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  • Lyons' Hope Kincaid, right, looks to pass while being defended...

    Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer TIMES-CALL

    Lyons' Hope Kincaid, right, looks to pass while being defended by Heritage Christian's Catherine Lacey on Thursday.

  • Lyons' Kylee Udovich drives past Heritage Christian's Sarah Collins and...

    Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer TIMES-CALL

    Lyons' Kylee Udovich drives past Heritage Christian's Sarah Collins and Kali Siemers on Thursday.



LYONS — The Heritage Christian Eagles came into Thursday undefeated and ranked No. 8 in the CHSAA Class 2A girls basketball polls. Facing a Lyons Lions team with a 6-3 record and 2-0 mark in the Mile High conference, they showed no signs of overlooking their opponent. Heritage Christian held the Lyons to a season-low 20 points and won 48-20.

The Lions missed some layups early that helped the Eagle take the lead. Those misses also put pressure on the offense as the lead started to grow during the game.

“It was almost the same story as last year for us,” Lyons coach Marcus Richardson said. “We had a good game plan in place, we got the opportunities we wanted, but we couldn’t finish around the basket. We had four or five layups we missed, and against a good team like (Heritage Christian), you have to make those count.”

Avery Joy and Kylee Udovich each scored in the first quarter to keep the Lions close with the Eagles 9-7 while leading scorer Jazmyn Enny sat with early foul trouble. Richardson put Enny back on the floor in the second quarter and had her using a screen to find some space to drive to the rim. The screens opened up the floor for her, but the layups would not drop steadily.

On the other end, Heritage Christian used a similar style of offense with high ball screens to let their guards find a way to drive to the rim. They were able to make most of their layups, and when they missed, offensive rebounds led to second chance points in the paint or on the kick out pass for 3-pointers. The Eagles outscored the Lions 19-7 in the second quarter to lead 28-14 at the half.

Enny and Udovich tried getting some shots from the outside and forced the issue on offense, but the shots continued to miss the mark, preventing them from getting back in the game early in the second half.

“We got a little down on ourselves and couldn’t quite recover from that the rest of the night,” Richardson said. “Defensively, (Heritage Christian) is difficult and puts a lot of pressure on you. They would let us drive left to the basket, but we just couldn’t convert.”

Kali Siemers scored 12 points in three quarters before fouling out and Sarah Collins hit three shots from the 3-point line to finish with 11 for the Eagles. All eight players scored for Heritage Christian and allowed only four players to score for Lyons. Joy led the Lions with seven while Enny had six.

“I’m always proud of their effort,” Richardson said. “We just didn’t quite execute at a high enough level to compete with (Heritage Christian) tonight.”

The Lions drop to 6-4 overall and 2-1 in the Mile High conference with the loss. For Richardson, he plans to use the loss as a lesson for his young team continuing to push forward in league play next week.

“To get to the next level, like where Heritage Christian is, you have to pay a little more attention to the details in everything that you do,” Richardson said. “That was the difference tonight. Heritage Christian pays attention to the details and executes night in and night out.”

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Heritage Christian 65, Lyons 51

At Lyons High School

Heritage Christian (8-2, 2-1)

Josiah Bowsher 9 6-8 26, Keaton Case 4 6-9 14, Austin Brown 2 4-8 8, Jaden Johnson 1 4-6 6, Levi Friedrich 1 2-5 4, -Garrett Gonzalez 1 1-2 3, Seth Bruxvoort 1 0-0 2, Isaac Bluth 1 0-0 2.

Lyons 2-8 (1-2)

Finn Basey 5 2-5 12, Franklyn Dorschel 5 1-2 12, Colton Jonjak-Plahn 3 2-3 8, Logan Farner 2 2-3 7, Tristan Chavez 1 2-2 5, Andrew Booth 1 1-2 4, Aidan Christiansen 1 0-0 2, Gage Basey 1 0-0 2.

Score by quarters:

Heritage Christian (8-2, 2-1) 14 16 15 20 — 65

Lyons (2-8, 1-2) 6 10 19 16 — 51

3-point field goals — Heritage Christian(2): Bowsher 2; Lyons(3): Chavez, Booth, Farner. Total fouls — Heritage Christian 14, Lyons 26. Fouled out — Christiansen, Basey.