WEBSTER CITY - One team looked right at home in the WCHS gymnasium last night, but it wasn't Webster City.
Clear Lake, well, you would have thought the Lions had spent an eternity perfecting their offense and defense inside the new, state-of-the-art arena.
The score was 8-0 in Clear Lake's favor before Webster City finally got on the board midway through the first quarter and the Lynx never recovered in a 53-12 girls' North Central Conference basketball loss.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS sophomore Hannah Myers (20) battles Clear Lake’s Bailey Kibsgaard for a defensive rebound during the second half of last night’s North Central Conference game in the WCHS gymnasium. The Lions put it to the Lynx, 53-12.
WCHS shot just 15 percent from the field (6 of 39) and turned the ball over 24 times - a combination that never leads to success.
"The big thing is we're not taking what we do in practice each day and carrying it into the game," a dejected Nicole Muhlenbruch, the Lynx first-year head coach, said afterwards. "That's the biggest thing we need to do right now ... the skills, the drills, we need to transfer that into a game."
Clear Lake (2-1, 2-1 NCC) opened up an 18-6 lead after 8 minutes and padded its cushion to 41-8 by intermission.
Clear Lake 53, Webster City 12
Clear Lake (2-1, 2-1 NCC) - Kaye Faber 0 0-0 0, Megan Loux 7 0-0 14, Emily Phalen 0 0-0 0, Logan Anderson 1 1-2 3, Kaitlyn Pitzen 0 0-0 0, Madi Faber 1 1-2 3, Kristen Hewett 1 0-0 3, Jenna Peterson 0 0-0 0, Trudy Peterson 7 0-0 18, Emily Willms 2 2-4 6, Bailey Kibsgaard 1 4-4 6, Regatta Olinger 0 0-0 0. Totals: 20 9-12 53.
Webster City (0-4, 0-3 NCC) - Lynne Chalfant 0 0-0 0, Emily Elm 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Lindmark 0 0-0 0, Hannah Myers 3 0-2 6, Mikaleh McCoy 2 0-0 4, Cambria Hoffmann 1 0-0 2, Erin Anderson 0 0-0 0, Alex Dinsdale 0 0-0 0, Rachel Kauffman 0 0-2 0, Emma White 0 0-1 0, Mikala Harrill 0 0-0 0. Totals: 6 0-5 12.
Quarter scores - CL led 18-6, 41-8 and 48-12. 3-point field goals - CL 5 (T. Peterson 4, Hewett). Rebounds - WCHS 21 (McCoy 6, Kauffman 5). Steals - WCHS 10 (Kauffman 3). Assists - WCHS 2. Team fouls - CL 10, WCHS 15. Fouled out - none.
In its last two games, WCHS (0-4, 0-3 NCC) has been outscored 32-10 in the first quarter.
Sophomore Hannah Myers knocked down 3 of 3 shots from the floor and scored all six of the Lynx first-quarter points. But she went to the bench with three fouls with 6 minutes to go in the second quarter, and no one else was able to pick up the slack.
The Lions turned up the heat with a full-court press throughout the first half, leading to 16 WCHS turnovers. And when they were forced to work in the half court, the visitors carved up the Lynx defense. Trudy Peterson went off for all 18 of her points during the initial 16 minutes, keyed by four 3-point baskets from the left wing.
"We talked about how you've got to get it reversed before the trap, and if you do that then you can beat the press," Muhlenbruch said. "But we didn't do that."
A steal and layup by the Lions' Logan Anderson in the first 10 seconds of the third quarter extended their lead to 36 and put the continuous clock - a new rule adopted by the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union this season when there's a 35-point margin - into effect.
"What killed us is when we came out of the locker room and (the players) heard there would be a continuous clock," Muhlenbruch said. "It killed our get up and go."
Lynx sophomore Mikaleh McCoy ended an 8-minute, 10-second drought with a turnaround jumper in the lane, snapping a 22-0 Lions' spurt with 3:50 left in the third period.
Clear Lake held WCHS scoreless during the quick fourth quarter.
Myers (six points), McCoy (four) and Hoffmann (two) accounted for all of the Lynx points.
Megan Loux added 10 points for the Lions, and they also all came in the opening half.
WCHS will try to rebound on Friday with a road game at Clarion-Goldfield at 6:15 p.m.