Press Release from Lyon College Athletics
#19 Lyon 72, Williams Baptist 39 (Women)
The 19th-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team ran its winning streak up to eight games as the Scots defeated Williams Baptist, 72-39, in American Midwest Conference play on Thursday night. Lyon improved to 20-3 (16-2 AMC), while WBU fell to 14-9 (10-8 AMC).
Lyon broke the game open with a big first half against the Eagles as a three-pointer by Liz Henderson at the 6:37 mark in the first quarter gave the Scots a 10-2 lead. The Lady Eagles managed to pull back within four, but a three-point play by Katie Turner followed by a jumper by Lizzie Allgood gave the Scots a 15-6 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter was a similar story for the Scots as Lyon opened up the period with a 14-0 run to extend its lead to 29-6. The Scots continued to hold a 20-plus point advantage the rest of the quarter as a pair of free throws by Madison Riley gave Lyon a 37-12 lead at halftime.
A three-pointer by Ali Tucker, followed by a jumper by Samantha French pushed the Scots’ lead over 30 points in the opening minutes of the third quarter. The Lady Eagles hung with the Scots in the third period and cut the deficit to 51-29 just before the end of the quarter on a three-pointer by Katlyn Ferguson.
The Scots put the Lady Eagles away for good midway through the final quarter as a bucket by Turner opened up a 10-0 run that put the Scots ahead, 63-32. The Scots’ lead hovered around 30 points the rest of the way as they cruised to a 72-39 victory.
Turner led the way for the Scots with a game-high 17 points, while Henderson and Riley chipped in 14 and 10 points, respectively. Kelsey Abney led the Lady Eagles with 12 points in the game.
The Scots will return home to Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday as they host No. 1 Freed-Hardeman in their Play4Kay game. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 1 p.m.
Lyon 79, Williams Baptist 72 (Men)
The Lyon College men’s basketball team and Williams Baptist battled back-and-forth in a see-saw affair on Thursday night in the Southerland-Mabee Center. After a three-pointer by Emir Sabic gave the Scots a 49-47 advantage with 12:16 left in the second half, Lyon held the lead the rest of the way and picked up a 79-72 win over the Eagles. With the win, Lyon improved to 14-10 (8-8 American Midwest Conference), while WBU fell to 8-14 (5-12 AMC).
The Eagles struck first against the Scots and took an 11-3 lead over Lyon five minutes into the game on a layup by Andrew Littleton. The Scots answered back with back-to-back three-pointers by Fairs Verlasevic and Sabic, followed by a tip-in by Blake Bradshaw to trim the deficit to four just three minutes later.
WBU went on another run to extend its lead to seven, only to see the Scots chip away once again. Sabic headlined the comeback with seven of the next nine points for the Scots to tie the game at 22-22 with just over seven minutes left in the first half. The two teams exchanged runs the rest of the half as WBU took a 38-33 lead into the half.
After a three-pointer by Verlasevic tied the game at 38-38, the two teams kept things close over the next eight minutes as neither side led by more than three points. A bucket each by Moses and Ray Price broke that streak as Lyon went up by six with just over 10 minutes remaining. Lyon extended its lead to seven points just a minute later and answered shot-for-shot with the Eagles the rest of the way to pick up the win.
Sabic and Bradshaw paced the Scots with a game-high 23 points each. Moses added 16 points, while Verlasevic chipped in 11. Travon Cobb finished with a team-high 20 points for the Eagles.
The Scots will return home to Becknell Gymnasium on Saturday as they host Freed-Hardeman in their Play4Kay game. Tip-off for Saturday’s game is set for 3 p.m.