IRON RIVER—West Iron’s boys are off and running in 2012.
Led by Kahrie Beaudrie’s 20 points, the Wykons defeated North Dickinson 62-44 in the Nordics’ gym Jan. 2, their only game last week.
The Wykons are now 6-1 overall and remain 2-0 against West Pac Conference foes.
Beaudrie had the hot hand against the Nordics, striking for 10 points in the first quarter, including a pair of three-pointers. He had 14 in the first half, and Coach Dan Schive said his teammates adjusted their game to get the ball to the big junior.
So far this season, Beaudrie hadn’t really gone off on offense, but his defensive stats have been consistently impressive, and he didn’t neglect his D duties at ND: He was credited with 14 rebounds and eight blocks.
His 10 points in the first quarter boosted West Iron to an 18-12 lead that they built to 30-23 at halftime. Adam Newby scored five in the second quarter, and Beaudrie had four.
“He was on fire,” Schive said. “He didn’t get as many opportunities in the second half, because we got to spread the ball a little more.” The Nordics started putting two or three men on Beaudrie. “We just swung the ball around and got easy shots.”
When Beaudrie wasn’t attacking, Caleb Pellizzer was. He finished the night with 11 points and 11 rebounds, plus four assists and two blocks.
Pellizzer scored five in the third quarter, as West Iron expanded its lead to 49-34. Newby and Austin Waara both had four in the third, helping the Wykons put 19 on the board. The Nordics’ Cory Johnson got hot in the third, scoring eight of his team-high 14 points.
“We played good defense,” Schive said, “but we didn’t get back fast enough all the time. They recognized it—we talked about it on the bus on the way home. I bet we gave up five, six easy baskets because of not getting back.”
“When we’re fully up-tempo, we get back pretty fast. But when the game slows down a little bit, then we struggle.”
The Wykons got nine points from Newby and six each from Ryan Richard and Tyler Stafford. All nine Wykons contributed to the point total. For the Nordics, Johnson led with 14, Ken Pekarek scored seven and Dominic Christian and Cody Berg both scored six.
Boosted by 14 rebounds from Beaudrie, 11 from Pellizzer and six from Richard, the Wykons finished with 44 boards. Six different players had assists, four had blocks and four had steals.
“Everybody contributes,” said Schive. “Everybody’s doing their job.”
• With games on Dec. 22, Dec. 29 and Jan. 2, the Wykons didn’t get much time off over the holidays. After visiting ND, they had eight days to get ready for the start of a four-game home stand against Florence Jan. 10. “It’s a good time for us to get a week off,” the coach said, “to get everybody’s legs fresh and go back to work on some of the little things again.”
Following the Bobcats to town are Calumet on Jan. 13, Houghton on Jan. 16 and Forest Park on Jan. 19.
Wykons 18 12 19 13 -- 62
Nordics 12 11 11 10 -- 49