WIC girls’ win streak hits 11

IRON RIVER—The West Iron County girls basketball team had three games on its schedule last week, but because of the recent one-two-three punch of winter weather, only two of the games were played.
    And the Division 1-3 top-ranked Wykons took care of business in both, defeating L’Anse and Gwinn in a pair of road games to extend their winning streak to 11. West Iron’s cross-county battle against Forest Park was cancelled by the heavy snow that fell on the area on Feb. 7.
    After the wins, WIC coach Eric Shamion reflected on where his 12-2 team sits as the regular season heads down the stretch.
    “We’re in a good spot,” Shamion said. “The girls really understand what it takes to win ballgames. I think they’re understanding what it takes, and they know how to get it out of each other. I’m not having to pry it out of them anymore and that’s good to see, especially as we’re getting closer to March.”
    Against L’Anse on Feb. 4, the Wykons led wire-to-wire to capture the West Pac Conference matchup, although the Purple Hornets (7-7) did hang around before falling 57-46.
    “I was pleased with the performance,” Shamion said. “I thought our defense would be able to keep them under 40 points, but they hit three layups at the end of the game. Our execution wasn’t bad. We’re getting better at reading these zone (defenses) and making the right decisions but there’s still times when we throw the ball away and that’s not going to be acceptable.”
    In fact, the Wykons were able to post the victory despite committing 24 turnovers and with starters Emily Nelson (bronchitis) and Anna Malmquist (cold) battling illness. Still, West Iron’s balanced scoring attack was more than enough to overcome those issues.

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