ELY— Timberwolves junior point guard Erika Mattson hit a major basketball milestone on Tuesday as she scored her 1,000th point and a double-double to lead Ely to a 56-31 win over Greenway in their …
ELY— Timberwolves junior point guard Erika Mattson hit a major basketball milestone on Tuesday as she scored her 1,000th point and a double-double to lead Ely to a 56-31 win over Greenway in their home opener.
Mattson poured in 30 points in the game, along with ten rebounds and five assists, suggesting she’s going to be a force to be reckoned with over the next two seasons.
Mattson had some help from junior Brielle Kallberg, who notched a double-double of her own, with 11 points and 16 boards, while freshman Ande Visser tallied eight points and seven rebounds. Senior Lida Dodge added five points, while Winter Sainio tallied seven boards.
For the Wolves, it was a nice recovery from their 75-61 loss to Two Harbors on Saturday. Mattson again led the way in the losing effort, scoring 29 points and 10 rebounds for another double-double. Kallberg was right behind with 24 points and 15 boards for her second straight double-double. But the dynamic duo couldn’t quite carry the team, as all other Ely players added a total of just eight points in the match.
“Overall, I feel we have played fairly well,” said Head Coach Darren Visser. “Our team does not have much varsity depth so we are working hard to get the younger players ready to help on varsity. Our older girls have done a great job of being strong leaders and helping our younger players develop quicker.”
In their season opener, the Wolves easily outpaced Nashwauk-Keewatin, 67-37, as Mattson poured in 34 points to kick off her outstanding start to the season. Mattson shot a phenomenal 83 percent from the front court and a machine-like 67 percent from three-point territory.
Kallberg added ten points and 11 rebounds starting her streak of three straight double-doubles to start the season. Meanwhile, Dodge and Sainio each tallied eight points, and Sainio added nine rebounds to her total.
The Wolves were set to play International Falls on Thursday before a ten-day break. They’ll be back in action at Chisholm on Monday, Dec. 17, with a 7:15 p.m. start.