Girls basketball: Wykons beat Iron Mountain, 44-31

IRON RIVER — West Iron County rallied in the second half to defeat Iron Mountain 44-31 in non-conference girls basketball Tuesday at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.

The Mountaineers (0-2) held a 19-16 halftime edge. The Wykons (3-0) rolled 13-6 in the third quarter and 15-6 in the fourth.

Emily Nelson, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, led the Wykons with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Eden Golliher, a 6-foot sophomore, added 13 points and eight rebounds. Anna Malmquist chipped in 13 points.

“We started out with a press in the third quarter and that led to tipped balls and easy buckets,” said WIC Coach Eric Shamion. “Iron Mountain really played well and was very physical with us. We tried to work it in inside but couldn’t get it going.”

Noted IM Coach Katelyn Johnson, “West Iron did a great job when they pressed us.”

Riley Poupore’s 16 points and 10 rebounds paced the Mountaineers, who experienced foul trouble.

“Nelson really didn’t hurt us until the fourth quarter,” Johnson said. “We were really hyper-forced on her and thought we did a good job. Golliher hurt us with strong drives to the basket. Malmquist was scrappy.

“We knew they were going to be tough. We did an awesome job in the first half at getting steals and finishing.”

The Mountaineers shot 31 percent from the floor.

“Overall, I’m happy with the defense and hustle,” Johnson said. “We just couldn’t put the ball in the basket in the fourth quarter. West Iron was roaring and ready to go in the second half. They have a great team.”

In Thursday’s games, WIC hosts Calumet and IM begins Mid-Peninsula Conference play at Gwinn.

West Iron defeated Iron Mountain in the junior varsity game.

Iron Mountain 6 13 6 6 — 31

West Iron 8 8 13 15 — 44

IRON MOUNTAIN (31): Poupore 16, Bal 4, Hoffman 4, Lundholm 1, Stoner 4, Johnson 2. FT: 5-9, F: 11 (Bal fouled out). 3PT: Poupore 2. FG: 10-32. Rebounds: 18 (Poupore 10).

WEST IRON (44): Malmquist 13, Nelson 15, Stein 1, Laturi 2, Golliher 13. FT: 5-9. F: 12. 3PT: Malmquist 1.