Rough outing defensively sends Lynx boys to NCC loss

CLEAR LAKE – Marty McKinney coached basketball teams just don’t give up 73 points.

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The Webster City boys’ basketball coach was noticeably irritated last night following his squad’s 73-60 loss to North Central Conference rival Clear Lake. The Lynx were out-rebounded 26-12 and allowed the Lions to score at will from close range in the setback.

“You’re going to get beat when you give up 73 points, it’s that simple,” McKinney said. “We’ve taken a lot of pride in our defense in the five or six years that I’ve coached and we knew that we’d probably give up some more points than usual this year, but this is not what we had in mind.”

Pete Swenson had a career night for Clear Lake (8-3, 7-3 NCC) with 26 points – 16 above his season average – and he also one-upped WCHS all by himself on the glass with 13 boards.

“You have to give (Swenson) credit because he played with a ton of heart,” McKinney said. “I think he had six offensive rebounds … he wanted it. He played with passion and he got after it.”

Spencer Davidson knocked in 15 points to help the Lions preserve the two-game regular season sweep of the Lynx. Gavin Sheakley and Bryson Hamilton both chipped in nine.

Clear Lake outscored WCHS (4-8, 4-6 NCC) 25-13 in the second quarter to take command for good. The Lions led 55-42 after the third period.

The Lynx made a surge over the final 8 minutes, closing to within four, 64-60, with 2 minutes remaining. But a pair of Swenson free throws ignited a 9-0 Clear Lake spurt to close it out.

Senior Nick Olmstead and sophomore Mason Myers kept WCHS in contention with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Myers canned four 3-point buckets in the contest.

Colby Larson came off the bench to provide a season-high nine points. Ben Mossman joined him with nine.

WCHS will return home on Friday to take on Clarion-Goldfield.