Lady Trojans open 2nd half with win over WIC
As players from both teams scrambled for position in back, Forest Park’s Abby Nylund moved in on West Iron’s Colbi Laturi during their game in the Trojans’ gym Jan. 6.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Early January basketball games are often a bit herky-jerky because teams and players are just getting acclimated into the swing of things after the holiday break.
For the Forest Park Lady Trojans, their layoff was a bit longer than most, having gone 2½ weeks without seeing another team across from them. Nevertheless, though their first performance back had its fits and starts, the Lady Trojans eventually settled in and knocked off county rival West Iron County 41-32 for their fourth straight win and sixth in their last seven games.
“I think we were just anxious to get on the floor,” said Forest Park coach Jackie Giuliani. “We couldn’t wait for a game. That’s enough practice, let’s go play.”
“Yeah, I was nervous coming in because we’ve been sore the past couple of days and out of shape and running a lot, but I think we responded really well,” said junior forward Hannah Cross. “Obviously beating West Iron is a big accomplishment after having so many days off.”
On the other hand, the Wykons (1-7) were playing their second game after the break, having lost a home game to Northland Pines three nights previously. In what has been a recurring theme during their seven-game losing streak, the Wykons just couldn’t put together a complete, balanced game.
In its loss to Northland Pines, West Iron played well offensively, scoring a season-high 55 points, but struggled defensively. Against Forest Park, the To view more, please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.
Wykons played better defensively, but shot just 12 of 45 (27 percent) and had long dry stretches in the second and fourth quarters.