Mattson sets 3-point mark

TOUGH DEFENSE - Ely’s Erika Mattson held her ground while Northeast Range’s Thia Lossing tried to get around her during high school girls basketball action Monday.

by Tom Coombe -

After enduring a bit of a scoring slump, Ely’s Erika Mattson broke out - in a record-setting way.
The sophomore warmed up in the second half and never cooled off, sinking a program-record eight three-point baskets and pouring in 33 points in a 71-37 high school girls basketball victory over Chisholm.
The Jan. 25 victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the Timberwolves, who continued their winning ways Monday as Shayla Zaverl scored a season-high 30 points in a 73-26 rout of Northeast Range.
Ely (9-7) is heading into a key stretch that will likely determine its seeding for the upcoming Section 7A playoffs, starting with a trip to Mt. Iron Monday night and a date with the seven-time defending 7A champion Mt. Iron-Buhl Rangers.
The Wolves will be decided underdogs in that tilt, but upcoming home games against Mesabi East (Feb. 8) and Silver Bay (Feb. 12) will be important.
If the Wolves are going to make a push for a top-four seed, they may need more impressive shooting displays from Mattson, who caught fire against the Bluestreaks.
Mattson shattered previous records shared by Tomi McDonald and Missy LaTourell, who both drained seven three-pointers in a single game.
“Erika worked to get into a great rhythm and at one point hit five ‘threes’ in a row,” said Ely Head Coach Darren Visser.
Ely had a 12-point lead over the Bluestreaks at the break, and put the hammer down in the second half with Mattson clicking from the outside and the Wolves completing the regular season sweep.
Mattson finished eight-for-15 from three-point distance and snared a team-high 14 rebounds.
Mattson, Zaverl and Brielle Kallberg combined for 65 of the Wolves’ 71 points.
Zaverl had nine rebounds and five asissts to go with her 16 points, while Kallberg shot eight-for-13 from the floor and wound up with 16 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four steals.
Junior Lida Dodge also picked up five rebounds for the winners.
Monday, Northeast Range got out to an early 4-0 lead but the highlights ended their for the visiting Nighthawks.
The Wolves went on a 29-2 run to take control of the game and never looked back.
Zaverl was everywhere on the floor for the winners, making 13-of-26 shots en route to a 30-point evening and adding 18 rebounds as well. The senior also dished out five assists.
“Shayla did a real nice job of finding good shots and working to get shots close to the basket,” said Visser.
Mattson contributed 16 points and nine rebounds for the Wolves and Kallberg was next with 14 points and five rebounds.
Senior Kalley Fischer contributed six points during the Senior Night win.
“Overall it was a good team victory,” said Visser. “Our girls worked hard on defense which gave them many great opportunities on offense.”