Wykons rebound with win, but fall to Hornets

IRON RIVER—After enduring two lopsided road defeats the previous week, the West Iron County boys basketball team returned home for a pair of games last week with the hopes of regaining some of the confidence that had led to a four-game winning streak in mid- to late-January.
    What West Iron ended up with was a mixed bag. In the first game of the week, the Wykons scored the final five points to edge Ishpeming 44-40 on Feb. 13. But any momentum produced by that win was extinguished two nights later in a bitter 54-50 loss to L’Anse.
    The split leaves the Wykons with an 8-7 record heading into the final week of the regular season.
    In the week’s opener, West Iron and Ishpeming engaged in a close battle throughout with the Wykons enjoying the largest lead of the game at six in the third quarter.
    But the Hematites (5-10) fought back and eventually took a 40-39 lead with just under two minutes to play. About 40 seconds later, Nathan Thomson split a pair of free throws to knot the game heading into the final minute.
    West Iron then forced a miss, and on the ensuing transition, Caden Pellizzer found James Swanson on the break for a layup to put the Wykons up by two. Ishpeming misfired again and then fouled, but the Wykons missed the front end of the bonus. However, on the rebound, Swanson was able to tie up the Ishpeming rebounder and possession went to West Iron on alternate possession.
    On the inbounds pass, Thomson found Peyton Williams open for a lay-in that put the finishing touches on the Wykon victory.

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