IRON RIVER—For eight minutes, things went pretty well for West Iron County’s girls team in its basketball season opener at Hancock Dec 3.
And then . . . the Bulldogs started hitting some shots while West Iron struggled from the floor, eventually losing to Hancock 48-39 in the season opener for both teams. It was WIC’s only game last week.
New Coach Joe Serbentas said the Wykons got off to a fast start, pressed after baskets, pushed the tempo and earned an early 8-4 lead. They led 13-10 after one.
Hancock countered the pressure in the second quarter, making longer passes downcourt to Bulldog teammates. More important was an 80-second span when Quincy Lorenzetti hit three 3-pointers in three shots, just like that. From being ahead by four, West Iron suddenly was down by five.
“That really gave them momentum,” Serbentas said. “I thought we had pretty good control of that first half until that girl hit those threes.” The Wykons paid close attention to Lorenzetti after that, and she didn’t score another point.
But freshman Maija Sebbas did, scoring 10 of her 16 team-high points after halftime, including several fast-break hoops. WIC struggled from the floor in the second half—no field goals in the third quarter, just three in the fourth. For the game, WIC was 22% from the floor to Hancock’s 42%.
Down by as much as 13, the Wykons rallied to within nine points in the fourth quarter but no closer. West Iron did find its way to the foul line, hitting 16 of 26 from the stripe.
Wykon senior Megan Miatech shared top scoring honors with Sebbas with 16 points. Alexis Golfis scored nine, and Cassilyn Pellizzer had seven plus 11 rebounds.
“Even though we lost,” Serbentas said, “for our first game with a lot of younger girls on the team, we didn’t do too bad.
“We have to clean up some of those defensive mistakes.” And, of course, better shooting means a lot. “You really have no room for error on defense when you only hit 20% of your shots.
“But I love the defensive intensity. We were pretty intense the whole game, and we pressed quite a bit.”
Megan Miatech, 16 pts, 1x3, 8 rebs, 1 blk; Cassilyn Pellizzer, 7 pts, 11 rebs, 3 stls; Alexis Golfis, 9 pts, 3 rebs; Syndey Mazurek, 5 pts.
Wykons 13 10 4 12 -- 39
Bulldogs 10 17 9 12 -- 48
• The Wykons open their home season Dec. 10 against Iron Mountain and will host Calumet on Dec. 12. They travel to Norway on Dec. 16.