bus with a swollen ankle, a wrenched shoulder, a jammed finger, a tweaked knee, an injured hip, a few scratch wounds, and at least one “5-star” (hand-shaped red slap-mark). The Lyons parents who made the trip were in agreement with Lyons Head Coach Paula Maguire that the refs failed to call at least half of the fouls in the JV and Varsity games, which created an unsafe playing environment. The only way the fouls could have been more flagrant would have been if the players had started biting, or hitting each other with folding chairs.
Junior Forward Shannon Gilman rose above the mayhem and scored fifteen points, including two 3-pointers. Senior Forward Kelly Williams, with her jammed fingers taped together, often found a way to get open under the basket where she scored an effortless four times to add to her two freethrows. Jesse Montross brushed off a brutal hip-check by a girl twice her size, which sent her skidding across the floor, and scored six points before leaving the game in the fourth period with an injured knee. Jaicy Sutak sustained at least one deep scratch, an injury to her hip, and a brilliant “5-star,” but led the team with five steals. Lyons started the game a bit sluggish, but took the lead in the second period and stayed level-headed through the smackdown attempt. The ever-resiliant Lady Lions just gritted their teeth through the pain for a well-deserved victory.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Lyons 10 13 9 11 43
Platte Valley 11 8 8 11 38
Lyons is now 6-6 overall, and 3-2 in league play. Lyons will travel to 6-6 Estes Park on January 25 and will host 9-2 Eaton on January 28.