WCHS boys endure frustrating third quarter, fall to Wildcats by 9

HUMBOLDT – A cold third quarter offensively and defensive inconsistencies were key culprits in the second straight loss for the Webster City boys’ basketball team here Friday night.

Ahead by six at the half, Humboldt outscored WCHS 18-8 in the third quarter and built its lead to as many as 20 early in the fourth quarter in a 72-63 victory.

The Lynx (2-4, 2-3 NCC) sliced that large deficit to five with just under two minutes remaining and had possession of the ball with a chance to get even closer, but Humboldt (6-1, 5-1 NCC) did what it needed to do to survive and win its fifth straight.

“You have to give them credit because they are a very good basketball team and they are very balanced,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “You can’t just focus and key on two guys because they’ve got a ton of guys that can score. But at the same time, our team defense is nowhere near where it needs to be. We definitely know what we need to focus on over the (Christmas) break.”

Humboldt received double-digit offensive production from five different players, led by Jaxon Heinz with 15 points. Austin Zylstra and Nick Heider both had 14, Brady Ross dropped in 12 and Jack Curran added 11.

Zylstra (three), Heinz (two) and Heider (two) combined to bomb the Lynx with seven 3-pointers.

Mason Myers continued to round into form in his second game of the season and led WCHS with 16 points and five rebounds. Avery Fuhs poured in 15 points to go along with three steals, and Ben Mossman and Colt Richardson chipped in 10 points.

“I give our kids a lot of credit because they really battled back and we played well in that fourth quarter,” McKinney said. “But we can’t fall that far behind against a good basketball team and expect to win.”

WCHS will now take a break before it returns to the court on Friday, Jan. 3 at Hampton-Dumont.