Fast pace helps WIC earn first ‘W’
West Iron’s Alexis Golfis fires a shot during second-half play against North Dickinson Jan. 13. She led the Wykons to their first win with 23 points.
IRON RIVER—Prior to the start of the girls basketball season, West Iron County coach Joe Serbentas offered a clear vision of how he wanted his team to play.
With relatively short but athletic players, Serbentas drew up plans for implementing a high-paced style of play featuring full-court pressure and an up-tempo offense.
It took eight games, but the Wykons were finally able to enforce their preferred tempo on an opponent, and the result was their first win of the season, a 68-61 decision over North Dickinson in a nonconference game at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
West Iron forced 29 turnovers with its full-court man-to-man defense and scored numerous baskets in transition to post a victory that left both coach and players happy and relieved.
“It means a lot because we hadn’t been able to win yet,” said sophomore guard Emmy Kinner, who shot 7 of 10 in the second half on her way to 19 points. “Obviously winning is nice, fun.”
“Hey, when you’re working hard and you’re not seeing a lot of success with the W’s, it can wear on you,” Serbentas said. “The girls put in a lot of effort in a lot of games, but we’ve just been coming up short.”
The Nordics (4-4) were a team ripe for pressing. Their strength is in the interior, plus they lost starting guard Lexi Steele early in the game with an ankle injury.
A bit shorthanded, North Dickinson coughed up the ball 18 times in second half as the Wykons (1-7) took control of game’s pace.
“This is what we want,” Serbentas said. “I want to get it up-tempo, I want to get steals. Give kudos to our guards today. I thought