Forming a formidable one two punch at Science Hill High School, the duo has helped the Hilltoppers compile a 28 0 record heading into today’s District 1 AAA tournament semifinal game with Daniel Boone at Viking Hall.
Science Hill is 134 9 over the past four seasons with two state runner up finishes, a Top 25 national ranking, countless trophies and numerous accolades thrown in the mix as well.
“Obviously, she’s one of the best point guards that’s ever been in East Tennessee and one of the best in the state this year,” said Science Hill coach Keith Turner. “She can do it all. She can run the team like you want a point guard to, she can shoot it, she can defend, she can score 30 or whatever. She just has a knack of when to take the shots and has just had a tremendous career.”
Don’t let this little dynamo fool you. She can get physical with the best of them.
After all, she once played quarterback in a tackle football league in Johnson City.
“She’s one tough cookie,” Lyon said.
As for the 6 foot Lyon, she is a monster in the paint, crashing the boards and blocking shots with abandon on one end and rarely taking a bad shot on the other. She posted a field goal percentage of 68 last sea son.
Lyon has already signed with Middle Tennessee State University.
“This year she’s receiving a lot more double teams and things like that,” Turner said. “She shoots a high percentage and is the leading rebounder on the team. She just gives you that inside scoring threat.”
Through countless hours of practice, Lyon and Tarter have formed quite the connection.
In their first middle school game together at Liberty Bell their team scored Air Jordan Fusion 5 72 points.
They won two AAU state championships with the Tennessee Lady Trotters.
Over the summer while playing for the Tennessee Nike Flight, they competed in a tournament in Las Vegas. It was the first airplane trip for the both of them.
Saying they are on the same page would be an understatement.
“Especially when it comes to our matchups, she knows how to get me the ball and I know when she’s driving or cutting I can toss her the ball too,” Lyon said.
Lyon’s father, Bart, is a longtime TSSAA referee and involved in various youth sports programs in the Johnson City area. Lyon also played softball, soccer, volleyball and was a cheerleader in her formative years.
“I was pretty much born into it,” Lyons said. “I’ve probably done every sport you can think of. A little bit of everything.”
“I try to play for him every day, every time I have the ball,” Tarter said. “I know that’s what he wanted me to do. I want to make him proud.”
Tarter and Lyon have certainly left an indelible Air Jordan 13s mark at the school on John Exum Parkway.
Just call them Science Hill’s version of Showtime.
“There are times during a game, you can just see them look at Nike Air Foamposite One each other,” Turner said. “They have their own little thing. As a coach you just don’t want to mess that up.”
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