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West Iron girls go hot and cold, split two

West Iron’s Emily Nelson leads the break down the court against Gwinn on Jan. 30 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium. Nelson scored a team best 13 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Modeltowners came away with a 40-32 win.

IRON RIVER—It’s no secret that the West Iron County girls basketball team has had trouble scoring this season. Through 14 games, the Wykons are averaging just 41.4 points per game and have scored in the 50s just three times (all wins).
    And while West Iron has been solid defensively, surrendering only 40.9 ppg., the margins for error shrink when a team has difficulty scoring more than 40 points per game. The importance of the offensive production was there for all to see last week when the Wykons split their two games – a win over Norway and a loss to Gwinn.
    Against the Knights on Jan. 28, West Iron pushed the pace and got plenty of transition looks and buckets in its 52-23 win at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium. Against the visiting Modeltowners on Jan. 30, the Wykons stalled again, scoring only 18 points over the final 24 minutes and dropped a 40-32 decision to fall to 8-6 overall.
    “I like the way my team battles,” WIC coach Eric Shamion said when asked after the Gwinn game to summarize the week. “It was nice to see them put some points on the board against Norway, but then we turn around and struggle in this game. The first quarter I thought we played really well, executed the offense, did exactly what we wanted to do, made some easy shots, pushed the tempo. But the second and third quarters just killed us tonight.”
    Back to the first part of the equation. Against a struggling Norway team (1-13), the Wykons controlled the game from the outset. Emily Nelson scored seven quick points, Tori Bociek sank a 3-pointer and Anna Malmquist hit a jumper to give West Iron a 12-0 lead. The Wykons led 13-4 going into the second quarter and then lengthened that to 29-8 at the break.
    Nelson scored 15 of her season-high 21 points in the opening 16 minutes, while Malmquist recorded 10 of her 17. Nelson said the quicker tempo helped.

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