Lynx girls take off in 2nd half, double up ’Cats

McKinney scores a game-high 18 points

HUMBOLDT — It took the Webster City girls’ basketball team 16 minutes to get comfortable here Tuesday night.

And once the Lynx found their footing? It was game over.

Leading 17-15 at halftime, WCHS blew the doors off its North Central Conference contest against Humboldt, as the Lynx outscored the Wildcats by 29 points, 45-16, over the final 16 minutes to win easily, 62-31.

It was a nice reprieve for head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch’s team, which lost to Humboldt 34-31 back on Dec. 8 in what was probably the low point of the season.

“The girls definitely had fire in their eyes in this game,” Muhlenbruch said. “We only had three points in the first quarter, but then all of a sudden everything clicked. It was nice for the girls to get this because a win does a lot for your confidence.”

WCHS (7-8, 5-5 NCC) ended a three-game skid by shooting a season-high 53 percent from the field (24-45) and out-rebounding Humboldt (5-11, 4-6 NCC) 35-15.

The decision to ramp up the defensive intensity over the final three quarters helped lead to the blowout. WCHS mixed in 2-2-1 and 1-2-1-1 presses and forced 21 Wildcat turnovers.

“When we started pressing, that really made a big difference,” Muhlenbruch said. “That really took them out of it.”

Sophomore point guard Taylor McKinney caught fire after the intermission and scored 16 of her game-high 18 points. Haley Flaws and Cassidy Nerland both finished with nine points; both seniors dropped in seven points in the third and fourth quarters. Nerland also collected a game-high 10 rebounds.

Sarah Vogelbacher contributed seven points, six rebounds and three assists. Grace Hoversten also played a pivotal role off the bench and provided six points, seven boards and five assists.

“Sarah Vogelbacher, she played amazing,” Muhlenbruch said. “It was one of her best games.”

Adalie Schwandt chipped in six points; Nerland and Flaws both had three steals.

Mady Lange and Sydney Lane led Humboldt with eight and seven points, respectively.

WCHS will be on the road Friday and Saturday, first with a trip north to take on Clarion-Goldfield-Dows followed by a journey south for a non-conference game against Gilbert 23 hours later.

Tip-off in Clarion will be at 6 p.m. It will be moved up an hour to 5 p.m. in Gilbert.

Webster City 62, Humboldt 31

Tuesday at Humboldt

Webster City (7-8, 5-5 NCC) — Haley Flaws 3 3-4 9, Taylor McKinney 8 0-0 18, Halle Mason 0 3-4 3, Sarah Vogelbacher 3 0-0 7, Atlanta Hopp 0 0-0 0, Zoey Woodle 0 0-0 0, Tatum Goings 1 0-0 2, Stacey Meyer 1 0-0 2, Grace Hoversten 3 0-0 6, Adalie Schwandt 2 2-2 6, Cassidy Nerland 3 3-6 9. Totals: 24 11-16 62.

Humboldt (5-11, 4-6 NCC) — Jori Hajck 0 0-0 0, Trinity Helmer 1 0-0 2, Ashlyn Clark 0 0-0 0, Mady Lange 4 0-0 8, Cassie Peyton 1 2-2 4, Maggie Bennett 0 0-0 0, Brianna Jenson 0 0-0 0, Jayda Hoefer 1 0-0 3, Rachel Darling 1 1-2 3, Sydney Lane 3 1-1 7, Olivia Hjemeland 0 0-0 0, Tabitha Jergens 1 0-0 2, Hannah Nielsen 0 2-2 2, Quinn Mooney 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 6-7 31.

Webster City 3 14 20 25 — 62

Humboldt 5 10 10 6 — 31

3-point field goals — WC 3 (McKinney 2, Vogelbacher); HUM 1 (Hoefer). Rebounds — WC 35 (Nerland 10, Hoversten 7, Vogelbacher 6). Steals — WC 14 (Flaws 3, Nerland 3). Assists — WC 13 (Hoversten 5, Vogelbacher 3). Turnovers — WC 16, HUM 21. Team fouls — WC 6, HUM 14. Fouled out — none.

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