Alexis Heimerl gets an open shot during the Wykons’ game at Kingsford Jan. 30. Heimerl, who stands 6-1, scored 13 points in the fourth quarter during West Iron’s come-from-behind win.
IRON RIVER—No comprehensive record book for West Iron County girls basketball exists. If there was one, it would need plenty of updating after last week.
The Wykon gals likely blasted at least two school scoring records to bits Jan. 31 during a 91-39 demolition at Stephenson.
One night before, the Wykons fell behind Kingsford by 11 points in the third quarter but outraced the Flivvers 23-8 in the fourth quarter to steal away a 62-55 win.
The two victories boost West Iron’s season record to 12-2. The Wykons are still 2-2 in West Pac Conference action—four of their last six opponents are West Pac teams.
Jan. 31 was a history-making night at Stephenson. First possible record: The Wykons’ 91 points. “After talking to Mr. Kralovec,” Coach Mike Dallavalle said, “I think it’s a girls single game record.”
West Iron scored 29 points in the second quarter—and then topped that with 37 points in the third.
That’s 4.6 points per minute, or one point every 12.3 seconds.
“I don’t ever recall—I know as long as I’ve been here—we’ve never scored that much. And I can’t imagine, 15 years ago with the speed of the game the way it was, that anybody ever scored 37 in a quarter.”
Kylee Erickson made five three-pointers in the third quarter—three of them consecutive. She hit six triples on her way to 29 points.
The Wykons made 11 threes—six by Erickson, three by Emily Aho and one each by Jaclyn Waara and Dylan Baeten, who played in the fourth quarter. “She was pretty excited,” Dallavalle said.
For the entire game, the Wykons made 27 of 47 (57%) of their two-pointers and 61% (11 of 18) of their threes. Combined, the WIC gals shot an incredible 58.5%.
Coming off an exhilarating win at Kingsford the night before, the Wykons had a good first quarter and led 14-12. “They [Stephenson] came out with a high 2-3 zone, and it took us a quarter to adjust.
“But then we just got out in transition in the second and third quarter and got a lot of high percentage lay-ups. We moved the ball well and hit open people on the three-point line
“When you’re hitting everything from outside, there’s no point in driving in for lay-ups.”
Following Erickson’s 29, Waara scored 19, Shannon Koski and Aho both added 12, and Joanna Pellizzer had 10. That may be another record: five girls scoring in double figures.
Alexis Heimerl and Koski both had 10 rebounds, and Heimerl had six blocks. Aho, Waara and Pellizzer each had three assists. For Stephenson, Gaby Cappaert led with 11, and Lexi Johnson had 10.
The night before, at Kingsford, Heimerl was the Wykons’ secret weapon in their fourth quarter rally.
She had scored four points in the first three quarters, as Kingsford focused on WIC’s other scoring threats. But in the final eight minutes, she scored 13 points and powered WIC’s 23-8 fourth quarter.
Until then, Kingsford had the upper hand. “We were struggling with their pressure,” said Dallavalle. “We got a little more aggressive in the fourth quarter. The girls stuck together.”
The first half was mostly close—the Wykons led 11-7 after one, with five points from Pellizzer. A 6-0 Kingsford run late in the second quarter boosted the Flivvers to a 25-21 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Flivvers’ Brittany Pugh torched the Wykons from behind the three-point line. She had hit two in the second quarter and made three more during a 9-2 rally put her team ahead 34-26. Later, Samantha Fleming’s three gave the Flivvers a 41-30 lead.
The Wykons trimmed the lead to seven, but Flivver free throws put them up 47-36 with seconds left in the third quarter … time enough for Waara to fire a three just before the horn. It hit twine, cutting the lead to 47-39.
“A big momentum shifter there,” Dallavalle said. “She hit that long three—it put a smile on everybody’s face and got our attitudes turned around.
“I think everybody realized we could still win the game if we played hard.”
The Wykons quickly went to work in the fourth quarter. Heimerl inside from Koski’s pass. Free throws by Waara and Heimerl—47-44. Courtney Qualley’s three and a free throw made it 51-44, but Heimerl’s two free throws and Pellizzer’s three cut the gap to two, 51-49, with 4:06 left. Koski’s driving basket and another Heimerl hoop via Koski’s feed put the Wykons ahead 53-51.
The Koski-to-Heimerl connection clicked two more times in the next minute, and Heimerl also put in a rebound, putting West Iron ahead 59-52 with 1:20 to play. Free throws wrapped up the win.
“We did a nice job getting the ball to Shannon in the middle of the court,” Dallavalle said, “and she did a nice job getting the ball to Alexis under the basket. They really didn’t have an answer for it.”
Heimerl’s 17 points led the team. Waara scored 13 (seven in the third quarter), and Pellizzer and Megan Miatech both added eight. For Kingsford, Pugh scored 15, all on threes, but the Wykons didn’t allow any other Flivver more than seven.
Heimerl (seven) and Erickson (six) led in rebounds. Both teams shot about 30% for the game, but West Iron went from 23% before halftime to 38% after.
• In their 15th game of the 20-game regular season, the Wykon girls faced L’Anse for the first time Feb. 6. The Wykons visit Forest Park on Feb. 9, and they host Hancock next Monday, Feb. 13.
Wykons 11 10 18 23 -- 62
Flivvers 7 18 22 8 -- 55
Wykons 14 29 37 11 -- 91
Eagles 12 3 10 13 -- 39