by Phil Aumiller
The Lady Lions fought hard Friday, but couldn’t slay the Holyoke Lady Dragons in the opening round of regional post-season play at Standley Lake High School in Westminster. Starting the game without Sophomore Forward Olivia Raspotnik, who injured her ankle in practice last week, the Lions managed to jump out ahead ofHolyoke and stay ahead through the first two quarters. In that time, Kylee Senesac led with 8 points while Rachel Hinker and Shannon Gilman each scored 6. A couple minutes into the second half, the momentum started to shift. Senior Point Guard Jaicy Sutak was fouled and hit the floor. She had to be carried out of the gym with a hip injury, and was unable to play the rest of the game. Amidst a rash of frustrating traveling and foul calls, Lyons was outscored 9-12 in the third quarter, but they still clung to a 32-30 lead. In the fourth period, Senior Forward Kelly Williams went down with a knee injury and Senior Forward Molly Arp fouled out. Now four girls short, Lyons wasn’t able to get anything going, while the Lady Dragons stepped up their game considerably. The end result was a stunning 34-47 loss to end the Lions’ playoff dream. Senesac, Gilman, and Hinker finished with 10, 9, and 8 points, respectively. Holyoke went on to beat Meeker on Saturday, and will advance to the State Tournament in Pueblo this weekend.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Holyoke 11 7 12 17 47
Lyons 15 8 9 2 34
This was, by far, Lyons’ best girls’ basketball season in recent history. Going against several larger schools during the regular season toughened them up. In game 12, they lost their leading scorer, Jesse Montross, to a knee injury. After that, the team just worked harder, improving their shooting skills and becoming more tenacious on defense. They played exceptionally well as a team, unselfishly passing the ball to whoever had the best chance of scoring. They showed great integrity, shaking off injuries, questionable calls, and the occasional nasty opponent. Coach Paula Maguire, along with assistants Rob Bourges and Tammy Bustamante, should be commended for the values they stressed to these girls every day. Lyons finished the season with three big wins and then opened the post-season with three more, proving to everybody that they truly deserved that District Championship crown.
Thanks Ladies, it’s been a pleasure to watch you play. We’re proud of you.