WCHS girls go cold in second, third quarters; Humboldt takes advantage and wins 57-31

WEBSTER CITY – Basketball always comes down to one simple thing – making shots.

Humboldt did that Friday night inside the WCHS gymnasium; Webster City did not.

The Wildcats splashed in five 3-pointers and three players score in double figures, as they rolled to a 57-31 North Central Conference victory over the Lynx.

Kessa Kuyper went off for a game-high 18 points. Lauren Friesth knocked down three triples and scored 13 points, and Avery Terwilliger nailed two 3s and finished with 11.

Humboldt (10-8, 10-6 NCC) took command in the middle two quarters as WCHS (3-16, 3-13 NCC) went ice cold from the field. The Wildcats went on a 30-10 run during those 16 minutes and never looked back.

“We just couldn’t make a basket. Not a single shot would fall for us,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “The girls were working hard and getting good shots, but they just wouldn’t fall.”

The Lynx finished with just 10 field goals. Hannah Myers and Allie Flaws both scored six points to lead the way. Gabbi Hoversten and Cassidy Bultena finished with five each; Bultena also collected three steals and distributed three assists. Myers ripped off eight rebounds.

Muhlenbruch says confidence, or a lack of it, continues to plague her squad, particularly at the offensive end of the floor.

“We’ve just got to get our confidence up offensively,” she said. “If you watch tem shoot around in practice, they’re good shooters. But when they get on the court it’s like their confidence goes away. I don’t know how else to explain it.”

WCHS will close out the regular season this week, beginning with a home date against Hampton-Dumont on Tuesday. The Lynx will travel to Iowa Falls-Alden on Thursday.