Future Hawkeye Meyer, Mohawks end Lynx season

Nerland records 12th double-double in final game, WCHS?finishes season at 11-11

MASON CITY — Scrappy and feisty throughout, the Webster City girls’ basketball team didn’t back down from the mountainous obstacle it faced here Saturday night.

But in the end, one team had Megan Meyer on its side and it wasn’t the Lynx.

Meyer, who will play collegiately for Lisa Bluder at Iowa, unleashed a 27-point first half and finished with 37 to lead seventh-ranked Mason City to an 80-51 victory over WCHS in a Class 4A Region 2 semifinal.

The Mohawks (13-9) will host 13th-ranked Waverly-Shell Rock (16-6) for the right to advance to the state tournament on Tuesday, while WCHS (11-11) was left with the consolation prize of the program’s most successful season since 2005-06.

“We gave it a heck of a fight, but they’re good,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “You don’t want to go out on a loss, but when you watch your kids out there fighting, you’re very proud of them. They didn’t give up for one minute.”

Meyer rained in five of the Mohawks’ nine 3-point baskets, three of them coming in the first half when she alone outscored the Lynx by two points. Mason City led 47-25 at the break and extended the margin to 28 points, 67-39, after three quarters.

“She’s a great shooter and she understands the game so well that she can find all of those little spots,” Muhlenbruch said of Meyer.

Anna Deets and Jaeda Whitner added 10 points each for the Mohawks.

WCHS received a strong night from its senior core, led by forward Cassidy Nerland who notched her 12th double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds. She finished the season averaging a double-double — 10.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game.

Nerland leaves the hardwood as the program’s single-game, single-season and career rebounds leader.

Classmate Halle Mason registered 10 points and six rebounds, and Haley Flaws added nine points, two steals and two assists. Fellow senior Sarah Vogelbacher had a pair of assists and Stacey Meyer scored a late bucket.

“These (senior) girls are good role models for the young athletes coming up,” Muhlenbruch said. “They showed what it takes and how you can compete with rated teams. In the last few years we’ve made the second round of regionals and then we’ve run into a buzzsaw, so now we need to take one more step and I think we’re there.”

Sophomore point guard Taylor McKinney will be the foundation moving forward. She drained three 3-pointers and poured in 13 points in the loss to Mason City. She finished the season averaging a team-best 15.3 points per game and through two years has scored 612 points. She’ll enter her junior campaign just 284 points away from becoming the Lynx all-time 5-player leading scorer.

Mason City 80, Webster City 51

Class 4A Region 2 Semifinal

Saturday at Mason City

Webster City (11-11) — Haley Flaws 3 3-6 9, Taylor McKinney 5 0-1 13, Halle Mason 4 0-0 10, Sarah Vogelbacher 0 0-1 0, Atlanta Hopp 0 0-0 0, Zoey Woodle 0 0-1 0, Tatum Goings 0 0-2 0, Stacey Meyer 1 0-0 2, Morgan Gallentine 0 0-0 0, Kaylyn Anderson 0 0-0 0, Grace Hoversten 1 0-0 2, Adalie Schwandt 0 0-0 0, Cassidy Nerland 5 5-6 15. Totals: 19 8-17 51.

Mason City (13-9) — Autumn Anderson 3 1-2 7, Megan Meyer 16 0-2 37, Anna Lensing 2 1-2 5, Anna Deets 4 2-2 10, Ali Rood 0 0-0 0, Hannah Faktor 2 1-2 5, Sami Miller 1 0-0 3, Jaeda Whitner 4 0-0 10, Hanna Thomas 0 0-0 0, Brianna Notermann 0 0-0 0, Emma Hollander 0 0-0 0, Megan Hollander 0 0-0 0, Brooke Anderson 0 0-0 0, Hanna Lang 1 0-0 3. Totals: 33 5-10 80.

Webster City 13 12 14 12 — 51

Mason City 22 25 20 13 — 80

3-point field goals — WC 5 (McKinney 3, Mason 2); MC 9 (Meyer 5, Whitner 2, Miller). Rebounds — WC 36 (Nerland 13, Hoversten 8, Mason 6). Steals — WC 8 (Woodle 3, Flaws 2). Assists — WC 9 (Flaws 2, McKinney 2, Vogelbacher 2). Team fouls — WC 11, MC 19. Fouled out — none.

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