Nerland the queen of boards

WCHS senior becomes all-time rebounds leader in loss to W-SR

Cassidy Nerland  became the Lynx all-time leading rebounder on Saturday when she collected 13 caroms in a 57-25 home loss to Waverly-Shell Rock. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — It’s arguably the toughest job on the basketball floor and the one that rarely has volunteers. It requires toughness, grit and determination.

And that’s Cassidy Nerland.

Rebounders often get overlooked. They’re like long snappers in football; their mentions are few and far between unless something goes wrong.

But with 13 caroms Saturday night in Webster City’s 57-25 non-conference loss to Waverly-Shell Rock, Nerland cemented her status as the best rebounder in the history of the Lynx 5-player girls’ program.

Her fourth rebound of the game and 494th of her Lynx career — it came at the 2:38 mark of the first quarter — moved hhttps://www.freemanjournal.net/wp-admin/upload.php

er past Erin Greenley as the WCHS record holder.

Cassidy Nerland (50) battles Hampton-Dumont’s Kaci Arjes (4) for a rebound on Friday. DFJ photo/Troy Banning

“It’s awesome to break a record no matter what it is, but it’s just basically playing the game,” Nerland said. “Most of the time people don’t get a lot of credit for rebounds because it doesn’t technically win the game, but I’m happy about it.”

This could be the season in which she smashes all of the Lynx rebounding records. She already set the single-game mark with 19 against Iowa Falls-Alden in December and she has her sights set on Greenley’s single-season record of 230.

Nerland leads Class 4A in rebounds per game at 12.2. She has 146 on the season.

Her career tally is even more impressive when you tack on the 207 boards she collected as a freshman at Northeast Hamilton. It gives her 710 with more to come.

Nerland’s moment was all WCHS could celebrate against the Go-Hawks. W-SR (10-4) went on a 24-2 second-quarter run and outscored the Lynx 48-13 over the final three periods.

Halle Mason paced WCHS (6-6) with eight points and six rebounds. Haley Flaws added six points, Nerland finished with five, and Taylor McKinney chipped in four points and four assists.

Laura Bates scored 15 for the Go-Hawks and teammate Abbie Draper poured in 13 more.

Waverly-SR 57, Webster City 25

Saturday at Webster City

Waverly-SR (10-4) — Olivia Phillips 4 0-1 9, Camryn Grawe 2 1-2 5, Libby Dix 0 0-0 0, Britney Young 3 0-0 6, Sidney Little 0 0-0 0, Kenzie Rolling 1 0-0 2, Abbie Draper 6 0-0 13, Maddie Rodenbeck 0 0-0 0, Laura Bates 7 1-1 15, Abbey Thier 2 1-1 5, Kate Wright 1 0-0 2. Totals: 26 3-5 57.

Webster City (6-6) — Haley Flaws 2 2-4 6, Taylor McKinney 2 0-0 4, Halle Mason 3 0-0 8, Sarah Vogelbacher 0 0-0 0, Atlanta Hopp 0 0-0 0, Zoey Woodle 0 0-0 0, Tatum Goings 0 0-0 0, Stacey Meyer 0 0-0 0, Morgan Gallentine 0 0-2 0, Kaylyn Anderson 0 0 0-0 0, Grace Hoversten 1 0-0 2, Adalie Schwandt 0 0-0 0, Cassidy Nerland 2 1-2 5. Totals: 10 3-8 25.

Waverly-SR 9 24 10 14 — 57

Webster City 12 2 4 7 — 25

3-point field goals — W-SR 2 (Phillips, Draper); WC 2 (Mason 2). Rebounds — WC 28 (Nerland 13, Mason 6). Steals — WC 6 (Hoversten 2). Assists — WC 6 (McKinney 4). Turnovers — W-SR 13, WC 23. Team fouls — W-SR 11, WC 7. Fouled out — none.

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