WIC girls extend win streak to six

Norway’s Ada VanHolla looks for an outlet as West Iron’s Katarina Serbentas (left) and Anna Malmquist try to form a human wall during the nonconference game Jan. 25.

IRON RIVER—On paper, everything looked great for the West Iron County girls basketball team after its lopsided win over Norway on Jan.25
    After all, the Wykons led wire-to-wire in their 52-23 victory over the Knights in a nonconference game at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium. Plus, it was their sixth straight victory, every player on the team got significant playing time, and 10 of the 12 players scored.
    But underneath it all, the issues were there—a clear lack of focus, some careless decision-making and spotty offensive execution against Norway’s 2-3 zone.
    To be held to a higher standard is part of the burden of being a talented team with high expectations. The Wykons (9-2) also came into the game with the knowledge that they had ripped Norway by 38 points in the first matchup this season and had played only three games in three weeks.
    With all that, West Iron surely looked the part of a team that was rusty and not terribly attentive to the task.
    “That was a big challenge for us tonight,” WIC coach Eric Shamion said. “We are young, and I think when we stepped on the floor, we didn’t have the concentration we needed …. And it showed in that first quarter. I thought it was very sloppy and I thought we played lazy.
    “We talked (afterward) about how we won by 29, and the coach and the team should feel good about that, but it wasn’t a clean victory. It was ugly.”

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