WCHS girls cold at start and end in loss to No. 5 Gaels

FORT DODGE – The Webster City girls’ basketball team played a pair of solid quarters in the middle of last night’s North Central Conference road clash against fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Fort Dodge St. Edmond.

But those first and fourth quarters … ugh.

St. Edmond bookended the game with 17-2 and 10-0 runs to extinguish the Lynx modest two-game win streak fairly easily, 66-25, inside the Gael Gym. It wasn’t the final tally that frustrated WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch though; it was the effort over those final eight minutes.

“I think we played hard for three quarters and we didn’t for one,” Muhlenbruch said. “Our goal is to get better and sometimes you have to ignore the scoreboard and work on doing the little things better.

“We’ve got to work on consistency and confidence because these girls are good ball players. They’ve just got to believe it.”

All-conference standouts Anna Yung and Alli Huss both peeled off 20 points for league-leading St. Edmond (18-1, 16-1 NCC). They combined to drain six 3-pointers; Huss led the charge with four.

“How do you play Huss?” Muhlenbruch wondered. “She had some nice moves under the basket, but then she popped out and made four 3-pointers. She’s just one of those all-around good players.”

It was similar to the first meeting when the tandem combined for 45 points in a 39-point Gael victory.

WCHS (3-15, 3-12 NCC) failed to put anyone in double figures. Lynne Chalfant knocked down a pair of 3s and scored six points; Gabbi Hoversten joined her with six points.

Cassidy Bultena added four points, seven rebounds and three assists. Hannah Myers scored just one point, but yanked down eight boards.

The Lynx will try to shake off the loss and start another winning streak on Friday when they return home to take on Humboldt at 6:15 p.m.