Wykons rally to nip Flivvers
Wykon junior Emily Nelson rises up over three Kingsford players during WIC’s 39-38 victory on Jan. 28. Nelson posted 18 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four assists in the win. Meanwhile, teammate Colbi Laturi spots up on the wing.
IRON RIVER—If a basketball team is going to put together a long winning streak, it most likely will have to do so despite the occasional uneven performance. Or when the opposition simply plays well and puts forth a serious challenge.
Such was the case when the West Iron County girls hosted Kingsford in a nonconference game Jan. 28 at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium. The top-ranked Wykons trailed for much of the first three quarters against the Flivvers, took what seemed to be a comfortable lead heading down the stretch but ended up having to fend off a final Kingsford run to post a 39-38 victory.
The victory was West Iron’s ninth straight, but it was anything but easy against an improved Kingsford (7-4) team whose 3-2 zone caused the Wykons (10-2) problems, especially in the first half.
“A win is a win whether it was ugly or you win by 20,” WIC coach Eric Shamion said. “And I would say the first half was ugly. It was ugly on offense and defense. I didn’t think we had the energy level or the intensity level, and it also translated to the offensive end in the first half with lazy passes and quick shots. We just didn’t play the style of basketball that we’ve been preaching.”
“I really think we were distracted in a way,” added center Emily Nelson, who scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked five shots and dished out four assists. “We’re ranked No. 1 and maybe it gets to our heads a little bit. (Or) maybe it was because we haven’t seen a zone in so long. I would say we were out of rhythm. Everything was off.”