Go-Hawks hammer Lynx by 39 points

WEBSTER CITY – Burn it, flush it … whatever means of disposal necessary, Webster City boys’ basketball coach Marty McKinney needs to say goodbye to the game tape from Saturday’s non-conference clash against Waverly-Shell Rock.

He needs to do it quickly, too.

Simply put, the Lynx were pushed around at both ends of the floor and the result was the most lopsided loss during McKinney’s tenure. The Go-Hawks blanked WCHS in the first quarter 22-0; they led by 27 points at the half and bullied their way to a 79-38 thrashing inside the WCHS gym.

“Obviously we’ve got to flush it, but we’ve got to learn from it,” McKinney

said. “They came in and imposed their will on us and we gave them very little resistance on our home floor.”

Winners of eight consecutive games, W-SR (9-2) ripped the net cords throughout and shot 65 percent from the field (31 of 48), including a staggering 64 percent from behind the 3-point arc (9 of 14). Yes, the Go-Hawks shot well, but WCHS allowed much of it to happen. W-SR got wide open looks from the perimeter and all too often drove to the basket for uncontested layups.

Conversely, W-SR was in the faces of the WCHS players from the opening tip.

“They get up in your face, they’re physical with you and we backed away from it,” McKinney said. “Then at the other end defensively we played the same way and you just can’t do that against good teams.

“This is a great non-conference game for us against a top-quality team and we kind of wasted that opportunity.”

Jake Velky poured in a game-high 21 points for the Go-Hawks. He opened the third quarter with three consecutive 3s and had 11 during the eight-minute stretch. Daniel Stensland scored the game’s first five points and finished with 15 and center Sean Westendorf stepped outside to drain a pair of 3s; he finished with nine points.

WCHS (5-6) missed all 12 of its first-quarter field goals attempts and didn’t get on the scoreboard until the 6:59 mark of the second quarter on a pair of free throws from Ben Mossman. A long 3 from the right wing by Mason Myers was the Lynx first field goal and it came with 5:47 remaining in the first half.

The Go-Hawks’ ball-hawking mentality forced nine first-half turnovers and 15 in the game.

“They play more aggressive (defense) than teams in our conference, but at the same time we knew that coming in,” McKinney said.

Velky’s torrid third quarter extended the Go-Hawks’ cushion to 61-23 leading into the final period.

Myers carried the WCHS offense with 19 points, nine coming from outside the arc. Alec Fuhs chipped in seven points and three rebounds; Ben Mossman had five points and Sean Vogelbacher contributed four points and three assists.

McKinney will quickly attempt the regrouping process, as second-ranked (Class 3A) Clear Lake comes to town on Tuesday.

Season-high 8 3s pushes WCHS boys past Algona; Myers scores 20

ALGONA – A 20-point second-half lead had nearly completely dissolved, but the Webster City boys’ basketball team stayed calm and collected down the stretch and beat Algona, 66-60, in North Central Conference action Friday night.

The Lynx drained a season-high eight 3-pointers and shot 49 percent from the field.

“It was a big win and the kids earned it,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “The kids prepared very well and to their credit they went out and executed the game plan.”

Ben Mossman knocked down three 3s and scored 15 points. Mason Myers led all scorers with 20 points; he was 12 of 14 at the charity stripe and also collected a team-best eight rebounds and distributed four assists. Sean Vogelbacher added nine points, six boards and five assists, while the Fuhs twins – Alec and Avery – both hit a pair of triples and scored eight points.

Luke TerHark (14), Trevor Loeschen (12) and Landon Rash (11) all scored in double figures for the Bulldogs, who saw their three-game win streak come to an end.

WCHS outscored Algona 22-10 in the second quarter to build a 35-20 halftime lead.