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Wykons fall to Dickinson County foes

As Norway’s Britta Grayvold closes in, West Iron’s Emmy Kinner races downcourt with the ball. Teammate Erin Angeli is in back.

IRON RIVER—In a closely contested basketball game, any opportunity to gain an edge is crucial. The West Iron County girls basketball team was presented with a chance to grab a decided advantage against visiting Norway on Jan. 26, but the Wykons didn’t do enough with it and eventually came to regret that in a 50-40 loss at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.
    In their second game of the week, the Wykons dropped a 60-43 decision to host North Dickinson on Jan. 29.
    Against Norway, with Knight forwards Jordan Kraemer and Ashley Zanon–difficult matchups for the smallish Wykons–on the bench in foul trouble for nearly the entire second quarter, West Iron stood poised to distance itself a bit from its opponent.
    The Wykons did overcome a 16-13 first-quarter deficit, but only managed to build a 22-21 lead by halftime after the Knights scored just five points in the second quarter and shot 2 of 15 without Kraemer and Zanon.
    “You’ve got the chance to do something there with those girls on the bench, but we just didn’t do enough in that quarter,” West Iron coach Joe Serbentas said. “We were able to open up some dribble penetration and knock down some shots going to the basket, but the problem was we didn’t get enough of them.”
    Kraemer and Zanon scored a combined 10 points in the first quarter, as Norway hit 7 of 11 from the floor. While not tall, both are strong, physical players that present difficulties on both ends of the court.
    Without the duo, the Wykons connected on three driving buckets in the second quarter--two by Alexis Golfis and one by Emmy Kinner.
    West Iron’s penetration and transition game caused the Knights difficulty, so much so that Norway coach Carli Kelly came out of her man-to-man defense and employed a 2-3 zone the entire second half.
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