E den Golliher had another big night, pouring in 23 points to help the West Iron County Wykons hold off the Gwinn Modeltowners 58-46 on Friday in Gwinn.
Gwinn coach Ben Olsen was impressed by Golliher’s efforts, despite his different attempts to limit her scoring.
“Eden Golliher is one of the best, if not the best girl I’ve seen in the UP,” he said. “Even with us focusing and wanting to bring double teams, every time she caught it on the block she still scored 23 overall with 12 in the first quarter.”
The Modeltowners kept it close throughout the first half, being down just 15-14 after the first quarter and 22-20 at halftime.
“I told the girls at halftime that the team that went on the first run was going to win this game,” Olsen said. “Unfortunately, they went on the first run. They extended the lead to about 20, and we were slowly able to chip away but never really got close after the 3rd quarter.”
Olsen was happy with his team’s performance despite the loss, considering the amount of adversity it faced.
“My girls continued to fight,” he said. “Trish [McGuire] had a great first quarter keeping us afloat with nine first quarter points. We had a short bench with Megan Ruokolainen and Emily Curtice out for tonight’s game. The girls battled, and it was a really competitive game throughout. Proud of our effort, and we just need to get healthy.”
WIC (12-2) visits Hancock on Monday.
Gwinn (9-5) travels to Negaunee on Tuesday.