Girls basketball: Wykons win opener over IM

West Iron County's Emily Nelson, right, drives to the basket as Iron Mountain's Hanna Ellis defends on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Iron Mountain, Mich. (Adam Niemi/Iron Mountain Daily News)

IRON MOUNTAIN — West Iron County snuffed Iron Mountain’s home opener with a 60-37 West PAC rout on Monday.

The Wykons (1-0) were led by Eden Golliher’s 24 points, coming mostly from the inside along with a 3-pointer. Anna Malmquist added 16 points and Emily Nelson had 10.

West Iron grabbed a chokehold of the game with a 17-0 run to close the first quarter after dissolving its only deficit early on.

“I liked what I saw in that first quarter,” West Iron County head coach Eric Shamion said. “Second quarter got a little stagnant for me on defense and offense. These girls are competitors and they’ll keep coming and coming at you. I liked our high-low game. We didn’t get a lot of good looks from the outside. We need to work on that. I think if we can shoot well from the outside we’ll be very tough to beat.”

Iron Mountain’s leading scorer Riley Poupore left the game with 2:33 left in the second quarter with an apparent ankle injury. She left the gym on crutches with her foot in a boot.

With Poupore out of the game, Reagan Lundholm came off the bench and led the Mountaineers (0-1) with 13 points.

“Riley Poupore going down there in the second quarter didn’t help us. That hurts,” Iron Mountain head coach Katelynn Grenier said. “We’re going to try to be optimistic. Other people stepped up big time. Reagan Lundholm came off the bench and was our high scorer. You can’t ask for more than that. With her intensity I knew she was going to be the right person to replace Riley at that point. She came off the bench and attacked the basket and she wasn’t afraid. That was nice to see.”

Iron Mountain fell to a 20-point deficit in the second quarter as the Wykons’ offense churned behind Golliher and Nelson’s presence down low.

“I thought Emily Nelson played a real nice game on offense on the high post,” Shamion said. “She always looks for her partner Eden down low for an easy bucket for Eden. If Eden has a little traffic, she’s able to take one or two dribbles and finish. She had a really nice game tonight.”

Surrendering the first quarter run for the Wykons was too much to overcome, Grenier said.

“We put ourselves in a hole right away and we couldn’t get back out,” she said. “That’s something that’s hard to come back. We didn’t give up. We kept fighting. Even though we weren’t getting closer and closer we still went after it so I’m proud of them for not giving up. I’m proud of the girls that came off the bench and contributed.”

West Iron JV lost 51-22.

West Iron County visits Calumet on Thursday.

Iron Mountain hosts Gwinn on Friday.

West Iron 19 10 16 15 — 60

Iron Mountain 3 10 12 12 — 37

WEST IRON COUNTY (60): Golliher 24, Malmquist 16, Nelson 10, Stine 7, Serbentas 3. FT: 10-13. F: 12. 3PT: 2 (Serbentas 1, Golliher 1).

IRON MOUNTAIN (37): Lundholm 13, Swartout 12, Poupore 7, Bal 2, Ellis 2, Thomann 1. FT: 8-15. F: 13. 3PT: Poupore 1.

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