Flaws, Dinsdale and Chalfant lead WCHS girls to OT upset over Garrigan

ALGONA – Nicole Muhlenbruch wouldn’t go as far as saying her team needed this win, but …

Her team really, really, really needed this win.

After a rough stretch of games in recent weeks, the Webster City girls’ basketball team showcased its toughness away from home here last night and upset Algona Bishop Garrigan in overtime, 55-53.

“With all the stuff we’ve been through, to watch the girls keep their composure … maybe we’ve turned the corner,” Muhlenbruch, the Lynx head coach, said. “Maybe this is what we needed. Maybe this is why we went through all that stuff to show our resiliency and toughness.”

It didn’t hurt that WCHS (2-14, 2-11 NCC) showed that it can be consistent and balanced at the offensive end. The Lynx didn’t take a quarter off and put three players in double figures, led by Allie Flaws with 18 points. Alex Dinsdale pitched in 11 and Lynne Chalfant dropped in 10.

“You can’t win with just one girl having a big night,” Muhlenbruch said. “You need three or four girls in double figures and when we’ve had that we’ve been in the games.”

Flaws, a sophomore point guard, drained three 3-pointers and Chalfant, a junior, canned two shots from outside the arc.

WCHS jumped in front for good midway through the third quarter. Garrigan (7-10, 7-7 NCC) – a 42-28 winner over the Lynx when the two teams met in Webster City on Jan. 7 – was able to knot the game at 47 at the end of regulation.

Catie Boyd came off the bench and provided a pivotal free throw in the final minute of OT that gave the Lynx a two-possession lead. She was forced to the line after Hannah Myers was hurt while being fouled.

Myers had three points, a team-high eight rebounds and three steals. Dinsdale came up with six boards.

Nicole Behr had the hot hand for the Golden Bears with 17 points. Olivia Vaske added 14 and Kristin Condoleon finished with nine.