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Kasch, Miller and Stoakes propel Lynx to first win

JEFFERSON — The Webster City girls’ basketball team was late to the party Tuesday night. Really late, actually, and maybe that was a good thing.

The Lynx team bus arrived at the Greene County Middle School, only to find out their non-conference game against the Rams was being played inside the new high school gymnasium. By the time WCHS reached the correct destination, the team’s warm-up time was significantly reduced.

Two hours later there was a common theme running throughout the WCHS locker room — perhaps the team should show up late to every game.

“It was just a really, really weird night,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “We got there late and only had five minutes to warm up … the whole demeanor in the locker room, the whole demeanor in warmups were so different.”

Different was good.

Energized by a slew of close losses, WCHS (1-5) vented its frustrations at the expense of Greene County in a 53-18 rout. The Lynx led 11-0 six minutes into the contest, increased the lead to 18 points by the half and a whopping 31 points after three quarters.

In other words, there was no chance of Greene County (2-4) staging a fourth-quarter rally.

“This was definitely needed,” Muhlenbruch said. “We’ve had a lot of adversity and the girls have come through it. (Tuesday night) was exactly what they needed to prove they can turn it around.”

Veterans Leah Kasch, Jenna Miller and Kelly Stoakes took the lead, as they combined for all 14 of the Lynx first-quarter points and 41 of the overall total. Kasch poured in 16 points, Miller finished with 13 and Stoakes had 12. Kasch also corralled six rebounds, Stoakes registered five steals and three assists, and Miller added three steals. WCHS picked the Rams’ pockets 19 times in all and forced 25 turnovers.

“It was good to see all three of them hit their shots and knock down some free throws,” Muhlenbruch sad. “Everyone was having fun and that made them relax.”

Sadie Wilson provided Greene County with half of its points courtesy of three 3-point buckets.

Webster City 53, Greene County 18

Tuesday at Jefferson

Webster City (1-5) — Fallon Casey 1 0-0 2, Chloe Andersen 0 0-0 0, Kelly Stoakes 5 1-2 12, Alley Odland 2 0-0 4, Leah Kasch 6 2-4 16, Dasha Sankey 0 0-0 0, Aurora Weidemann 1 0-0 2, Shelby Queen 0 0-0 0, Abby Gallentine 0 0-0 0, Livia Kasch 1 0-0 2, Jenna Miller 4 3-3 13, Trinity Griffith 0 0-0 0, Reese Casey 1 0-1 2. Totals: 21 6-10 53.

Greene County (2-4) — Brianna Habben 2 0-2 4, Eliza Carlson 1 0-0 2, Brianna Osterson 0 0-0 0, Makala Kafer 1 1-2 3, Lily Muir 0 0-0 0, Natalie Heupel 0 0-0 0, Alexa Peters 0 0-0 0, Kamryn Sanders 0 0-0 0, Sadie Wilson 3 0-0 9, Emma Hoyle 0 0-0 0, Ashlynn Hinners 0 0-0 0. Totals: 7 1-5 18.

Web City 14 15 18 6 — 53

Greene Cty 5 6 5 2 — 18

3-point field goals — WC 5 (Le. Kasch 2, Miller 2, Stoakes); GC 3 (Wilson 3). Rebounds — WC 18 (Le. Kasch 6). Steals — WC 19 (Stoakes 5, Miller 3, Odland 3). Assists — WC 8 (Stoakes 3). Turnovers — WC 12. Team fouls — WC 12, GC 11. Fouled out — none.

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