Larson rallies troops, Lynx get by Cowboys

WEBSTER CITY – Down 10 points with 7 minutes to go and lethargic at both ends of the floor, the challenge was leveled during a timeout.

“There was no real strategy talk. We just basically said how is this going to end?” Webster City boys’ basketball coach Marty McKinney said. “We can get tough and finish this the way we’re capable of or not because we were either going to get beat or come out swinging.”

The Lynx chose to come out swinging, and they landed a haymaker.

A concerted team effort produced a 21-7 WCHS run over the final 7:40 – just enough to allow the Lynx to jump past Clarion-Goldfield, 58-54, in a North Central Conference contest inside the WCHS gymnasium.

Trailing 47-37 when the timeout was called, WCHS (5-8, 5-6 NCC) reeled off 12 straight points out of the break to take the lead, and the Lynx finished the game by scoring six of the final eight points.

Reserve Colby Larson played a pivotal role in the rally. He scored back-to-back buckets and then delivered two assists during the 12-point surge. The second assist came on a drive and dish to Boone Myers, who threw down a one-handed dunk to bring the crowd to its feet.

Larson finished with eight points, four steals and three assists.

“Someone needed to step up and I figured why not me?” Larson said. “It’s a team sport, but everybody gets your chance.”

McKinney felt Larson’s play at both ends of the floor was instrumental.

“Colby has worked hard and earned those minutes that he’s getting, and he’s producing,” he said. “In that run he got some big steals, some big baskets and assists, and really provided us with some good minutes off the bench.”

It was tied at 52 with just over a minute remaining when Nick Olmstead took charge and scored four consecutive points for the Lynx – first on a pair of free throws and then on a lay-up – to give his team the edge for good.

Olmstead scored a game-high 16 points.

“Nick’s turned into a pretty good all-around ball player,” McKinney said.

Boone Myers notched 11 points and seven rebounds. He sat out the final 6:12 of the third quarter after picking up his third and fourth fouls in the opening 1:48 of the period. He went the distance in the fourth quarter without registering his fifth foul.

Ben Mossman added eight points and three assists, Mason Myers had seven points and Austin Myers collected four points and seven boards.

Luke Maxheimer (14), Stephen McAtee (13) and Max Gangestad (12) all scored in double figures for the Cowboys (5-9, 4-8 NCC), who saw their three-game win streak ended. McAtee provided his own highlight-reel dunk – a two-hand monster jam – during a 7-0 Clarion-Goldfield run in the third quarter.