Lynx boys regain swagger, beat NCC rival ’Dogs handily

HAMPTON – This wasn’t about last Friday. OK, so maybe it was just a little.

Still seething from a 63-44 thumping at the hands of Humboldt in its last outing, the Webster City boys’ basketball team released its frustrations on Hampton-Dumont last night in a 65-28 North Central Conference destruction.

The Lynx (9-9, 9-7 NCC) stormed out to a 42-17 halftime lead and then outscored the Bulldogs (2-18, 2-15 NCC) 19-0 in the third quarter to turn the contest into a laugher.

“We really wanted to come out and play well,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said after his club climbed back to .500 on the season. “Nobody was happy with the performance Friday night, so we were eager to get back on the floor and prove Friday was kind of a fluke.

“Hampton has played fairly well lately, so we knew coming to their place, if we didn’t give our best effort it was going to be a ballgame. But the kids really came out from the start and dominated.”

Nobody was more efficient than Boone Myers – the Lynx 6-foot-5, senior center. Coming off arguably his poorest outing of the season in the loss to Humboldt, he rebounded with 21 points and eight rebounds to send the Bulldogs packing.

Myers hit all nine of his field goal attempts in the first half and finished 10 of 11 overall before going to the bench for good.

“Boone wasn’t happy about Friday,” McKinney said. “He was aggressive (last night) and his teammates did a nice job of finding him and getting him the ball.”

Ben Mossman lit it up from the outside and scored 11 points to go along with three assists. Cody Cambers came off the bench to pour in a career-high 10 points.

“Cody came in and gave us good energy and made the most of his minutes,” McKinney said.

Nick Olmstead also finsished with 10 points, and Mason Myers chipped in nine, three assists and two steals.

Charlie Flickinger and Parker Claypool led Hampton-Dumont with seven and six points, respectively. The Bulldogs made just 10 shots from the floor.

WCHS will be back at home on Friday to face Iowa Falls-Alden in a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader, beginning at 6:15 p.m. It will be a prelude to a Class 3A district semifinal showdown between the two teams set for later this month in Iowa Falls.