Lynx, Cowgirls both in search of first win tonight

WCHS boys out to atone for loss Tuesday

WCHS junior forward Cassidy Nerland (50) reaches back for one of her 10 offensive rebounds against South Central Calhoun last week. Nerland is averaging 9.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game entering tonight’s road contest against CGD in Clarion. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — One team will walk off the court a winner for the first time this evening when Webster City and Clarion-Goldfield-Dows meet on the court in North Central Conference girls’ basketball action.

A combined 0-11 on the season, the Lynx and Cowgirls will tip-off at 6:15 p.m. in Clarion. The boys’ contest will follow at approximately 7:45 p.m.

It wasn’t that long ago that WCHS (0-6, 0-3 NCC) was feeling confident that wins were right around the corner. But back-to-back lopsided losses to Humboldt and Algona in which it scored just 29 and 28 points, respectively, have taken a toll.

The Cowgirls (0-5, 0-3 NCC) have had their own struggles, as they’ve lost their five outings by an average of 28.2 points per game. Their closest contest was a 15-point loss to Fort Dodge St. Edmond, 57-42.

Which team can find an offensive spark is likely to walk away smiling. CGD averages just 33.8 points per game, while WCHS puts up 44 points per game despite the recent woes.

Forward Hannah TerHark is the Cowgirls’ top weapon, as she averages 10.2 points per game. The Lynx rely on Cassidy Nerland (9.5 ppg) and Taylor McKinney (8.6 ppg) for the bulk of their scoring.

In the boys’ contest, WCHS (2-2, 1-1 NCC) will look to rebound from a lackluster effort in a 66-56 road loss to Algona on Tuesday. CGD (2-2, 1-2 NCC) is riding some momentum following its first conference win of the season over Clear Lake, 74-70, earlier this week.

It all starts at the defensive end for the Lynx. In their two wins, opponents have netted just 48.5 points on average, while in the top losses foes score 72.5 points.

CGD is paced offensively by the Darland boys, Rhett and Ryan, who average 13.7 and 8.7 points, respectively.

Scoring hasn’t been a problem for the Lynx. They have plenty of options to choose from and are led by point guard Jordan Tanner (16 ppg), forward Connor Shannon (14.8 ppg) and shooting guard Cameron Moen (10.8 ppg).

Tanner is coming off a monster 26-point effort against Algona. He erupted for 19 second-half points to trim what was a 17-point Bulldogs’ lead down to as little as five in the final period.

Shannon, who has the ability to score from the paint and the perimeter, has back-to-back double-doubles to his credit.