Clarion-Goldfield ends 13-game slide vs Lynx

CLARION – A seven-point spurt early in the fourth quarter, coupled with an 8-0 run later in the period erased the memories of a long drought for the Clarion-Goldfield boys’ basketball team here Friday night.

The Cowboys hung tough down the stretch and ended a 13-game losing streak at the expense of Webster City, 61-53, in North Central Conference play.

Clinging to a 52-49 advantage with three minutes remaining, Clarion-Goldfield (2-13, 2-11 NCC) made six of eight free throws over the next two minutes while the Lynx (5-8, 5-6 NCC) went scoreless, and that put the game and the losing skid to bed.

A noticeably frustrated Marty McKinney, the Lynx head coach, said the loss can be pinned on one thing – the defense.

“We are very poor fundamentally on defense … we don’t guard well enough to beat people,” he said. “It’s that simple.

“I knew we were going to get Clarion’s best shot and I knew this was going to be a ballgame, but they out-executed us, they out-hustled us and they out-coached us.”

The Cowboys drilled five 3-pointers, three coming early in the first quarter. Kenton Waters buried three and scored 17 points, while Chris Staudt made the other two and finished with 15.

Trenton Sann led Clarion-Goldfield with 18 points.

WCHS junior Mason Myers led all scorers with 21 points, but 19 came in the first half in helping stake his team to a 32-29 lead. The Cowboys slapped a box-and-one defense on Myers after the break and shut him down.

“We hadn’t seen that all year and it obviously affected us,” McKinney said. “But there were a lot of openings in that zone. Ben (Mossman) stepped up and got some nice looks, but we didn’t have anybody else do that.”

Mossman scored 14 points, pulled down five rebounds and distributed three assists. Myers also collected four steals and dished out four assists.

Sean Vogelbacher added seven points, Avery Fuhs had six and Alex Fuhs contributed five points and five caroms.