MARION — A career night from Teaonna Jenkins helped the Lyons girls basketball team win its second game in a row on the road. The Lions defeated Marion 62-39 on Friday night.
Lyons (2-1) jumped out to an early 6-0 lead, as the sophomore accounted for Lions' first three buckets in the first 2:11 of play, en route to a career-high 15 points.
"I feel pretty great," said Jenkins. "My teammates helped me out and got me the ball."
Marion (1-4) cut the deficit to 8-6 with 4:15 left in the first frame as Caroline Sturtz hit back-to-back 10 footers, but that is as close as the Black Knights could come. The Lions then went on a 10-2 run led by senior co-captain Gator Shields, who hit two buckets from the paint and dropped in four free throws en route to a perfect 8 for 8 from the charity stripe, finishing the first period with eight of her season-high 20 points. The Lions led at the end of the first quarter, 18-8.
Leading by ten points, 20-10 with 6:43 left in the first half, Lyons senior co captain Taylor DiSanto hit her first of three 3-pointers on the night, which sparked a 15-9 run for the Lions and they took a comfortable 35-19 lead into the locker room at the intermission.
The Lyons offense went on a 13-0 run to open the third, sparked by DiSanto, who knocked down two more triples and collected 9 of her 15 points on the game. The Lions' stingy defense held Marion scoreless until Ashley Lange hit her second 3-pointer of the night for Marion with 2:25 left in the quarter. Lange finished the third with seven of her team-high 18 points. Lyons led at the end of the quarter 54-28.
"The plan was to work on some things we brought in from practice," said Lyons coach Eric Kuhn. "We're still working on some things. Some offenses and some defenses. We did some good things today, the girls are moving the ball and I think that they’re doing good things. They aren't robotic, they aren't just worrying about running the offense. If they can beat a girl off the dribble they’re doing it. They are passing the ball and dribbling it as well as any team I've had in a long time. They really looked for each other."
"The plan was just to get everyone involved,” said Shields, who finished with 20 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and six blocks. "That’s when we play best, when everyone is working together and playing as a team."
In the final period, Kuhn did just that, got all his players in the game with eight out of nine scoring, before moving on to the 62-39 win.
Marion was led on the night by Lange with 18 points (2-3-pointers) and Jamie Royer added eight points.