Humboldt ends Lynx season in 4A regional quarters

HUMBOLDT – A rough season on the hardwood came to an end for the Webster City girls’ basketball team here last night in a Class 4A Region 1 quarterfinal-round contest.

With the winter-long trend of offensive inefficiency continuing, the Lynx trailed from start to finish in a 42-29 loss to North Central Conference rival Humboldt.

WCHS (2-20), which ended the season on a 15-game losing streak, connected on just 12 of 49 shots from the floor; the 24 percent success was slightly below their season average of 27 percent.

“We missed bunny after bunny after bunny, but it wasn’t anything different than all year. We just don’t shoot well,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said.

Humboldt (9-13) was led in scoring by Lauren Friesth with 11 points and Kinzie Wright with 10. The Wildcats’ win – their third of the season over the Lynx – advanced them to Saturday’s semifinal round against Spencer (11-10) on the Tigers’ home court.

Hannah Myers paced the Lynx with seven points. Mikala Harrill added six and Emily Elm checked in with five.

Myers (six), McCoy (six) and Rachel Kauffman (five) combined for 17 rebounds. Kelsey Lindmark contributed four points and five steals.

WCHS climbed to as close as eight in the fourth quarter and had back-to-back possessions with a chance to cut into Humboldt’s lead even further, but both resulted in turnovers.

“The girls did a great job of breaking the press, but then we’d get in the half-court and travel or throw a bad pass … it was tough,” Muhlenbruch said.

Despite the frustrating season between the lines, Muhlenbruch said the team effort – most notably from senior leaders Elm, Lindmark, Kauffman, Cambria Hoffmann, Erin Anderson and Emma White – was always solid.

“Wins and losses it’s been a tough season, but the girls were always troopers,” she said. “They’ve been positive and they didn’t do a bit of complaining all season long.”