Wykon girls drop pair on the road
IRON RIVER—The West Iron County Wykons girls basketball team fell to 0-3 on the season after a pair of road losses last week--one to a possible district opponent and the other to one of the top teams in the Upper Peninsula.
On Dec. 9, the Wykons looked to gain a measure of revenge against Iron Mountain, which ended West Iron’s season in last year’s district opener. The Wykons looked poised to do so, building a 13-point lead early in the third quarter, but the host Mountaineers stormed back to notch the 55-49 nonconference victory.
Two days later at Calumet, West Iron was unable to keep pace with an experienced, talented Copper Kings squad in a 70-30 West Pac Conference defeat.
Against the Mountaineers (1-1), Alexis Golfis singed the nets for a game-high 28 points to pace the Wykons. The senior guard sparked West Iron to a 13-7 lead after the opening quarter with 12 points. Iron Mountain fought back in the second quarter, but two buckets from Erin Angeli and another off a put-back from Lizzi Pellizzer kept West Iron up one at the break.
Emmy Kinner buried back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch the lead back to seven early in the third quarter. Golfis later knocked down two free throws to give her team a 35-22 advantage with about five minutes left in the period.
“Emmy hit two threes right away,” West Iron Coach Joe Serbentas said. “We were able to shift the ball around against their zone. That helped us extend the lead really quickly.”
But that’s when Iron Mountain started its push behind juniors Katie Brule and Sarah Bogaudo. Brule, a 5-foot-11 center, tallied six points en route to a team-best 20 points to lead the charge. Bogaudo, a 5-6 point guard, added four of her nine points, including a jumper that cut the deficit to 39-36 after three quarters.
Golfis put West Iron up by four early in the fourth, but Iron Mountain drew even shortly after. Then with the game tied at 46-all with just over two minutes left, senior guard Alyssa Kohr hit a 3-pointer (her first points of the game) to give the Mountaineers a lead they would never relinquish. It was the only made 3-pointer of the game for Iron Mountain.
After Kohr’s hoop, West Iron committed several late turnovers and was never able to regain its footing.
“We had some turnovers and we had some pretty good looks,” Serbentas said of the game’s final minutes. “We just came up missing those. We had our opportunities and we were right there at the end.”