Wykons split against possible district foes
West Iron’s Anna Malmquist makes her move to the net in action against Hancock last week. Teammates nearby are Livea Mazurek (13) and Emily Nelson (25). The Wykons won the game 50-42.
IRON RIVER—Sometimes, teams in the same district go weeks without seeing each other before the tournament begins. That’s not the case for the West Iron County Wykons this season.
Last week, the Wykons got a fresh look at Hancock, a possible district semifinal opponent, and Calumet, a potential district final foe, in a pair of West Pac Conference games. West Iron went 1-1 in the two games with a 50-42 home victory over the Bulldogs on Feb. 17 and a 53-46 road setback to the Copper Kings on Feb. 20.
“Both Hancock and Calumet present somewhat of the same challenge,” WIC coach Eric Shamion said. “Quickness and a bunch of guards and we have to play disciplined defense out on the perimeter. And they also press the whole game. So, I thought against Hancock we did a decent job of handling their pressure, but in Calumet, it seems everything’s a little quicker with Calumet.
Against Hancock, the Wykons (10-9) got an early lead and mostly stayed in front from there, much as they did in their 43-35 season-opening victory over the Bulldogs in December. Tori Bociek hit a 3-pointer to go with a layup from Emily Nelson and a driving hoop by Anna Malmquist as West Iron jumped out to an 8-2 lead. The Bulldogs (8-9) claimed a 19-18 lead with 2:30 left in the first half on post bucket from D’Andra Kero, but the Wykons ran off the final nine points of the second quarter to take a 27-19 lead into halftime.
“I liked our start,” Shamion said. “We had a nice first quarter and we followed that up with 14 points in the second quarter, so we’re learning to play downhill. We were getting layups.”