North Linn is The One in 1-vs.-1 battle with Springville

Lynx handle Orioles, 64-47, move to 18-0

North Linn’s Grace Flanagan pulls in a rebound around Springville’s Sami Johnson during the teams’ first meeting this season in December. North Linn won both games. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
North Linn’s Grace Flanagan pulls in a rebound around Springville’s Sami Johnson during the teams’ first meeting this season in December. North Linn won both games. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

TROY MILLS — The North Linn Lynx were at full attention. And in the first half, at full efficiency.

The Class 2A top-ranked Lynx dissected Springville’s zone before intermission, and handled the 1A No. 1 Orioles, 64-47, in a Tri-Rivers Conference girls’ basketball game Tuesday night at North Linn High School.

“Offensively, it was the best half we’ve played all season,” Lynx Coach Brian Wheatley said. “(Friday) at East Buchanan, that was the worst half we played all season.”

“Maybe it was a lack of focus (Friday),” said Kylie Kurt, who came off the bench to lead the Lynx (18-0 overall, 16-0 Tri-Rivers) with 16 points. “But it was good to see everybody come together tonight.”

The Lynx shot 71 percent (15 of 21) in a first half in which they collected 14 assists. They led, 39-23, at intermission and stretched the margin to 22 before the Orioles (16-3, 15-2) closed the gap somewhat.

“We share the ball really well,” Wheatley said. “We don’t have a 25-point-per-game scorer. Instead, we’ve got six different kids that have led us in scoring.

Tuesday, that was Kurt, who hit three 3-pointers in the first quarter, including two in a 13-0 blitz in the last 1:50 of the period for a 27-15 lead.


“That was really exciting,” said Ashley Tull, who posted 15 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. “I think our focus is back, but against Springville, you’re always expecting the comeback.”

The two-time defending 1A state champion, Springville cut a 45-23 deficit to 47-34 late in the third period before the Lynx restored order.

Grace Flanagan and Anna LeGrand added nine points apiece, and Abby Flanagan tallied eight. Both Flanagans distributed four assists.

All-staters Rylee Menster and Mikayla Nachazel scored 14 and 10 points, respectively, for Springville.

“We should buy those two a graduation present, because they’ve been a handful over the years,” Wheatley said. “It’s hard to stop those two. But with our length, I think we were able to disrupt their offense a little bit.”

In the boys' game, Jake Hilmer scored 22 points, Ryan Miller added 20 and three others reached double figures as North Linn stayed unbeaten, 99-35.


At Troy Mills

SPRINGVILLE (47): Nichole Kane 2-9 0-0 5, Rylee Menster 5-11 4-5 14, Madi Wagaman 2-6 1-2 5, Alyssa Jaeger 2-3 1-2 5, Mikayla Nachazel 4-13 0-0 10, Sami Johnson 3-5 0-0 6, Mel Nulle 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-49 6-9 47.

NORTH LINN (64): Grace Flanagan 4-11 0-0 9, Abby Flanagan 4-9 0-1 8, Anna LeGrand 3-4 2-3 9, Ashley Tull 5-13 5-9 15, Emma Ware 2-2 0-0 4, Kylie Kurt 4-5 5-6 16, Sydney Burke 1-2 0-0 3, Hannah Bridgewater 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-46 12-19 64.


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Halftime: North Linn 39, Springville 23. 3-point goals: Springville 3-15 (Kane 1-7, Menster 0-3, Jaeger 0-1, Nachazel 2-3, Johnson 0-1), North Linn 6-16 (G.Flanagan 1-5, A.Flanagan 0-5, LeGrand 1-1, Kurt 3-4, Burke 1-1). Team fouls: Springville 16, North Linn 12. Fouled out: none. Rebounds: Springville 30 (Nachazel 7), North Linn 29 (Tull 9). Assists: Springville 13 (Menster, Johnson 3), North Linn 19 (Tull 5). Steals: Springville 5 (Menster 2), North Linn 12 (Tull 4). Turnovers: Springville 17, North Linn 13.

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