Huge edge at FT line allows Saydel to get by Lynx by 10 in 4A regional

DES MOINES – A glaring discrepancy at the free throw line essentially squashed any chance the Webster City girls’ basketball team had of moving on in Class 4A Region 7 here last night.

Saydel took advantage of a 36-10 edge in free throw attempts and outscored the Lynx 22-6 at the line en route to a 56-46 quarterfinal-round victory on its home floor.

WCHS (4-18) was whistled for 24 fouls compared to 15 on Saydel (13-10), and key contributors Hannah Myers and Cassidy Bultena both fouled out.

“It was very frustrating because the girls left absolutely everything out on the court,” WCHS head coach Nicole Muhlenbruch said. “I don’t mind if (referees) call a close game or let the girls play, but I think you need to be equal to both teams.”

WCHS made two more shots from the field and two more 3-pointers, but it wasn’t enough to mask the 16-point disadvantage at the line.

Sophomore guard Allie Flaws had arguably her best game of the season in a losing effort with 17 points and four steals. Myers and Gabbi Hoversten both chipped in nine points and two blocks; Myers also corralled a game-high 13 rebounds.

Chelsey Wagoner returned to the floor for the first time in more than a month to score five points.

Saydel received double-digit production from four players. Emma Bowman and Brooklyn Allgood both finished with 14 points, Cassie Chubb added 13 and Makenzie Pyles contributed 10.

The Eagles advanced to Saturday’s regional semifinal round at Boone (11-11).