WCHS girls have no answer for No. 9 Lions in loss

CLEAR LAKE – Ninth-ranked (Class 3A) Clear Lake imposed its will from the opening tip and never relented in a dominant win over Webster City in a North Central Conference girls’ basketball tilt here last night.

The Lions (3-1, 3-0 NCC) scored the game’s first five points in the blink of an eye, applied their full-court pressure and simply took the Lynx (0-4, 0-3) out of everything they wanted to do in a 72-27 victory.

“They mentally took us out of the game,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “They got in our heads and I think that sealed the deal.”

It was 21-5 in favor of the Lions after a quarter and they tacked on 27 more points in the second to build a 48-12 halftime cushion.

Lindsey Loudenburg and Trudy Peterson both scored 13 points for Clear Lake. Logan Anderson (11), Erika Gonzalez (11) and Katie Hewett (10) also scored in double figures.

The Lions were so proficient at the offensive end that WCHS managed just nine rebounds; Gabbi Hoversten, Hannah Myers and Mikala Harrill all had three.

Allie Flaws dropped in eight points for the Lynx. Harrill finished with six and Chelsey Wagoner knocked down the team’s lone 3-pointer and finished with five.

Hoversten pitched in four points, four assists and three steals.

Muhlenbruch admitted that it was a frustrating evening on the floor, but she isn’t about to let her players try to erase it from their memory banks.

“If you don’t remember these moments then you may repeat them,” she said. “Every game is a learning experience and that’s how we’ve got to look at it.”

WCHS will return home to take on Clarion-Goldfield Friday night at 6:15 p.m.