WIC girls drop three in busy week
IRON RIVER—Last week, the West Iron County girls basketball team had a schedule straight out of the NBA. On the docket were back-to-back road games at Hancock and Westwood, followed by a home game against Calumet two nights later.
Three games in four nights is a difficult proposition for professionals with first-class air travel, and it is a difficult task for a bunch of teenagers who are traveling long distances on school buses not exactly built for comfort.
The Wykons dropped all three games last week but played well after a poor showing against Hancock to begin the week.
West Iron put together one of its better performances of the year in the week’s final game. The Wykons hung with second-ranked Calumet throughout before falling 47-37 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
Despite playing without leading scorer Alexis Golfis, who missed the last two games of the week with a sprained ankle, the Wykons battled competitively with the Copper Kings, a team that defeated West Iron 70-30 in mid-December.
“I told the girls that they ought to be darn proud,” West Iron coach Joe Serbentas said. “They went toe-to-toe with the No. 2-ranked team, and we gave them everything we could.”
The Wykons cut 30 points off its margin of defeat to Calumet mainly because of two reasons—the Copper Kings shot just 4 of 22 on three-pointers (18 percent) against West Iron’s sagging 2-3 zone and Wykon sophomore guard Emmy Kinner exploded for 22 points, double her average.
Calumet (16-2, 6-2) threatened a repeat of the earlier encounter by taking a 14-4 lead in the opening quarter. But Kinner got going with a 3-pointer, Erin Angeli added one of her own and Kinner fired in a bank shot at the buzzer to cut the gap to 14-12 after the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, West Iron’s tired legs started to become a factor, as the Copper Kings went on an 11-2 run to reestablish a double-digit lead at 25-14. The visitors went into the locker room with a 30-16 advantage.
“There was some fatigue there in that second quarter,” Serbentas said. “I could see the starters laboring real quick, and I had to make some (substitutions) probably quicker than I wanted to. And we got out of rhythm because of that. But I had to get them some rest.”
Down 39-20, West Iron made a spirited push by scoring the final 10 points of the third quarter to pull within 39-30 heading down the stretch.
Once again, Kinner keyed the spurt. She scored 11 of the team’s 14 points in the