In varsity-only action on Monday night, the Lyon County Lady Lyons once again had a big uplifting game from freshman guard and catalyst Cathryn Brown in the first three quarters, but one turn at the end of the quarter changed everything, as Brown left the game with an ankle injury and didn't return.
An 11-point Lyon County lead in the fourth was suddenly gone, as Hickman County dominated late and pulled off a 49-48 win, after a free throw from Leigh Ann Jones (18 points to lead all scorers) won the game in the final seconds.
The Lady Falcons would outscore the Lady Lyons 20-8 in the final eight minutes to erase the 11-point deficit.
Hickman County (14-9) had won two straight, against Fulton County and Paducah Tilghman, while Lyon County went 2-0 at home the week before with wins against Ballard Memorial and UHA at the Akridge Ace Hardware Shootout.
The Lady Lyons (12-14) just missed getting back to the .500 mark that would have won them their third straight game, marking their third three-game winning streak this season.
However, it wouldn't be Lyon County's night, and there were much bigger concerns than a simple mid-February basketball game once Brown went down.
Rose Smith scored 16 points to lead Lyon County, Calista Collins added 10 points with Brown to get into double figures and Gracen Wynn scored five, while Ella Defew nearly had a double-digit rebounding night with nine boards.
"We try to make passes that aren't there," head coach Jeff Doom said. "We're thinking before, instead of reading. We had a couple of times that we had easy layups on the backside, but we'd wait too long to pass the ball or they would get a steal. We threw it away too much and we knew that. We'll move on and see if we can't get better.
"They were pressing us with the same press that Union County used against us that caused so much trouble, but they handled it really well and we came out of it. It was good to see Rose Smith come back and play better and stronger. It was hard to finish off the game the way we were. They made adjustments, their coach did a good job making adjustments and we're not good making adjustments on the fly with our defense and then, our offense got in way too much of a hurry. When we moved the ball and got it into the middle of the floor, good things happened."
A Collins putback opened up the scoring just 20 seconds in after a quick start off the opening tip, and a Rose Smith bucket (six points from Smith in the first half) in transition coming back from her recent rest would give them their largest lead of the first quarter at 4-1.
Hickman would go back and fourth to take its first lead at 5-4 midway through the first and another lead at 8-6 on a triple by Rancey Skaggs, who played as well as anyone for the Falcons.
Brown's coast to coast finish to tie the game at 8-8 would be the early highlight for Lyon, but numerous turnovers inside kept Lyon from pulling away in the early going, and Hickman County would go on to make two triples in the first frame to take a three-point lead before Brown tied it at 11-11 after one.
Jones kept Hickman County in front until DeFew would regain the lead for the Lady Lyons at 15-13 midway through the second period.
Wynn and Sutton gave Lyon County its biggest lead of the game thus far at five, as they got into the bonus with 3:34 to go in the half.
Jones would lead the Lady Falcons on a 5-0 run, and right on cue, Brown's second triple of the night and a beauty of a feed to Collins inside halted Hickman momentum to put Lyon County up front 24-22 heading to the half.
Lyon County was just 3-for-6 from the charity stripe in the first half, but found its way to a narrow lead regardless.
Lyon County would get its largest lead yet at six points when Brown finished her 10th point of the evening to get into double figures with 5:30 to play in the third quarter before Smith bounced one off the iron and in to keep an 8-0 run alive at 30-22.
Skaggs cut the bleeding short for Hickman on her second 3-pointer, with the Lady Falcons getting within as close as five in the frame, but Smith was a flamethrower for Lyon, with a runner falling through for her eighth point of the quarter to hold Lyon County's advantage at four possessions at 40-29 over Hickman County heading to the fourth after an and-2 from Collins.
Collins and Smith scored 14 of the Lady Lyons' 16 points in the frame as they dominated Hickman County with a 16-7 quarter.
However, Lyon's solid third quarter came with a price.
With 10 points, four assists and four rebounds, Brown would leave the game with a left ankle injury in the final seconds of the third quarter and would not return.
Lyon County's double-digit lead would dwindle down to six points with six minutes remaining, and a full-court press would draw Hickman County within just two points before Defew stopped an 8-0 run and a scoreless three minutes midway through the fourth.
As the Lady Lyons looked to regroup without Brown, Hickman County would come all the way back to tie the game at 44-44 off a 15-4 Lady Falcon run with three minutes to go.
Hickman County took its first lead since it was 11-8 with 90 seconds to play, and though Smith tied it, Jones answered at 48-46 for Hickman County. The Lady Lyons would have six turnovers in the contest, limiting their shot attempts though their fourth quarter field goal percentage was solid.
Wynn tied it at 48-48 in the final 20 seconds to send it down to the wire, but Jones was fouled inside with 2.3 seconds left, making good on one to pull away at 49-48 in Eddyville.
Lyon County (12-14) would return to the court Friday at Union County.
Perry, Lyons pick up win over Storm
The Lyon County Lyons (17-9) would earn their 17th victory of the season with a 67-60 outlasting win over Hopkins County Central on Tuesday night in Eddyville.
Travis Perry went off for a game-high 26 points, Jackson Shoulders scored 15 and Gunnar Bingham put up 11 points to become the third Lyon in double figures.
Brady Shoulders added six points for the Lyons, with Nick Whalin and Jack Reddick (a triple) each adding three points apiece.
Sam Almon went for 17 points and Blasin Moore added 15 for the Hopkins County Central Storm (7-18), who lost to Caldwell County 24 hours prior to this game at Jason White Gymnasium.
The Lyons are playing their best basketball of the season right now a week after winning their first game at Webster County in over a decade. Lyon County has now won three straight and seven of its last eight (the lone loss to Calloway County without Perry).
The Lyons would hold Hopkins County Central to six points in the first eight minutes, as six points from Shoulders had them up 13-6 after one.
The Lyons would get 11 from Perry in a big second quarter, as Lyon County took its seven-point lead and added to it at 32-23 heading to halftime.
Hopkins County Central would score 17 points in the second quarter, but the Lyons never trailed the rest of the way.
Perry added seven points in the third frame, as the Lyons took an 11-point lead heading to the fourth quarter despite eight points from Moore in the quarter for the Storm to keep them alive.
Almon would get nine points from behind the 3-point arc to cut into the deficit for the Storm in the fourth, but the Lyons would survive Hopkins County Central's highest scoring frame yet of 22 points on the way to a seven-point triumph thanks to six clutch points from Bingham.
The Lyons are at Union County on Friday night at 7:30 p.m. before finishing out the regular season next week on the road at St. Mary and at Hopkins County Central.