Lynx boys rally from early 17-3 deficit, clip Garrigan

ALGONA – Trailing 17-3 at one point in the first quarter, it looked like the Webster City boys’ basketball team was well on its way to a fourth consecutive loss here last night.

And then the Lynx woke up, particularly at the defensive end of the floor.

WCHS finished the first half strong to stay within striking distance and then went to work after the break to rally and beat Algona Bishop Garrigan, 63-57, in North Central Conference action.

“In the second half we played defense and that was the difference,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “We challenged them at halftime and to the credit of the kids they really responded.”

WCHS (6-8, 6-6 NCC) outscored the Golden Bears (8-8, 7-7 NCC) 20-11 in the final period.

The return of sophomore forward Colt Richardson didn’t hurt the Lynx cause. On the shelf because of a concussion since the last time the two teams met back on Jan. 7, Richardson returned to the floor and poured in 14 points.

“Having Colt back is huge,” McKinney said. “He’s practiced one day in the last three weeks and he came in and acted like he hadn’t missed a beat.”

Classmate Avery Fuhs drained three 3-pointers and scored a career-high 20 points. Mason Myers finished with 15 and Ben Mossman gave WCHS a fourth double-digit scorer with 12.

“Avery stepped up big,” McKinney said. “We’ve asked a lot out of our sophomores this year and we had kind of hit that sophomore slump. But they fought though it (last night).”

Chris Loss had 20 points and Nathan Krieps added 18 for the Golden Bears.