Wykons’ comeback falls short
Steven Nelson launches a shot from the lane during the Wykons’ game against Norway Jan. 8. Nearby is WIC’s James Swanson.
IRON RIVER—Admittedly, it’s a challenge for a high school basketball team to execute well for an entire 32 minutes. Those that can come the closest are the ones that are most successful.
The West Iron County boys put together about 20 minutes of solid play against Norway on Jan. 8, but the other portion of the game was not up to par, as the Wykons dropped their third straight game, a 51-50 loss to the Knights at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
After a poor 12-minute stretch bridging the first and second quarters that resulted in a 15-point halftime deficit, the Wykons (3-4) rallied in the second half and had a chance to win on the last possession. But Norway (5-2) stymied West Iron’s attempt at the victory, forcing Caden Pellizzer into a shot under duress that missed.
Understandably, the Wykons were left with a feeling of emptiness as they came one bucket shy of ending a multi-year losing streak to their district rivals. Both Pellizzer and coach Dan Schive gave their diagnosis of what is keeping the team from finding a way to beat good opponents in close games.
“Offense,” said Pellizzer, who paced West Iron with 15 points. “Too many wasted possessions. Not good passes and turnovers. All that just hurts us.”
“It is, it’s offensive execution,” Schive said. “And it’s my job to get them to run (the offense) more aggressively and more correctly.”