Press Release from Lyon Athletics
BATESVILLE, Ark. – After the 19th-ranked Lyon College women’s basketball team defeated No. 1 Freed-Hardeman, 65-56, on Jan. 22, the two teams met again in a highly anticipated rematch on Saturday inside Becknell Gymnasium. The game was part of the Play4Kay initiative, helping raise breast cancer awareness. The Scots and Lady Lions kept the game close all throughout, but in the end, it was FHU who came out victorious the second time around, 59-54. FHU moved to 23-2 (17-2 American Midwest Conference) after the win, while Lyon dropped to 20-4 (16-3 AMC).
Neither team could gain an advantage on the other during the opening minutes of the game as a jumper by Ali Tucker gave the Scots a 6-5 advantage with 2:34 left in the first quarter. The two teams went on to exchange three-pointers before a pair of free throws by Liz Henderson and Tucker gave Lyon a 13-8 lead.
The Scots pushed their lead to eight at the start of the second quarter after Henderson drilled a three from the top of the key. The Lady Lions responded with a 12-4 run over the next three minutes to knot the score at 20-20. FHU continued to ride its momentum and took a 26-20 lead over the Scots before Lyon ended the quarter on a 5-0 run after a bucket by Lizzie Allgood and another three by Henderson to pull back within one just before the half.
Freed-Hardeman jumped out to a 35-27 lead over the Scots five minutes into the third quarter as the Scots called a timeout. The timeout broke the momentum for the Lady Lions as Lyon was able to climb back into the game. Henderson opened up the rally with a bucket before five straight points by Samantha French cut the Scots' deficit to one at 35-34. From there, FHU began to work its offense through one of their top scorers in Haylee Croom. Croom went on to score the final seven points of the quarter for the Lady Lions as FHU extended its lead to 42-36.
The Lady Lions extended their lead to double-digits midway through the fourth quarter as the Scots attempted one final comeback. Trailing, 53-40, with 4:44 remaining, Keli Romas ignited the Scots with back-to-back layups. Madison Riley followed with back-to-back buckets of her own before Tucker drilled a three to bring the Scots back within four. The three-pointer by Tucker gave her 1,001 points for her career as she became the 20th Scot in program history to join the 1,000-Point Club. Riley then drilled a three to put the score at 57-54 in favor of the Lady Lions, but a pair of free throws by Sandrea Sylman sealed the victory for FHU.
French led the Scots offensively with a team-high 15 points, while Henderson added 13. Croom finished with a game-high 22 points for FHU.