The top-seeded Lyons girls basketball team took one more step closer to being crowned the queens of Section 5 Class C2 Saturday with a 48-37 semifinal win over fifth-seeded Pavilion.



The Golden Gophers couldn’t stop Lyons’ Gator Shields. The sophomore forward scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by her second 3-pointer of the night that put the Lions up by seven, 35-28 with 7:31 left.

The top-seeded Lyons girls basketball team took one more step closer to being crowned the queens of Section 5 Class C2 Saturday with a 48-37 semifinal win over fifth-seeded Pavilion.

The Golden Gophers couldn’t stop Lyons’ Gator Shields. The sophomore forward scored nine of her game-high 19 points in the fourth quarter, highlighted by her second 3-pointer of the night that put the Lions up by seven, 35-28 with 7:31 left.

After Lyons (18-2) opened up an early 11-4 lead in the first period, the Golden Gophers (12-8) outscored the Lions 8-3 to cut the Lions’ lead to just two at 14-12 to end the first period.

Eleven seconds into the second quarter, Erin Cleveland dropped in two of her team-high 15 points, as the Golden Gophers knotted the score at 14. But, the Lions went on a 9-2 scoring run over the next four minutes taking a 23-16 lead with 2:51 left in the first half when Lexi Buckley banked in a 3-pointer from just right of the top of the key.

Lyons threw the ball away a couple times and Gophers took advantage , running off seven-unanswered points, tying the match at 23 with 27 seconds left in the first half. Ja’Teria Wells hit an eight-foot shot with eight seconds left to give the Lions a 25-23 lead at the intermission.

As the third quarter got underway, Lyons went up be five, as Ryenn Smith dropped in a bucket and Wells hit the second of two foul shots. The Gophers came back to cut the margin to four points, as the Lions held on to a 32-28 lead to end the third period.

With 7:31 left in the game, Shields dropped in a her second triple of the night, extending the Lions’ lead to seven. Pavilion staged a honorable come back as they drew within three points twice at 35-32 and 37-34 . Bri Scott hit the first of two fouls shots with 3:02 left to play, giving the Lions a 41-34 lead, before finishing up with the 48-37 victory.

“We switched up our defense to our man-to-man at halftime and I think that really helped,” said Shields. “We stopped Tallo (Danielle) from scoring and I think that really helped us to win.”

“We tried a gimmick defense early on and went with a diamond and one on Tallo, who had been filling their stat sheets,” said Lyons coach Eric Kuhn. “We did a good job on her, but they made a lot of good jump shots from girls we didn’t expect to score that much.”

Lyons held the Pavilion senior to just one 3-pointer on the night, as she had been averaging over 14 points a game this season.

Leading Lyons on the night was Shields with 19 points (two 3-pointers), four blocks, 11 rebounds and two steals and teammate Buckley cashed in two triples on route to 10 points.
Erin Cleveland netted 15 points for Pavilion.

The Lions with now face No. 2 Perry at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Gates-Chili High School in the Section 5 Class C2 final.