Eagles send WCHS girls to 10th consecutive setback

EAGLE GROVE – One losing streak came to an end while another continued here Friday night.

Shackled by a 13-game skid when it stepped onto the court, Eagle Grove tasted success for the first time since No. 27 with a 54-37 North Central Conference girls’ basketball victory over Webster City. The Lynx, meanwhile, suffered their 10th consecutive setback; they haven’t won since they topped Eagle Grove, 57-53, on Dec. 14.

“It’s not that the girls didn’t work hard and it’s not that they didn’t fight, but nothing went our way,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “We had 3-pointers that looked like they would drop, but then spin back out. Things like that.”

WCHS (2-15, 2-12 NCC) shot right at its season average of 26 percent (13 of 50) from the field – a statistic that jumps off the page in Muhlenbruch’s eyes, and she says that simply isn’t good enough to get it done.

“We’re not taking bad shots, but we’re just not shooting well,” she said. “(The coaches) can help them and give them pointers, but we can’t put up 200 shots in practice, we just don’t have the time. I’ve told all of our underclassmen that shooting is something they need to come in during the summer and work on. They need to be shooting every day; that’s the only way they’re going to get better.”

Eagle Grove (2-15, 2-14 NCC) owned a 19-10 scoring advantage at the free throw line and received 14 points from Sam Kruckenberg and Kylee Almond. Almond canned three 3-point baskets to help the Eagles navigate from start to finish, as they led 26-14 at the intermission and 37-26 after three quarters.

The rivals combined to shoot 61 free throws; they were whistled for 53 fouls and the Lynx had three players – Kelsey Lindmark, Emily Elm and Mikaleh McCoy – foul out.

Hannah Myers returned from a two-game absence because of injury to score 13 points and pull down seven rebounds in the loss. Rachel Kauffman, Emma White and Mikala Harrill all scored four points. Harrill also collected five rebounds and Kauffman piled up four steals.

Lynx senior Cambria Hoffmann was forced out of a second consecutive game because of a head injury. Muhlenbruch said her starting guard was diagnosed with a concussion, which will keep her sidelined for at least a week.

WCHS will return home on Tuesday to host conference leader Fort Dodge St. Edmond at 6:15 p.m.