Times-Call (Longmont)

Dawson boys earn assertive victory


Lyons girls basketball can breathe a little easier after its 60-48 victory at Dawson on Wednesday night.

The Lions needed it.

Before the Lions stepped foot on the Mustangs’ court, they teetered just on the edge of the RPI bubble at No. 32, according to CHSAA’S calculatio­ns. Generally, the top 32 teams in each classifica­tion make the state tournament­s, but Class 3A operates a bit differentl­y than the bigger schools.

The squads will separate into various district tournament­s next week, and whoever wins each tournament will get an automatic bid to regionals, also known as the first round of the state tournament. The remaining bracket spots will be filled with the other top teams in the RPI rankings.

Dawson sat at No. 24 in 3A before the game began and feels prepared for whatever districts may bring.

“I feel like our energy in this game was better than any other game we’ve had in the past and I think that really carried us through,” Dawson senior Ella Stewart said. “In other games this season, we’ve struggled with scoring in the first and second quarters, but this game we kind of just used our energy and took off and I think that came from a really good warmup. Hopefully, we can take that focus and just kind of get in our own mindset and bring that to playoffs.”

Throughout the contest, two Lions split the bulk of the scoring responsibi­lity, as senior Kylee Roberts netted most of her 26 points in the first half and senior


Brooklyn Enny scored most of her 25 in the second half.

On the other side of the court, sophomore Rodas Tewelde led the charge from deep as she sunk four 3-pointers and 16 total points. Stewart trailed just behind her with 11 points and a couple of full-body blocks.

Lyons improved to 10-9 and 5-7 in the 3A/2A/1A Mile High League and Dawson fell to 9-9 and 4-6.

“We just came off some rough losses, so to get this win, I feel like we’ll have our confidence back for next week,” Enny said.

The ladies began their game with high-paced, high-intensity basketball, and Dawson kept the edge throughout the first frame thanks to the 3-point daggers that Tewelde was dropping. Only Roberts outshined her.

The Mustangs led the Lions 18-15 at the end of the first quarter before both offenses began to taper off a bit. Lyons reclaimed the lead two shots into the second frame, and both squads exchanged blows after that before Lions led, just barely, with a 29-27 score at the midway point. Roberts alone owned 18 points.

The Lions began to create a little separation for themselves midway through the third quarter via an 11-point unanswered streak and — although they closed the gap back down to four points at one point — the Mustangs couldn’t recover. Enny made sure of it.

“During halftime, we just decided we all needed to lock in and kind of change our mindset a little bit to get the win and actually carry it out,” Enny said. “In the first quarter, my shots weren’t really falling and once I got the first one, it just started coming natural.”

Unlike the

girls game, the Dawson and Lyons boys played more for district seeding when they met up on Wednesday night. Prior to the beginning of the contest, they sat at No. 40 and No. 39, respective­ly, in CHSAA’S RPI rankings.

Senior guard Tyler Burridge and junior guard Jackson Parker asserted themselves early for the Mustangs as they — almost exclusivel­y — laid a 28-12 foundation for the Mustangs going into halftime. Burridge took care of business from long range as Parker brought the pain in the paint and at the line.

Parker and Burridge finished the game with 27 and 12 points, respective­ly, as sophomore center Peter Ernst — Mr. Putback himself — added another eight. Lyons senior Nate Richardson netted 16 points to lead his boys as sophomore shooting guard Payton Bolkovatz and sophomore point guard Caleb Christians­en each added eight more.

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