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Written by Peter Nocerini   
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:20 PM

IRON RIVER—Three wins in four days. Last week was the West Iron girls’ most intense part of the season—and a big success.
The Wykons won 50-28 at Hancock on Feb. 11; 47-40 at Westwood on Feb. 12; and 68-54 over Calumet at home on Feb. 14.
“That was a great week for these girls,” Coach Mike Dallavalle said after the Calumet game.
They have now improved to 9-9 for the season and 3-4 in West Pac Conference play. This week, they finish the regular season and get ready for the District 95 tournament in Iron Mountain, which starts Feb. 25.
At Hancock: Megan Miatech led the West Iron offense against a young Bulldog squad, scoring 22 points, with nine baskets.
“She showed some touch around the basket,” said her coach, noting several layups. Miatech also led West Iron with 13 rebounds.
West Iron led 11-6 after one quarter and built up a 26-10 halftime lead. Emilie Christensen and Kylee Erickson both scored eight for the Wykons.
“Hancock’s a young team. They played hard—we’re just a little more experienced with a lot more size.”
Numbers: WIC team: 19-63 (30%) FG, 1-11 (9%) 3’s, 11-21 (52%) FT; 50 rebounds, 12 turnovers. Hancock team: 10-51 (20%) FG, 1-13 (8%) 3’s, 7-13 (54%) FT; 42 rebounds; 22 turnovers.
WIC stats: Megan Miatech, 22 points, 13 rebs; Emilie Christensen, 8 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts; Kylee Erickson, 8 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts, 4 steals; Cassilyn Pellizzer, 6 rebs. Hancock stats: Molly Berg, 9 pts.
Wykons        11    16    14    9    --    50
Bulldogs        6    4    4    14    --    28
At Westwood: This was a close one. The Wykons’ early lead was down to two points at halftime, but they held on, making the most of their size advantage in the second half against a quick, physical Patriots squad.
This time, Christensen led the team with 21 points, and Miatech pitched in with 13. They combined for 18 rebounds, and the entire team shot 40% from the floor.
Westwood cut the lead to four with three minutes left. “It was nice to see us gather ourselves and finish a game instead of giving up the lead,” Dallavalle noted.
Numbers: WIC team: 18-45 (40%) FG, 4-12 (33%) 3’s, 7-15 (47%) FT; 36 rebs, 15 turnovers. Westwood team: 14-45 (31%) FG, 4-11 (36%) 3’s, 8-11 (73%) FT; 31 rebs, 15 turnovers.
WIC stats: Christensen, 21 pts, 8 rebs; Miatech, 13 pts, 10 rebs, 3 stls; Erickson, 9 pts, 3x3, 5 asts; Alexis Golfis, 3 asts, 3 stls. Westwood stats: Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren, 14 pts, 2x3; Katie Rankinen, 13 pts, 2x3. 
Wykons        10    9    12    16    --    47
Patriots        4    13    10    13    --    40
Vs. Calumet: WIC’s game of the week, as the Wykons and Copper Kings traded the lead 10 times in the first half. Calumet’s Kristy Lasanen scored 10 in the first quarter and Lexie Rowe added nine in the second.
As the half ended, Christensen’s bucket put West Iron back ahead 33-32—and the lead never changed again.
The Copper Kings came close, getting within one point in the third quarter, but Christensen scored six straight off passes from Miatech, Erickson and Alexis Golfis for a 45-38 lead. Early in the fourth, Sierra Rasmussen’s baskets sandwiched two Erickson free throws to make it an 11-point margin.
After yielding three Calumet three-pointers in the first quarter, WIC only conceded one in the final three. “We talked about it at halftime,” Dallavalle said.
Right size: Again, the Wykons made the most of their size advantage. “Not only that,” Dallavalle said, “but our guards made great post passes.”
Calumet’s tough, physical play didn’t throw West Iron off its game. Christensen had 18 points in the first half and led her team with 26, while Erickson scored 16 and Golfis added 10.
The team’s post players—Christensen, Miatech and Rasmissen—are all stepping up their game late in the season. “If they can stay focused under there,” said Dallavalle, “I think we’re going to have a good tournament.”
Numbers: WIC team: 24-55 (44%) FG, 4-9 (44%) 3’s, 16-27 (59%) FT. Calumet: 18-56 (32%) FG, 5-17 (29%) 3’s, 13-20 (65%) FT.
WIC stats: Christensen, 26 pts, 6 rebs; Erickson, 16 pts, 2x3, 4 rebs, 3 asts, 2 stls; Golfis, 10 pts, 2x3, 4 rebs, 2 asts; Miatech, 9 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts. Calumet stats: Lexie Rowe, 16 pts; Kristy Lasanen, 12 pts, 2x3; Terlyn Budreau, 10 pts.
C.Kings        15    17    10    12    --    54
Wykons        17    16    15    20    --    68
Coming up: The Wykons hosted L’Anse Feb. 18 and will meet Stephenson at home Feb. 21, in a game rescheduled from Jan. 29.
The Wykons and Eagles meet again four nights later at Iron Mountain, Feb. 25, in a District 95 semifinal game.


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