Wykon girls win two more

The Wykons’ Erin Possanza tried to get her shot past Stephenson’s Erin Johnson, as teammates Eden Golliher (35) and Grace Gasperini hustled back to help.
IRON RIVER—A long losing streak can cause many things to a basketball team, most notably a loss of confidence and drop in intra-team trust.
But sometimes all it takes to turn that around is one win. The West Iron County girls got that victory Jan. 26 against North Dickinson after a nine-game losing skid, and the triumph seemed to spark a rejuvenation in the squad.
That renewed spirit was on display last week as the Wykons won a pair of nonconference home games. West Iron (4-9) opened the week by knocking off Kingsford 45-40 on Jan. 30 and then capped it with a 71-33 pounding of Stephenson on Feb 2.
“The energy has been a lot different in the locker room after games, at practice,” WIC coach Mike Dallavalle said after the Stephenson win. “There seems to be a lot more communication, and I think they’re starting to trust each other a lot more and that’s big.”
Against Kingsford (9-5), West Iron used that belief to upend a Flivvers squad that had soundly beaten the Wykons 56-39 on Dec. 19. In that first game, senior Hannah Carlson torched West Iron for 36 points.
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