Onion lends a hand in supporting role
Lyons Township's Connor Onion
Lyons seniors such as Connor Onion, Robert Palmer and Gabe Fisher spent their time on the bench this season, but got a second chance in the postseason.
Palmer, a 6-foot-3 forward, rarely played in the first half of the season, but found a regular starting position in the second half. He dislocated his pinky in his right hand in the third quarter of Lions’ Class 4A York Regional quarterfinal win over Willowbrook and was taken to the hospital after the game.
The 6-foot-9 Fisher scored only two points in the 67-56 victory over the Warriors, but helped give a breather to 6-3 starting center Christopher O’Reilly, who finished with 13 points and five rebounds.
Perhaps the most unheralded senior was guard Connor Onion, a starting safety for Lyons’ playoff football team in the fall. Onion does not compete in a spring sport.
He came off the bench against Willowbrook and matched his season high of nine points on 3-of-8 shooting. He scored two points in the first half and made a 3-pointer to end the third quarter with 18 seconds remaining. That basket gave Lyons a 49-36 lead.
“I felt good in the shootaround and carried that into the game,” Onion said.
One of the highlights of Onion’s final season was Jan. 12, when Lyons played Prospect at the United Center before a Bulls game. Onion said that while he didn’t get to meet Derrick Rose, he was pleased to just see him outside a locker room.
“We got a good win by 30 (actually 65-36), and we wanted to carry that momentum in the second half (of the season),” Onion said.