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LWC Women's Basketball season ends after loss to Lyon

By Kyle Jackson

Alexandria, LA - The No. 11 Lindsey Wilson women's basketball team saw their season come to an end after a 60-57 loss to No. 18 Lyon (Ark.) in the championship game of the Alexandria Bracket B in the NAIA Tournament Opening Round.

Two Blue Raiders put away double figures in today's loss, led by Reagan Turner who corralled 20 points, going 8-20 from the field and 1-4 beyond the arc along with six rebounds. Sydnie Hall added 18 points, going 4-6 from the three-point line. Bree Glover, who had only five points in today's game, collected 12 rebounds for the Blue Raiders and went 5-6 from the free-throw line.

For Lyon, two Scots recorded a double-double on the afternoon with Jade Giron scoring 20 points and collecting ten rebounds in addition to Paige Kelley's 19 points and 11 rebounds. Katie Turner put away 11 points to be the third Scot to record double-digit points on the afternoon.

As a team, Lindsey Wilson shot 19 of 58 going 32.7 percent on the floor in the match compared to Lyon's 20 of 54 and 37 percent shooting on the day. The Blue Raiders were dominant from beyond the arc going 7 of 16 and 43.7 percent to Lyon's 3 of 12 and 25 percent. The Blue Raiders managed 13 points off 14 Scot turnovers in the game, but Lyon's 20 points in the paint proved to be too much for the Blue Raider defense to stop.

Lindsey Wilson got off to a 7-0 scoring run to begin the game and seemed confident on offense to start things off. Hall knocked down a couple of three-pointers to give the Blue Raiders a 20-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Into the second quarter, Lyon began to find some faults in the Blue Raider defense with Giron putting away a couple of free throws after a three from Blysse Harmon to cut the Blue Raider lead to only three points with two minutes left. Glover locked down the defense at the end of the quarter, however, blocking two consecutive shots to protect a 30-24 lead at the half for the Blue Raiders.

Giron and Lyon came out of the halftime break with energy, knocking down a three-pointer and another three-point play from Kelley to take their first lead of the day at 39-38. Hall restored the lead for the Blue Raiders right after with a nice layup for 40-39. The lead bounced back and forth between the two teams for a while before Giron put away a couple of free throws at the end of the quarter and put Lyon ahead at 43-41. The Scots outscored the Blue Raiders 19-11 in the third quarter, their most productive quarter of the afternoon.

Lyon did not slow down into the fourth quarter with Turner putting away an early layup for the 45-41 lead and Lindsey Wilson was beginning to see the game slip away. Hall was not about to give up, knocking down her third three-point shot to bring Lindsey Wilson within a point of the Scots at 55-54. Hall shot her biggest three-point shot of the game moments later to tie the game at 57-57 with 27 seconds left on the clock. Turner for Lyon had the last laugh of the afternoon, however, as she scored the final bucket and foul with 4.2 seconds left on the clock to win the game for Lyon, 60-57.

Lindsey Wilson finishes the 2020 season with a 19-6 overall record and 13-4 conference record.

This story was posted on 2021-03-13 16:08:41
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