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Basketball: Day good again as Dawson girls beat Lyons in MHL bout

Mustangs’ Coby Grant-Krenz scores 28 in victory for boys

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    Dawson School's Kaitlyn Day, left, gets past Lyons' Avery Joy during their Mile High League game played at Dawson School on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson School's Kaitlyn Day, center, dribbles up the court during their game against Lyons on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Avery Joy of Lyons, right, looks for some space while being defended closely during their game against Dawson School on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Lyons' Jazmyn Enny, center, handles the basketball looking for her next move against Dawson School on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    LAFAYETTE — Madison Day beats a defender on the dribble in Dawson's win over Lyons

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    Coby Grant-Krenz drives the lane against Lyons on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson's Coby Grant-Krenz with a fadeaway against Lyons on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Lyons' Harrison Abernathy, center, gets sent airborne against Dawson School on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson's Phil Geraghty on the fastbreak against Lyons on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson's Riley Burridge handles the basketball looking for his next move against Lyons on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Dawson's Tucker Mills drives the baseline against Dawson School on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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    Jordan Valente goes up on a contested look against Dawson on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Lafayette.

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LAFAYETTE — Amid the coaching carousel that has spun around senior Kaitlyn Day for the past four years, her standout play continues to be a steady force for the Dawson School Mustangs.

A four-year starter who has played for four different coaches — the latest being Matt Johnston — Day continues to prove the ever-stabilizer, and Tuesday, she added another 24 points to her resume in leading the Mustangs past Lyons 50-43 as part of a Mile High League varsity doubleheader.

“If you come together and accept the new coaches, and move into their system, you can be successful,” she said. “We’ve stuck with that concept. And we push each other to stay together and stay with the new coach.”

The senior’s latest performance was her fourth game of the season with 20 or more points.

Her career point total is now: 1,138.

“Before I got here, I heard she could really play,” Johnston said. “All the accolades, and the 30-point games she had last year, I was really looking forward to coaching her.”

Maddy Timms and Madison Day each added nine for Dawson (11-3, 6-1 2A/1A Mile High League), which stayed a game back in the loss column to Heritage Christian in the conference standings.

Avery Joy led Lyons (6-9, 3-5) with a season-high 20 points. The junior has scored 17 or more points in each of her last three games.

Down by as many as 11 in the second half, Joy’s 3 cut the deficit to 49-43 with 1:14 remaining but Lyons could get no closer. The Mustangs responded with three consecutive stops in the final minute to win for the seventh time in eight games.

Earlier, Joy scored nine straight to close the opening quarter. Slicing through the lane, the Lions’ leading scorer rattled in an off-balance shot in traffic as part of a 3-point play. Then, she planted from deep and swished consecutive 3s to push an early Lyons lead to 15-8.

Dawson’s defense tightened, however. Kaitlyn Day scored eight in the second to pull the Mustangs back even by half, and a 16-7 run out of the break put the Mustangs up 41-30 with 25 seconds left in the third.

The Mustangs will host Highland Friday night, while Lyons is at Union Colony Prep.

Grant-Krenz goes big as up-tempo Dawson beats Lyons

In the boys’ game, Coby Grant-Krenz scored 28 to lead Dawson past Lyons 68-59 for its fifth straight win.

Grant-Krenz, the classification’s third-leading scorer, hit four 3s as part of his 10 makes.

Early on, he swished from deep as the Mustangs (12-3, 7-1) started 4-of-5 from behind the arc to go up 14-5. Then he went inside, where he swiveled around defenders for acrobatic makes, and occasionally stepped back to nail sweet little fallback jumpers.

Coby — well, perhaps a bit like Kobe.

“I look to the greats as inspiration,” he said afterward. “I try to be a versatile scorer, but at the same time I try and get my teammates involved.”

Dawson coach Tobin Skenandore said he implemented an upbeat system this year to coincide with his roster’s strengths. Grant-Krenz, obviously, a beneficiary of it.

The Mustangs jumped out to a double-digit lead early in the second quarter, then saw it disappear with 14 straight points by Lyons. They built another double-digit lead by the fourth, this time holding on.

Riley Burridge added four of Dawson’s 10 3s and scored 12 in the win. Brandon Day had nine.

“This idea of what I’m trying to do is push up-tempo basketball to a system in 2A that is about half-court offenses,” Skenandore said. “I know the tools I have, so why play a system where I am caging horses in? Why not release them and have fun with it?”

Gage Basey had 17 points to lead Lyons (5-9, 3-4), while Tucker Mills had 15 and Jordan Valente had 12.

The Lions will look to snap a two-game slide at Union Colony Prep Friday. The Mustangs go for six in a row against Highland.