County teams split in jr. high matchup

IRON RIVER/CRYSTAL FALLS—The first matchup between the county junior high school basketball teams this season ended in a split decision on Nov. 19 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
    West Iron nipped Forest Park in the eighth-grade game by a count of 30-29, while the Trojans defeated the Wykons 36-27 in the seventh-grade contest.
    The eighth-grade game was nip-and-tuck throughout. The teams played to a 10-all tie in the first quarter before West Iron edged in front 17-16 at halftime. Both teams scored 13 points in the second half as the Wykons held on for the win.
    West Iron’s Brayden Marcell led all scorers with 13 points. Matthew Dutcher chipped in with seven and Jensen Buth added five. Forest Park was led by Will Curtis, who tallied eight points to go with seven from Michael Saario.
    In the seventh-grade contest, the teams stood tied at 17 at halftime, but the Trojans shutdown the Wykons in the third to take a 29-17 lead and were able to keep their distance for the win.
    Felix Quevedo put together a big game for FP with 21 points, including 7 of 11 from the free throw line. Adan Brazeika added five for the Trojans. Drew Alexa paced West Iron with 13 points, while Darren Johnson contributed six.
    On Nov. 15, Forest Park dropped a pair of games at Florence. In the eighth-grade game, Florence took a 12-2 lead after the first quarter en route to its win. Sam McKissack and Devan Basirico led the Trojans with six points each.
    The Bobcats built a 25-11 halftime lead and went on to defeat FP 44-20 in the seventh-grade game. Quevedo led the Trojans with 12 points and Gaven Rintala recorded six.