Lyon County High School’s girls’ basketball team has succeeded in many ways for a long time and hope to continue that tradition this year. They’ve worked hard preparing, even as COVID-19 has interrupted everyday life repeatedly.
“As to our team outlook, we have been very successful, in my opinion,” said veteran coach Jeff Doom. “The Lady Lyons have gone to the Class A state tournament four years. It’s always a goal of ours to get back there. It will be tough. We would love to get back to Richmond for a Class A state tournament again. District is very important; we want to win it. If not, we want to be runner-up. In my tenure as coach of the Lady Lyons we have only not made the regional tournament two times. Both of those were the years we won the Class A regional.”
The Lady Lyons are going to try to be a little bit more of an up tempo team.
Doom believes these girls can play fast and that they will try to push more, because they have some quickness that can beat some teams down the floor.
They also expect to be a little more up tempo on defense with full court presses, half court traps, and other tools.
“Our seniors coming back include Calista Collins, who is a strength inside, does a great job on the boards, and she’s really worked on her shot. Her midrange jumper has improved so much,” Doom explained. “We’re looking for her to do big things there and also from the free throw line, because she gets fouled a lot, and her free throw percentage is certainly going to go up this year.”
Another senior, Kentavia Matthews, has run the point for three years now. She’s quick and understands how to play the game and will be a big asset to the team, her coach said.
Senior Kaitlyn Dykes is considered more of a role player, who can “come in and battle with the bigs, if she has to,” said Doom.
The junior class includes Rose Smith, who is the team’s tallest player and leading scorer last year. She is said to have a knack for the ball and a great shot.
Tall and lanky, she can get up over players to score a basket.
Hadley Butler, another junior, is amazingly quick,” according to Doom. “She moved here from Marshall Count a couple of years ago. Her defensive IQ was out the door. That’s not something I have to teach her at all, because she came here knowing how to play defense and does a great job of it,” he noted. “She really worked hard this summer, improving her shot. This year, I really think she’s going to be an asset to our offense.”
Sophomore Grayson Wynn will run at the point, “because she has such a great eye for the ball and her teammates,” said the head coach. “She’s also an excellent outside scorer.”
Ella Defew is another sophomore, who is very athletic. She’s described as and excellent athlete and expected to contribute well.
Lily Perry is an eighth-grader with an impressive work ethic and desire to get better. “She knows the game; she’s been around a lot of basketball,” said her head coach. “She’s going to be a big help for us. She could start right now and wouldn’t miss a lick. If she doesn’t start, she’ll probably be our sixth or seventh player off the bench. She will be very impactful to our success this year at the point guard.”
Lexie Holland is a freshman guard with good offensive skills, working hard on defense as well, said Doom.
Another freshman on the varsity team this year is D.J. Merritt. She moved here last year as a middle schooler.
She’s said to be very defense-minded, quick, and physical. “We’ve spent a lot of time working with her offense,” said Doom. “Defensively, she’s going to help us a great deal. Then, we have three or four younger kids who are new to the game. We’re trying to bring them along to let them see how it is and how to play to be successful.”