IRON MOUNTAIN - West Iron County, led by Kylee Erickson's game-high 24 points, ran out to an 18-0 lead and never looked back against Iron Mountain Tuesday night in girls non-conference basketball, winning 55-37.
Erickson hit five triples in the game, two coming right away as the Wykons jumped out to their early lead
"It was a good start," Wykons coach Mike Dallavalle said. "Kylee nailed those two right away, and it really fueled us. Iron Mountain had to come out and guard her and it gave us some good offensive looks."
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Iron Mountain’s Sarah Pirkola tries to loosen the ball from West Iron County’s Alexis Golfis during Tuesday evening’s non-conference girls basketball game. Pirkola led Iron Mountain with 14 points.
Dallavalle credited Iron Mountain for coming on strong later in the game.
"They hung in there and played us tough in the second half. But overall I was very pleased. Defensively we were sound, and I thought our sophomores played well for their first varsity game."
Sarah Pirkola's 14 points led Iron Mountain, which scored 35 to West Iron County's 36 after the first quarter.
"We just had a bad start," Mountaineers coach John Hogberg said. "After the first quarter, we played hard and were right with them. The girls are playing hard. We're just struggling to score."
Iron Mountain's jayvees, led by Alena Herman's 18 points, beat West Iron County 51-36. The IM frosh topped Florence's jayvee squad 56-22.
Iron Mountain (0-3, 0-1 MPC) hosts Gwinn Thursday night. Iron Mountain alum Ben Olsen is Gwinn's new head coach.
West Iron County (1-0, 0-0) plays at Calumet Thursday.
West Iron Cty 19 12 14 10 - 55
Iron Mountain 2 14 12 9 - 37
WEST IRON COUNTY: Mazurek 2, Golfis 6, Christensen 8, Erickson 24, Rasmussen 4, Tomasoski 2, Pellizzer 1, Miatech 8. FT: 10-13. F: 17. FO: Pellizzer.
IRON MOUNTAIN: Bujold 3, Pirkola 14, Girard 6, McCole 7, Gerhard 7. FT: 10-17. F: 12.
FG shooting - IM: 12-47. 3 pt FGs - WIC: Erickson (5); IM: Pirkola (3). Rebounding - IM: 17 (Gerhard 7).