by Phil Aumiller
The Lady Lions have now beaten every other team in their league, and as a result, they’re the new District 7 Champions! Lyons entered the District Tournament as the #3 seed, and started things off by crushing sixth seed Longmont Christian 48-22. Kylee Senesac and Shannon Gilman combined for Lyons’first 21 points until Corbette Tschanz hit numbers 22 through 24. Senesac ended the game with 18 points, including four three-pointers. Gilman finished with a very respectable 11. Longmont Christian scored no more than 8 points in any quarter, and never really had a chance. This was the first meeting between these two teams, and Lyons rolled right past them to the quarterfinals.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Longmont Christian 5 4 5 8 22
Lyons 19 14 8 7 48
Heritage Christian was the second seed in the tournament, and Lyons hadn’t faced them during the season. The Lions had a tough time sinking their shots through the whole game, and trailed 17-22 at the half. Rachel Hinker hit a couple shots early in the third period to match two shots by Heritage, and then Kylee Senesac nailed a three-point jumper and a lay-up to tie the game at 26. Then Jaicy Sutak hit a jumper from the free-throw line to finally pull ahead. The two teams slugged it out through the fourth period, which ended in a 33-33 tie. Lyons hit the first two baskets in overtime and Heritage countered with a 3-pointer. Rachel Hinker got fouled and hit her first free-throw. She missed the second one, but Shannon Gilman muscled in and grabbed the rebound and laid it up to give Lyons a 4-point lead. Heritage again countered with a 3-pointer, but time was running out. With 0.4 seconds remaining, Jaicy Sutak drew another foul and sunk both free-throw to ice the game, 42-39. Next up: Resurrection Christian, the #1 seed who had beaten Lyons twice during the season.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 OT Final
Lyons 11 6 11 5 9 42
Heritage Christian 12 10 7 4 6 39
The previous two meetings between Lyons and Resurrection were fairly unpleasant. The District Championship included some elements of those previous games, but the end result more than made up for it. Remarkably, on Saturday, nobody dislocated a hip, only one girl got elbowed in the ear, and nobody threw up. Predictably, one of the Resurrection Players flattened Jaicy Sutak and didn’t get called for a foul. In a beautiful role-reversal, Lyons built a substantial lead and burned some time, which forced the Cougars to foul them in a desperate attempt to stop the clock and get the ball back. In the end, the Lyons players graciously endured those intentional fouls and hit a bunch of free throws to pad their lead and take home the Championship plaque. The Lady Lions definitely remembered their two losses to the Resurrection Christian Cougars, and they were determined not to let it happen again. Lyons hopped out to a quick 2-0 lead but the Cougars snapped off a 2-point goal and a 3-pointer to pull ahead. Then Lyons took the lead and held it through the rest of the game. Lyons played some fierce defense, and honestly, so did the Cougars. The big difference was that Lyons hit more of their shots and grabbed more rebounds in a solid team effort. Shannon Gilman hit the rarest of shots: a 3-pointer with a foul that turned it into a four-point play. She finished the game with 13 points. Kylee Senesac had 9 and Jaicy Sutak had 7, while Rachel Hinker scored 6. Five other girls combined for 10 points.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Lyons 12 14 7 12 45
Resurrection Christian 9 6 4 10 29
The 2A post-season is structured to reduce travel time, since there are 63 teams spread throughout a state with a bunch of mountains in the middle of it. The districts are organized geographically, with District 7 being composed of teams from Lafayette, Longmont, Lyons, Loveland, and Fort Collins. The top three finishers from the District 7 tournament move on to the regional rounds, along with the top three to five finishers from the other seven districts. There are 32 teams playing this weekend in 8 regions. Lyons is the first seed in their regional bracket at Stanley Lake High School. On Friday, Lyons (12-9) will face Holyoke (7-12) at 3:00. The winner will face either Peyton (17-4) or Meeker (12-6-1) on Saturday at 1:00. The Lyons boys, who are also Division 7 Champions, will be playing at the same venue this weekend, which is a very good deal for the Lyons fans.