WEBSTER CITY - By now the blueprint on how to torment the Webster City girls' basketball team is set in stone, and Humboldt followed it to the letter Friday night inside the WCHS gymnasium.
Press and then press some more ... and then press some more.
Humboldt worked defensively from end line to end line, forcing 19 first-half turnovers and 26 in all in a 53-19 pummeling of the Lynx in North Central Conference play.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS senior Kelsey Lindmark (14) takes an elbow to the face from Humboldt’s Kessa Kuyper (33) as Sarah Peters (53) wrestles the loose ball away in the lane during the first half Friday night inside the WCHS gym. The Wildcats ran away with a 53-19 North Central Conference victory.
"(Humboldt) came to play and we weren't out there to play," WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. "It's not that the girls aren't trying, it's just the fact that they were the better team."
It wasn't all about defense though for the Wildcats (7-11, 6-10 NCC); they had plenty of offense as well.
Lauren Friesth buried four of Humboldt's seven 3-point baskets and outscored the Lynx all by herself en route to a game-high 20 points. She nailed three bombs and put up 13 points in the opening half when the Wildcats stormed out to a 32-13 advantage.
Humboldt 53, Webster City 19
Humboldt (7-11, 6-10 NCC) - Madison Thomas 0 2-2 2, Karlee Peyton 2 0-0 5, Abbey Gargano 0 0-0 0, Lauren Friesth 7 2-3 20, Kenzie Wright 3 1-1 7, Kessa Kuyper 2 2-4 7, Maggie Duffield 1 0-2 2, Erica Lane 2 0-2 5, Sarah Peters 1 0-0 2, April Jones 1 1-2 3. Totals: 19 8-16 53.
Webster City (2-17, 2-14 NCC) - Lynne Chalfant 1 0-0 2, Emily Elm 0 0-0 0, Kelsey Lindmark 0 0-2 0, Hannah Myers 0 1-2 1, Mikaleh McCoy 2 2-2 6, Erin Anderson 0 0-0 0, Alex Dinsdale 0 0-0 0, Rachel Kauffman 1 0-0 2, Emma White 0 0-0 0, Brittany Carlson 0 0-0 0, Mikala Harrill 4 0-0 8. Totals: 8 3-6 19.
Quarter scores - Humboldt led 15-9, 32-13 and 43-15. 3-point field goals - Humboldt 7 (Friesth 4, Peyton, Kuyper, Lane). Rebounds - WC 21 (McCoy 6, Elm 5, Harrill 5). Steals - WC 5 (Kauffman 2, Chalfant 2). Assists - WC 4 (Elm 2). Team fouls - Humboldt 10, WC 14. Fouled out - none.
Karlee Peyton, Kessa Kuyper and Erica Lane knocked down 3s as well.
"That's what we prepared for," Muhlenbruch said. "We told the girls you've got to get out there and get on (Friesth and Kenzie Wright) because we knew those two girls were going to shoot 3s."
The Lynx (2-17, 2-14 NCC) committed 10 first-quarter turnovers, and yet were still with six, at 15-9, after the first 8 minutes. In fact, Mikaleh McCoy drained a pair of free throws with 4:14 left in the second quarter to trim Humboldt's lead to 18-13.
But there was very little, if anything, to smile about the remainder of the way.
The Wildcats scored the final 14 points of the second period and upped it to a 16-0 run before Mikala Harrill could put a stop to it with an inside bucket early in the third, but it turned out to be the only Lynx points of the quarter.
Humboldt outscored WCHS 35-6 over the final 20:14 of the contest. The Lynx managed just three second-half field goals - two by Harrill, who scored a team-best eight points, and one by McCoy, who pitched in six points.
McCoy (six) and Harrill (five) combined for 11 rebounds; Emily Elm also collected five.
WCHS will attempt to end its 13-game losing skid on Tuesday against conference juggernaut Hampton-Dumont. Tip-off from Hampton is set for 6:15 p.m.