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Wykons edge Kingsford for ninth win

IRON RIVER—The West Iron County girls basketball team built a seven-point halftime lead, then fell behind by eight but eventually subdued Kingsford 42-38 in a nonconference game on Feb. 3 in Kingsford.
    The Wykons held the Flivvers to just four points in the final 10-plus minutes while scoring 16 of their own to notch their ninth win of the season. The teams had battled into overtime in the first match on Jan. 7 with Kingsford coming out on top.
    WIC coach Eric Shamion said his team was not motivated by revenge in the rematch.
    “I think the girls just wanted to play a good game of basketball and win,” he said. “It was a game they thought that we should be able to win and if we look at the first half, I thought the girls came out with some urgency.”
    West Iron (9-6) took a quick 7-2 lead on buckets by Emily Nelson and Mya Grubbs and a 3-poniter from Anna Malmquist. The Flivvers (6-8) gained their footing and cut the deficit to 15-12 early in the second quarter before the Wykons ran off five straight points, all by Livea Mazurek.
    Mazurek finished with seven points off the bench, providing a much-needed offensive lift for her team.
    “Livea Mazurek had a really nice game for us coming off the bench,” Shamion said. “She was able to score seven points for us and it was huge. She had a couple of nice rebounds and really contributed to our team effort.”
    West Iron led 22-15 at the break but came out flat in the third quarter and Kingsford took advantage. Olivia Olkkonen kicked off a 19-4 run with a quick 3-pointer to start the third. Brooke Kriegl sank another one shortly after and Olkkonen buried two more before the rally was complete.

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