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EDDYVILLE – Lyon County Lyons closed the 2021 schedule and started the new year with a Fifth District home game against the Crittenden County Rockets at the Jason White Gymnasium. The Lyonnais were unruly hosts and blew up the Rockets 79-41 with their 2-2-1 all-field pressure defense and quick offensive attack being too much for the Rockets.

At the dawn of the new year, the Lyonnais had lost three of their last five games. The half-field defense was lacking and was the main cause of Lyon’s problems at the start of the season. The Lyonnais had allowed their opponents 75 points per game for the season, and in the three recent losses their opponent has killed them with 10 or more 3-point buckets from long distance. Against the Rockets, Lyon’s perimeter defense improved a lot as they only allowed three 3 points and 41 points for the match.

The Lyonnais came out of the gate with the pedal to the metal on a 10-0 run and scored layup after layup following the Rocket’s turnovers for 18 quick points in the first five minutes of action. The Lyonnais took a 30-8 lead at the end of the first quarter of play behind second-year guard Brady Shoulders’ exceptional defensive play. Shoulders flew after steal to set the tone for Lyon’s best defensive outing of the season.

Lyon County opened the second quarter with another quick 10-0 run to extend their lead to 40-8. Lyon’s all-field pressure defense wreaked havoc for the Rockets throughout the first half and allowed the Lyonnais to extend their lead to 55-21 at the break. Second-year guard Travis Perry scored 18 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to lead Lyon.

The pace of the game slowed considerably in the third quarter as the Lyonnais outscored the Rockets 14-7 to extend their lead to 41 points, 69-28.

The leniency rule was implemented with a running clock and both teams played the reserves for the majority of the final quarter.

Lyon’s altruistic play resulted in a very balanced attack with four players scoring in double digits.

Perry had 20, Jackson Shoulders contributed 16, Brady Shoulders and Jack Reddick each added 12 points to Lyon’s ledger.

Trace Derrington led the Rockets with eight points.

Department of Lyon 79, Department of Crittenden 8 41

Lyon (79) – Perry 20, J. Shoulders 16, B. Shoulders 12, Reddick 12, Whalin 3, Gilbert 4, Kirk 4, Radivonyk 4, Burchett 2, Cissel 2. Record: 6-4

Crittenden County (41) – Derrington 8, Champion 5, Conyer 5, Guess 5, Morgeson 2, Beverly 4, Davidson 4, Cooksey 4, Adamson 3, Sharp 1. Record: 6-5


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