No. 6 Gaels blitz Lynx with press, win comfortably

WEBSTER CITY – Having the best player in the North Central Conference makes sixth-ranked (Class 2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond a formidable foe. But having arguably the two best players? That’s not even fair.

Junior Anna Yung and senior Alli Huss showed off their entire repertoires at the offensive end of the court last night inside the WCHS gymnasium, as they combined to score 47 points in the Gaels’ 63-24 victory over Webster City.

Yung, the league’s leading scorer entering the contest, did all of her damage in the first half. She drove at will, knocked down 3-pointers and was a perfect 5 of 5 at the line for her 25 points. Huss wasn’t bad in the first 16 minutes either; she put up 18 of her 22 to help St. Edmond (5-0, 5-0 NCC) build an insurmountable 53-15 cushion.

“They’re 3-point shooters, they can post up and they’re just really quality ballplayers,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said of the Gael stars. “You can’t take anything away from them because they’re an excellent team. Those girls understand the game and when there’s an opening or weakness in the other team they know how to capitalize.”

St. Edmond tortured WCHS (0-6, 0-5 NCC) with a full-court press throughout the first half, and the Gaels didn’t let up until the margin was 40 points. The Lynx piled up 24 of their 30 turnovers during the initial two quarters. Nine of their first-half miscues and 16 in all occurred in the backcourt against the press.

“We were indecisive and we missed situations that maybe we could have capitalized on,” Muhlenbruch said.

The entire second half was played under a running clock due to St. Edmond’s advantage never dipping under 35 points.

Cassidy Bultena came off the Lynx bench and provided a team-high seven points and three rebounds. Chelsey Wagoner chipped in six points.

WCHS went just 8 of 31 from the field.

Still looking for their first win, the Lynx will travel to Humboldt on Friday. Muhlenbruch admits she’s still searching for the answers, but she doesn’t question the commitment of her players.

“We’re all frustrated. I won’t lie about that and we’re questioning ourselves,” she said. “But I couldn’t ask for a better group of girls. They’re staying positive, they’re staying supportive of each other and you can’t ask anything more than that from your kids.”