IOWA FALLS - Putting four equally strong quarters together continues to be the challenge for the Webster City girls' basketball team.
The second, third and fourth quarters weren't harmful here Friday night. But the first quarter was a different story.
With all-conference guard Jamie Peterson raining in eight of her game-high 19 points during the initial 8 minutes, Iowa Falls-Alden stormed out to a 14-2 lead and never really looked back on its way to a 52-35 North Central Conference victory over the Lynx.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City’s Hannah Myers (left), Mikala Harrill (back) and Emily Elm (13) all fight Iowa Falls-Alden’s Saje Ites for a rebound during the first half on Friday.
WCHS (0-3, 0-2 NCC) stayed within five points of the Cadets (2-0, 2-0 NCC) over the final 24 minutes of action, but there was simply no way to erase the early rough patch.
"We got down by 12 points early and that was pretty much the game," WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. "Every game there's something we do well, but we haven't put all of the aspects together yet. Just give us some time and we'll get everything put together and be OK."
Peterson knocked down two shots in the game's opening 2 minutes when the Cadets jumped ahead 6-0. She scored 13 in the first half to help IF-A build a 25-10 cushion.
Iowa Falls-Alden 52, Webster City 35
Webster City (0-3, 0-2 NCC) - Emily Elm 3 0-0 8, Kelsey Lindmark 5 0-1 11, Hannah Myers 1 0-0 2, Mikaleh McCoy 0 1-2 1, Cambria Hoffmann 0 1-2 1, Erin Anderson 0 0-0 0, Rachel Kauffman 4 0-0 8, Emma White 1 0-2 2, Mikala Harrill 1 0-0 2. Totals: 15 2-7 35.
Iowa Falls-Alden (2-0, 2-0 NCC) - Lindsay Barnhart 4 1-7 9, Jamie Peterson 7 4-7 19, Sarah Adams 2 0-0 4, Harli Janes 2 0-0 4, Mary Jane Halder 1 0-2 2, Shelby Wilcox 2 1-3 6, Samantha Kluesner 1 0-0 2, Delaney Vierkandt 0 0-1 0, Brenna Bowden 0 0-0 0, Saje Ites 3 0-0 6. Totals: 22 6-23 52.
Quarter scores - IF-A led 14-2, 25-10 and 36-22. 3-point field goals - WCHS 3 (Elm 2, Lindmark); IF-A 2 (Peterson, Wilcox). Rebounds - WCHS 33 (Myers 6, Kauffman 6, Harrill 5). Steals - WCHS 10 (Kauffman 4, Elm 2, Harrill 2). Assists - WCHS 4 (Kauffman 3). Team fouls - WCHS 19, IF-A 13. Fouled out - none.
"She's a good ballplayer and you can't take anything away from her," Muhlenbruch said of Peterson. "I didn't want to go to a box-and-one because I believe in our man defense, but they just screened enough to get her open."
As was the case in its first two outings, WCHS seemed to have an invisible barricade surrounding its bucket, particularly early on. Rachel Kauffman scored the team's first basket 3 minutes in, and the senior forward had all six of the team's points until Emily Elm offered a little help with a 15-foot jumper from the corner with 1:45 left in the first half.
Kauffman and Elm both finished with eight points. Kauffman also piled up six rebounds, four steals and three assists; Elm collected two steals.
The Lynx made just 5 of 30 shots (17 percent) in the opening half and they were 15 of 64 (23 percent) overall.
Kelsey Lindmark came off the bench and led WCHS with 11 points - all coming in the second half. Mikala Harrill also helped out in a reserve role with a bucket, five rebounds and two steals.
Hannah Myers snagged a team-best six caroms in the loss.
Lindsay Barnhart provided the Cadets with nine points. IF-A didn't do itself any favors at the free throw line, connecting on just 6 of 23 shots.