Wykons’ 2nd-quarter burst defeats Trojans

West Iron’s Emily Nelson works free for a short bank shot, as Forest Park’s Claudia Nocerini tries to stop the 6-1 sophomore.
IRON RIVER—Basketball observers realize the sport is based on runs and spurts. Rarely does a game go by that is just a steady progression of consistent play.
    In this season’s first edition of the cross-county battle between the West Iron and Forest Park girls basketball teams on Jan. 5, the Wykons used a 21-0 blitz that began in the final moments of the first quarter and extended over the next four minutes to upend the Lady Trojans 52-34 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
     After falling behind 12-7, West Iron (6-2) increased its half-court defensive pressure, forced a slew of FP turnovers and ran out to a 39-20 lead at halftime.
    “I thought our pressure defense really helped,” WIC coach Eric Shamion said. “It led to some easy buckets, and then the girls got some energy from that. We picked up the ball above the 3-point line, we denied passing lanes. I thought our help defense was better, and we fought over the top of picks, which we’ve worked on in practice.”
    Forest Park (2-5), playing its first game in 17 days, got off to an excellent start, led by a pair of 3-pointers off the bench from Claudia Nocerini and two buckets from Taylor Honkala. The Lady Trojans certainly had the Wykons on their heels a bit in the early going.

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