SLUMP BUSTER: WCHS goes on attack early, ends slide against Garrigan

WEBSTER CITY – Marty McKinney may have gone the begging route over the last four days. Whatever he said or did, it worked.

Imploring his team to bring more energy to the floor early in games – something that was sorely lacking during the first month of the season – the Webster City boys’ basketball coach finally got his wish last night as his squad scored in bunches early to build a big lead and the Lynx never looked back in a 60-46 North Central Conference victory over Algona Bishop Garrigan.

Making the extra pass led to quality looks at the basket in the first quarter and the efficiency translated into a 19-7 advantage after eight minutes. WCHS (3-5, 3-4 NCC), which ended a three-game slide and sent the Golden Bears to their fifth consecutive loss, distributed 10 assists in the first half and finished with 18 in the game.

“When things aren’t going well you’ve got to change things up or you’re going to get what you got, and that’s what we did,” McKinney said. “It was just a matter of coming out and executing and we did that.

“One of the goals we wrote on the board in the locker roon before the game was to have more assists than turnovers and we were almost two-to-one in that category, so that was good.”

Mason Myers had the hot hand early, but he had plenty of help. He scored 10 of his 15 points during the initial 16 minutes, and Avery Fuhs led the Lynx with 16 points. Twin brother Alec Fuhs knocked down two of the team’s four 3s and netted eight, as did Ben Mossman.

Five different players scored in the crucial first quarter that essentially put the Golden Bears away.

Garrigan (3-6, 2-5 NCC) cut its deficit to 30-21 at the half, but WCHS responded with a 15-9 run in the third quarter to extend its lead to double digits.

Chris Loss notched 14 points for the Golden Bears, but WCHS limited Nathan Krieps to 11 – more than seven below his season average. Mossman got the defensive assignment on Krieps and he hounded him all over the front court after he crossed the center line.

“(Krieps) is a very good player and we knew that he was the key to their offense,” McKinney said. “Ben did a great job, but it was a team defensive thing; he got some good help. They were able to score some inside the paint so it wasn’t perfect, but we’ll take it.”

The win didn’t come without its future problems. Senior guard Trey Tesdahl got the start, but limped off the floor just 20 seconds into the game with a foot injury and his status for upcoming games is questionable. And Colt Richardson, a sophomore forward who came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 12 points, left in the fourth quarter with a concussion. McKinney says he’s likely to miss at least a week.