Still not fully healed, but probably a bit more rested, the Lady Lions came out strong against Greeley’s University High School Friday. Still missing Joelle Holst (ankle) and Jesse Montross
(knee) since the January 21 Rumble in Platte Valley, the short-handed Lyons team handled the University Bulldogs 52-42 in front of a home crowd. Three practices had been cancelled in the week because of the storm, but the Lions definitely remembered how to play, as they scored in double digits in all four quarters. Shannon Gilman continued her strong play, hitting Lyons’ first three baskets in the first period en-route to her 13 point total. Lyons stayed ahead the whole game, thanks in large part to Jaicy Sutak’s 19 points. She was 4-4 from the free throw line, sank a 3-pointer, and hit a sweet bank shot at the buzzer to end the first half. Rachel Hinker added seven points and Kylee Senesac scored five.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
University 7 14 7 14 42
Lyons 16 12 13 11 52
Lyons faced a tough opponent in Gilcrest Saturday, as the Valley Vikings hit a barrage of jump shots and fast break layups to beat the Lady Lions 55-31. With their fresh State Championship Softball banner proudly displayed in the Valley gym, four members of that softball team combined for 32 points on the court. By comparison, the four Lyons Softball/Basketball players scored 20. Lyons just couldn’t keep up, and they were outscored in every quarter. Jaicy Sutak led the Lady Lions with 10 points, while Madison Myers had eight and Olivia Raspotnik scored five.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Lyons 10 7 7 7 31
Valley 16 16 14 9 55
Lyons is now 7-9 overall and 3-2 in 2A district seven play, which puts them in second place in the district. Six of their nine nine losses were against 3A teams. The Lady Lions will travel to Mead High School (3-13) on February 8 and to Weld Central (11-3) on the February 10, before wrapping up the regular season at home against Highland High School on February 15.