McKinney named to all-NCC first team, Nerland on second team

Lynx sophomore also snags 4A?all-district accolade

Webster City sophomore point guard Taylor McKinney poses at media day back in November. After a standout season, she has been named to the all-NCC first team, as well as to the Class 4A all-district squad in the West district. DFJ file photo/Troy Banning

WEBSTER CITY — Sophomores ruled the all-North Central Conference girls’ basketball teams and included among the award winners was Webster City’s own second-year gem.

Lynx point guard Taylor McKinney was named to the all-league first team and she was one of four sophomores to make the top unit. She was joined by Clear Lake’s Sara Faber and Algona’s Aliyah Buscher and Abbey Holmes, all of whom were unanimous choices.

The remainder of the first team included Clear Lake senior Jordyn Barragy and Iowa Falls-Alden junior Katie Meyer.

Seven of the 18 all-conference selections were sophomores.

WCHS senior Cassidy Nerland was named to the second team.

Second-team all-NCC forward Cassidy Nerland is Webster City’s single-game, single-season and all-time rebounding leader. DFJ file photo/Troy Banning

McKinney, a second-team all-NCC selection as a freshman, ranked third in the conference in scoring at 15.3 points per game. She shot 42 percent from the field, including 34 percent from behind the 3-point arc. Her 50 treys on the season ranked only behind Holmes (77).

McKinney became the Lynx all-time 3-point record holder during her sophomore season and moved within striking distance of the program’s 5-player all-time scoring record. She’s more than halfway to 1,000 points, a feat never accomplished by a WCHS 5-player performer.

McKinney also ranked seventh in free throw percentage (77.4) among players with at least 40 attempts, 10th in assists (51) and 17th in steals (39).

McKinney’s standout season also earned her all-district honors in the Class 4A West District.

Faber was the leading scorer at 16.9 points per game, as she led the Lions to a second straight conference championship and appearance in the 3A state tournament. Holmes was right behind her at 16.1 points a night.

Nerland, also a two-time all-NCC player, averaged a double-double — 10.4 points and 11.6 rebounds per game — and shot 44 percent from the field. She led the league on the glass and set every WCHS rebounding record during the campaign. She exited the stage as the program’s single-game, single-season and career rebounds record holder.

WCHS finished the season at 11-11 overall, its most successful winter since the 2005-06 season. The Lynx were 7-7 in the conference, good enough for fourth place.

All-NCC Teams

Girls Basketball

First Team — *Aliyah Buscher, soph, Algona; *Sara Faber, soph, Clear Lake; *Abbey Holmes, soph, Algona; Taylor McKinney, soph, Webster City; Jordyn Barragy, sr, Clear Lake; Katie Meyer, jr, Iowa Falls-Alden.

*Denotes unanimous selection

Second Team — Cassidy Nerland, sr, Webster City; Sydney Lane, sr, Humboldt; Chloe Mueller, sr, Clear Lake; MaKayla Severs, sr, Hampton-Dumont; Grace Renaud, jr, Iowa Falls-Alden; Lexi Fasbender, soph, Clear Lake.

Third Team — Olivia Huss, sr, St. Edmond; Nicole Smidt, jr, Algona; Courtney Harle, soph, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows; Courtney Miller, soph, Hampton-Dumont; Darby Dodd, fr, Iowa Falls-Alden; Raven Kinnetz, fr, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows.