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Humboldt girls too much for Lynx

MARISSA HEDEEN shoots for Webster City on Friday night against Humboldt in the Jefferson Gym. (DFJ photo by Tyler Anderson)

From the perspective of Webster City head girls’ basketball coach Mark Fisher, his team taking small steps in the right direction. Even if that final score indicates otherwise.

The Lynx girls had some growing pains in their North Central Conference clash with Humboldt, as Webster City fell to the Wildcats by way of a 73-27 result this past Friday evening at the historic Jefferson Gymnasium in Webster City.

Webster City trailed by one point in the closing moments of first quarter, before the Wildcats ran away with their fourth consecutive win.

“It’s one of those games where the score doesn’t quite tell the whole story,” Fisher said. “Despite giving up 73 points, I thought we actually played some of our best basketball, defensively. We knew they’d be tough on that end, but I was really happy with the way we defended as a team.

“We did a good job guarding their actions, a good job getting to shooters, rotating and scrambling in help. We rebounded fairly well, forced one shot clock violation and came close to a few more. I thought our issues were more on the offensive end, as we didn’t finish as well as we would have liked and let their pressure bother us. A lot of those bad misses and turnovers led to a lot of their points. That’s something we as coaches have to continue to do a better job of working with them on and preparing them for.”

The Lynx dipped down to 5-14 overall with a 2-10 in the NCC, while Humboldt improved to 10-3 in conference play and 13-6 overall.

Webster City will host NCC opponent Iowa Falls-Alden for Senior Night, set for Tuesday at the Jeff Gym. Tip-off between the Lynx and the Cadets is scheduled for 6:15 p.m.

Leading the way for the Lynx on the hardwood was junior Ava Peterson, who scored eight points with four rebounds, followed by senior Alley Odland’s six points and two boards. Senior Livia Kasch turned in six points, while junior Addyson Beaulieu, teammate Joleah Stuhr and sophomore Olivia Gallentine each churned out two points against the Wildcats.

“This is a group that has been steadily showing improvement all year,” Fisher said of his team. “While we struggled in some areas and the score was a bit lopsided, there were also a lot of good things to take away and areas where we showed growth.”

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