Lyons Township High School guard Olivia Mezan (left) scored 15 points to lead the Lions past Downers Grove North 63-30 and finish off a perfect 12-0 conference schedule. | File

Last season, senior guard Olivia Mezan and her Lyons Township High School teammates nearly captured an outright West Suburban Conference Silver Division title.

But, in that abbreviated season’s final hurdle, the Lions lost at Downers Grove North on a last-second, three-point bank shot and settled for a three-way tie with the Trojans and York.

“That was a bad loss,” Mezan said. “It really hurt but I think we came back and proved that we can definitely beat any team.”  

With this season’s outright title already in hand before the conference finale on Feb. 4 at Downers Grove North, Mezan and the Lions instead made quite a statement.

They dominated the second-place Trojans 63-30 to complete a perfect 12-0 conference run and extend their winning streak to 12.

With perhaps their best quarter this season, the Lions (24-3) outscored Downers North 19-1 in the first quarter.

“We held them to one point and I think we were sharing the ball really well. We weren’t really overthinking any of our decisions,” Mezan said. “Our two main strengths are shooting threes really well and we’re really fast. I feel like tonight we really showed that.” 

Mezan scored 15 points (11 in first half) with four of the Lions’ 12 three-pointers. Junior Ally Cesarini (14 points, 11 in second half), sophomore Elin O’Brien (12 points on 4 threes), seniors Izzy Lee (7 rebounds) and Hailey Markworth (4 assists) and junior Ella Ormsby (8 points, 3 steals) also contributed.

The Lions made 12 of their first 19 shots, six of them threes, in leading 30-7. O’Brien added two more threes for a 36-12 halftime advantage.

This marked LTHS’ first WSC-Silver title in a full 12-game schedule since consecutive ones in 2015 and 2016. The Lions clinched their first outright title since 2015 at home Feb. 1 by beating Oak Park and River Forest High School 67-29 behind Lee’s career-high 26 points. 

The Lions won the back-and-forth first meeting with Downers North (21-7, 9-3 in Silver) on Dec. 17 in LaGrange 31-29 on Markworth’s basket with 7.9 seconds.

“Defensively the first game we played really well. We didn’t shoot well. This time we wanted to incorporate it all like we knew we could,” LTHS coach Meghan Hutchens said. “For them to create seven turnovers and then utilize them at the other end, that’s perfect basketball for us.”