Seniors unleash offensive explosion, Lynx bury ’Dogs

Halle Mason (10) scored a game-high 19 points in the WCHS win on Friday. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

WEBSTER CITY — Webster City’s five veterans couldn’t have asked for a better Senior Night on Friday.

And there was so much to celebrate.

A pair of single-season records, the first double-digit wins total in 12 years and a 64-25 rout of Hampton-Dumont had the entire team smiling. And Lynx head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch couldn’t stop gushing about her five seniors — Haley Flaws, Halle Mason, Sarah Vogelbacher, Stacey Meyer and Cassidy Nerland — who accounted for 50 of the team’s points.

“It was just a really good night and it’s what you wanted for them on that special night,” Muhlenbruch said of her seniors. “They all came out and just did a really nice job.”

Nerland scored 10 points and pulled down 14 rebounds, giving her 230 caroms on the season. That tied the single-season record of 230 held by Erin Greenley since 2001.

Haley Flaws was one of five WCHS seniors that helped to contribute 50 points in Friday’s 64-25 win over Hampton-Dumont. DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

Already the program’s 5-player record-holder for single-game and career rebounds, Nerland cemented her status as the best boards cleaner that WCHS has had since it shifted from 6-on-6 nearly 25 years ago.

“You’ll look at her stats and you kind of take it for granted,” Muhlenbruch said of Nerland. “You know she’s going to have 10 or 11 or 12 rebounds and it’s just like oh yeah, she did it again. I’m not surprised anymore when I see that she has that many rebounds.”

A second-half 3-pointer by Taylor McKinney was her 44th of the season, which broke the single-season record of 43 held by Trisha Crystal since 2006. McKinney, who is already the program’s all-time 3-point field goals record holder as a sophomore, finished with seven points.

But this game was all about the seniors.

As Hampton-Dumont (7-13, 5-8 NCC) again focused its efforts on containing McKinney, Mason torched the Bulldogs for a season-high 19 points to go along with six rebounds. Vogelbacher had the green light from deep and cashed in on four 3s for 12 points. Vogelbacher canned three triples in the first quarter, the final one at the buzzer to stake WCHS (10-9, 7-6 NCC) to an 18-5 lead.

DFJ photo/Tracy Runneberg

Flaws added seven points and four assists and Meyer chipped in a bucket. Nerland also had three assists and two steals.

Muhlenbruch was pleased that her team was able to brush off last Tuesday’s frustrating 41-39 loss to Fort Dodge St. Edmond.

“Sometimes you maybe have to have those hard knocks to appreciate those nights like (Friday),” she said.

Hampton-Dumont, which never scored more than eight points in a quarter, got all of its points from three players. Courtney Miller led the way with 12.

Webster City 64, Hamp-Dum 25

Friday at Webster City

Hampton-Dumont (7-13, 5-8 NCC) — Kaci Arjes 1 0-0 2, Patty Teggatz 0 0-0 0, Maci Arjes 0 0-0 0, Calista Polk 0 0-0 0, Courtney Miller 5 1-1 12, Ally Hanson 0 0-0 0, Makayla Severs 4 3-6 11. Totals: 10 4-7 25.

Webster City (10-9, 7-6 NCC) — Haley Flaws 2 3-4 7, Taylor McKinney 2 2-4 7, Halle Mason 7 2-2 19, Sarah Vogelbacher 4 0-0 12, Atlanta Hopp 0 0-0 0, Zoey Woodle 2 0-0 4, Stacey Meyer 1 0-0 2, Grace Hoversten 1 1-3 3, Adalie Schwandt 0 0-0 0, Cassidy Nerland 4 2-3 10. Totals: 24 10-16 64.

Hamp-Dum 5 8 4 8 — 25

Webster City 18 15 20 11 — 64

3-point field goals — H-D 1 (Miller); WC 6 (Vogelbacher 4, Mason, McKinney). Rebounds — WC 32 (Nerland 14, Mason 6). Steals — WC 5 (Woodle 2, Nerland 2). Assists — WC 13 (Flaws 4, Nerland 3). Team fouls — H-D 16, WC 10. Fouled out — none.