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Basketball: Lyons boys figure out Duster, edge out Dawson

Enny lifts LHS girls to win

Dawson's Ethan Duster goes up for a layup as Lyons' Caden Pandolfi tries to block him during the first quarter of their matchup at Dawson on Friday night.
Dawson’s Ethan Duster goes up for a layup as Lyons’ Caden Pandolfi tries to block him during the first quarter of their matchup at Dawson on Friday night.
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LAFAYETTE — One strong quarter is sometimes all a team needs to pull out a hard-fought win in high school basketball.

That, at least, was the case when Lyons came to visit the Dawson boys on Friday night and muscled out a 57-43 win. The Mustangs and Lions matched up well for three frames, but a strong third quarter from the Lions sent them over the top in the end.

Throughout the contest, Lyons senior forward Gage Basey used his height to his advantage as he dropped 23 points and junior guard/forward Nate Richardson added 13 more. Dawson’s sharpshooting senior forward Ethan Duster combined his strengths from long range and paint play to put together a 22-point performance as sophomore guard Jackson Parker backed him up with 11 points.

“Especially after the two losses earlier this week, this win is going to boost confidence and morale,” Basey said.

Dawson utilized the energy given to it by a senior night crowd to build up an early 7-0 lead. That advantage served the Mustangs well, especially through the rest of the first quarter, to give them a slight 20-16 edge heading into the second.

That’s when Lyons (9-8 overall, 7-3 Mile High League) started to shore up its defense against Duster and shut him down. The Lions took over with a 27-24 score at the half and continued to further deny the Mustangs in the third frame.

“We finally got stops,” Basey said. “We put in the work every single practice but we were just low on energy from the two games earlier this week. We just brought energy in that third for defense.”

Dawson (5-12, 5-7) couldn’t recover after that, even though Duster reemerged in the fourth quarter to net three unanswered 3-pointers.

Dawson will now look to bounce back against Beth Eden Baptist on Monday as Lyons looks to keep the fire going at Union Colony Prep on Tuesday night.

“We’ve got a young team. I’m the only senior on this team, so I think we’re just building up and getting ready. They’ll be good next season, but confidence is what we need,” Duster said. “We started off with a rough season but we’re just building up the confidence. We’re competing at every game now.”

Lyons girls lean on Enny through victory

Brooklyn Enny has served as a beacon for Lyons girls basketball all season long, whether it’s on a fast break or simply cutting through opposing defenses to get to the basket.

On Friday night, the junior guard did all of that and more as she led her Lions (5-12, 3-5) to a 44-29 victory over Dawson with 24 points. Her strong showing, as well as strong defense from the rest of her team, helped vault the Lions to a 22-point lead in the first quarter before the Mustangs were even able to score. Gemma Powell added 11 more points to that total.

Lyons’ Brooklyn Enny runs down the court on a fast break during the Lions’ game at Dawson on Friday night.

“This is a good win considering we got killed by them earlier in our season and just going into postseason and regionals and stuff, it’s good to have a win to give us some momentum,” Enny said. “Just being able to start trusting my team and bonding together just made us play more as a team rather than individuals.”

Dawson relied on the offensive stylings of junior Annabelle Biggar and senior America Cordero, who each netted eight points and did their best to make up for the absence of three of their starters, who have been sidelined with injuries.

That nearly eight-minute drought to start the game was quite enough for Dawson as, slowly but surely, the Mustangs tightened their defense and systematically chipped away at Lyons’ lead.

Lyons will now look to extend this victory into a winning streak when it heads to Union Colony Prep on Tuesday night. The Mustangs (8-9, 3-6) will finish their regular season on the same night at Denver Christian.

“I’m definitely super proud of us because it was a rough start at first — not having our entire team is a little difficult,” Cordero said. “I think we were trying our best and trying hard for our seniors on senior night.”

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