LYONS, Kan. The Skyline Thunderbirds traveled to face the Lyons Lions and came away with the road win 55 to 50.
Skyline Thunderbird #10 Sam Fisher dribbles towards the lane. The Skyline Thunderbirds took on the Lyons Lions at Lyons High School in Lyons, Kansas on December 18, 2018. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)
The Class 1A Thunderbirds brought their perfect record into the Lyons gym. They jumped out to a five point lead early in the first quarter.
Lyons then battled back and tied the game at nine each off of back-to-back three pointers.
Skyline put in a basket with a couple seconds left in the quarter to take back the lead 17 to 16.
The second quarter saw Skyline hold their lead. It also saw physical play as at least four player control fouls were called. In all both teams combined for 20 fouls in the first half.
The teams would also trade three point baskets. At times one after the other on each end of the floor. Lyons would end the night with nine three-pointers, Skyline sank four.
After halftime, Skyline extended their lead to a game high seven points to end the third quarter.
The fourth quarter contained the most drama of the evening. Lyons battled back and took a two point lead with close to three minutes left in the game. Both teams would trade the lead back and forth.
With under a minute to go and the Thunderbirds up by one, Lyons' Aaron Gomez committed a player control foul. The Lions then fouled Skyline's Sam Fisher on the resulting inbounds play. Fisher went to the line for a one-and-one and made both foul shots extending the Thunderbird lead to three.
The lead would extend to five and then Lyons made it three after a layup with 2.4 seconds left on the clock. On the inbounds play, a Lion was called for an intentional foul. Skyline rebuilt the lead to five from foul shots.
The Thunderbirds continued their perfect record winning the game 55 to 50.
Both teams shot 50% from the free throw line. Lyons hit five of ten while Skyline made 11 of 22 free throws.
Lyons' Connor Minix led all scorers with 25 points on the night. 21 of his points came from seven made three-pointers. For Skyline, Cade Swonger lead his team with 15 points. Steve Fisher scored 11 and Sam Fisher tallied 10.
"We've been watching Lyons on film for three weeks now. I was really impressed with them, " said Skyline Head Coach Kenny Eddy. "We like a physical game. This is the game we wanted. We scheduled this game to get us better and get us ready for sub-state."
Skyline improves to 7 and 0 on the season.
Lyons falls to 2 and 4.