Wykons drop opener to hot-shooting Hancock
Despite the close attention of a Hancock defender, West Iron’s Sydnie Mazurek finds an opportunity to get a shot away.
IRON RIVER—A strange bit of repeat history unfolded for the West Iron County Wykons girls basketball team in its season opener against Hancock on Dec. 2.
A year ago in Hancock, the Wykons got off to a decent start and grabbed an early lead only to watch the Bulldogs get hot from the perimeter and overtake them on their way to a victory.
Though this year’s game was played at the Charles Greenlund Gymnasium, the contest played our similarly.
After an early run that bridged the first and second quarter put the Wykons up by four with 7:12 left before intermission, Hancock ran off the final 14 points of the half and never looked back to notch a 67-37 West Pac Conference triumph.
The Bulldogs buried nine 3-pointers along the way, while West Iron managed just two. That 21-point differential was too much for the Wykons to overcome.
“We ran into a buzzsaw today,” Wykon Coach Joe Serbentas said. “They shot the lights out. They were moving the ball really well, and when they got their shots, they shot them confidently.”
Facing mainly a 3-2 zone defense, Hancock sank 9-of-23 (39 percent) from beyond the arc, with sophomore Maija Sebbas leading with way with four and junior Taylor Pertile added three.
Prior to the surge, the Wykons embarked on a 14-5 run that gave them an 18-14 lead. Sophomore guard Emmy Kinner sparked the charge with a 3-pointer and a layup in transition.
Senior forward Sydnie Mazurek added a hoop and a free throw, while Lexy Gasperini, Erin Angeli and Alexis Golfis also chipped in with a bucket each as West Iron (0-1, 0-1) forced a Bulldog timeout.
But shortly after, Hancock settled in. After turning the ball over seven times in the first quarter, the Bulldogs cleaned up their ballhanding and began to solve the Wykon zone.