Chalfant catches fire from arc, Lynx girls thump IF-A by 15

IOWA FALLS – Sometimes it’s better not to ask why.

That’s the approach that Webster City girls’ basketball coach Nicole Muhlenbruch will take into the postseason. In recent games the light has come on above her players’ heads and that trend continued last night as the Lynx put together arguably their best game in a 47-32 romp past North Central Conference rival Iowa Falls-Alden on the final night of the regular season.

Muhlenbruch couldn’t ask for a better way to get her players motivated for the start of Class 4A regionals next week.

“This is huge, absolutely huge. If you want momentum this is the time of year you want it,” Muhlenbruch said. “We really aren’t doing anything differently, so I don’t know if things have just started to click or what.”

WCHS (4-17, 4-14 NCC) took control with a 10-0 spurt over the final 2 minutes of the first half that pushed their lead to double digits, 32-20. Lynne Chalfant buried back-to-back 3-pointers to start the surge, Cassidy Bultena followed with a long jumper and Chalfant ended it with a 16-footer to send the Lynx into the locker room on a high.

Another big key – besides a 16-5 second-quarter run – to the first-half show was the fact that WCHS turned the ball over just twice. The Lynx finished with 11 overall.

“The girls were extremely focused (at halftime) and I was happy to see that,” Muhlenbruch said. “I was impressed because it shows we’ve matured as a team.”

Chalfant stayed hot after the break with her third and fourth 3s to extend the advantage to 15. She scored a team-high 14 and Bultena finished with 11 off the bench.

The Lynx shot 50 percent from behind the arc (five of 10).

Saje Ites poured in a game-high 20 points for Iowa Falls-Alden (3-18, 3-15), but she was limited to just five points in the second half. Sophia Wibholm added eight.

Allie Flaws turned her defense – she collected a game-high five steals – into offense and scored seven points in the win. She also dished out four assists.

WCHS was strong on the glass as well with 33 rebounds. Mikala Harrill led the way with nine; Bultena and Hannah Myers both ripped down five, and Gabbi Hoversten and Alex Dinsdale had four each.

Now it’s on to postseason preparations. WCHS will travel to the north side of Des Moines next Wednesday to face Saydel in a regional quarterfinal at 7 p.m.