Lynx lose lead, game vs Cowgirls

WEBSTER CITY – It was the perfect storm of misfortune, and it turned what looked to be a successful night into one of frustration.

Leading 22-10 following an Emily Elm jumper from the corner with 4:40 remaining in the third quarter, the well suddenly went dry for the Webster City girls’ basketball team Friday night inside the WCHS gymnasium.

Clarion-Goldfield outscored the Lynx 22-1 over the final 12:40, including 17-0 in the fourth quarter to storm back for a 32-23 North Central Conference victory.

The only WCHS point during the closing stretch was a Rachel Kauffman free throw – and she banked it in – late in the third quarter.

“We just couldn’t buy a basket,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said, “and then I think the girls lost confidence in themselves. And it wasn’t like they weren’t trying, but when things went bad they went really bad.”

The storm clouds rolled in when Lynx sophomore forward Mikaleh McCoy was relegated to the bench with four fouls midway through the third quarter. WCHS (2-10 NCC) had no solution in the middle because of the absence of reserve Mikala Harrill, who injured her knee in the junior varsity game earlier in the night.

Less than a minute later, fellow sophomore forward Hannah Myers crumpled to the floor with an ankle injury. She didn’t return.

“It was devastating,” Muhlenbruch said of the losses of the key contributors. “There were a lot of factors that went against us.”

Clarion-Goldfield (4-11, 4-9 NCC) seized control for good with 2:30 remaining on a banked-in 3-pointer from Jacy Anderson for a 26-23 lead.

The Cowgirls outscored the Lynx 15-1 at the foul line. It was similar to the first meeting – a 45-35 Clarion-Goldfield win on Dec. 7 – when they stepped to the charity stripe 27 times.

Jossie Sann scored nine of her game-high 15 points at the line. She shot 32 free throws in two games against the Lynx this season.

WCHS opened the second quarter on an 8-0 run and outscored the Cowgirls 12-2 during the 8-minute stretch to build a 16-8 halftime advantage.

Rachel Kauffman, Myers and McCoy all had four points during the opening half. Kauffman finished with a team-best seven to go along with 11 rebounds and two steals. Myers had five boards before being injured.

Gilbert bests Lynx

GILBERT – The difficult offensive stretch continued for Webster City Saturday night in a 33-19 non-conference loss to Gilbert.

The Lynx (2-13) – losers of eight straight games – made just eight shots from the field and were again trumped from the foul line, as the Tigers (9-9) held an 11-2 scoring advantage.

Kauffman led the way with six points and six rebounds. Harrill returned after missing Friday’s contest and snared 11 rebounds.