Seniors shine in last home game; Zaverl, Fischer lead Ely girls past Silver Bay in home finale

by Tom Coombe -

Ely’s seniors made their final home appearance a memorable one.
Shayla Zaverl scored a game-high 19 points and Kalley Fischer had a season-best nine steals as the high school girls basketball team downed Silver Bay 50-35.
Monday night’s matchup was the last home game for the Wolves and the last time Zaverl and Fischer - Ely’s only two seniors - competed on the home floor.
Both turned in exceptional nights, with Zaverl leading all scorers and Fischer anchoring an Ely defense that created a bevy of turnovers.
The Wolves evened their record at 10-10.
“I felt our girls did a good job of battling a quality team and finding a way to pull away in the end to get the win,” said Ely Head Coach Darren Visser.
Zaverl was proficient, shooting eight-of-13 from the floor and also pulling down nine rebounds.
Sophomore Brielle Kallberg poured in 12 points with eight rebounds, while Erika Mattson overcame foul trouble and wound up with nine points and nine rebounds.
Lida Dodge and Gabi Omerza added four points each for the Wolves.
Ely rebounded from a 56-44 loss to Mesabi East Feb. 8 at home.
The Giants’ Ava Hill scored 22 points to lead the way, and Class AA Mesabi East led by as many as 25 points before the Wolves made a late charge.
“The girls did a great job of playing Mesabi East evenly in the second half,” said Visser. “It just wasn’t enough to overcome a 13 point half time deficit. I felt we did a much better job on the defensive rebounds tonight.”
Mattson hit a couple of three-pointers and paced the Wolves with 16 points and nine rebounds.
Zaverl flirted with a triple-double and finished with 10 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Ely’s final week of the regular season is busy and filled with road contests.
The Wolves are at Greenway (Tuesday), Northeast Range (Thursday) and South Ridge (Friday), and the Section 7A playoffs start Mar. 1 at Hibbing and Greenway.
Depending on the results in the last week, Ely could be seeded anywhere from fourth to sixth in the north half of the section.