Wykon girls fend off Flivvers, earn seventh straight victory

KINGSFORD—Playing against the Kingsford girls basketball team often becomes a war of attrition. With their persistent full-court pressure defense, the Flivvers aim to speed up their opponents and turn every game into a helter-skelter and frenzied affair.
    As far as that goes, Kingsford got what it wanted against the West Iron County Wykons in a nonconference battle Jan. 29 in Kingsford. But what this year’s Wykon team has that many others don’t is multiple players who have the ability to get through all that and score when they fend off all that pressure.
    So despite turning the ball over 21 times, the Wykons still had more than enough to get past Kingsford 59-37 for their seventh straight win.
    “They have lots of quickness on their team, and they caused us fits tonight,” WIC coach Eric Shamion said. “I thought at times we did really well on the press break, and other times it was chaotic and we threw the ball out of bounds and played to their favor.
    “But when we could set up our half-court offense, I thought we did some things really well. And when we were able to go on the fast break, I think that’s how we built our 20-point lead.”
    Plus, not many other teams around the U.P. have a 6-foot-1 center like Emily Nelson, who is mobile, agile and skilled. There were stretches during the win over Kingsford when Nelson simply dominated on both ends of the court.
    She finished with 14 points on 4 of 6 from the field and 6 of 7 from the line, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots and forced several Kingsford misses with her defensive presence.

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