HANNIBAL, Mo. — After a premature ending to the 2019-20 season and a delayed start to the 2020-21 campaign, the 23rd-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team finally returned to action on Thursday night. Senior Jade Giron scored a career-high 33 points to help the Scots (1-0, 1-0 AMC) earn a 68-52 win at Hannibal-LaGrange (1-6, 0-1 AMC).
Giron’s 33 points were four shy of tying K.K. Hodges’ single-game record of 37, which she scored for the Scots on Feb. 9, 2008.
Giron found her groove right from the opening tip as she scored five of the Scots’ first seven points of the game. Later in the quarter, Giron connected on a three-pointer that gave Lyon a 15-5 lead with 3:21 left in the period. HLGU managed to cut the deficit to single-digits as a jumper by Emma Anderson put the score at 17-11 in favor of Lyon after the first quarter.
A three-pointer by Mari-Hanna Newsom opened up a 9-0 run for the Scots midway through the second quarter as Giron connected on three straight buckets during the stretch. The Scots held onto a double-digit lead the rest of the quarter and led 36-26 at the half.
HLGU pulled back within six points at the 5:09 mark of the third quarter but a pair of free throws by Blysse Harmon and another three by Newsom pushed the Scots lead back to double-digits.
The Scots’ lead grew to as many as 19 during the fourth quarter as a jumper by Haley Wesley gave Lyon a 59-40 advantage. The Lady Trojans attempted one final comeback and pulled back within nine with 1:25 remaining, but Giron put the game out of reach as she scored the final seven points of the contest.
Freshmen Newsom and Paige Kelley also finished in double figures scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
Scots start fast and cruise past Trojans, 75-50
The Lyon College men’s basketball team started out on a 6-0 run and pushed its lead to double-digits within the first five minutes of the game as the Scots cruised to a 75-50 American Midwest Conference victory at Hannibal-LaGrange.
The Scots improved to 1-2 (1-0 AMC), while HLGU fell to 1-8 (0-1 AMC).
Lyon led, 17-5, just five minutes into the game following a three-pointer by Grant Patterson before a four-point play by David Brown cut the lead to eight for the Scots. That would be the last time the Scots’ lead would be in single-digits the rest of the way, however. Ray Price answered with a three-pointer that pushed the lead back to double-digits.
Lyon extended its lead to 39-19 late in the first half after a layup by Zalek Sharp as the Scots took a 43-34 advantage into halftime.
Cole Anderson opened up an 8-0 run for the Scots to start the second half before Lyon took its largest lead of the game at 61-31 following a three-pointer by Sharp just moments later. Lyon cruised the rest of the way and earned a 25-point win in their first conference game of the season.
Four Scots – Price (13), Faris Verlasevic (12), Winston Peace (11) and Anderson (10) – all finished in double figures scoring. The Scots had their best game of the season shooting from beyond the arc as the Scots finished 11-of-21 from three.
Lyon limited HLGU to just 34.1 percent shooting from the field and 17.6 percent from three.