Inconsistent Lynx unable to keep up with Humboldt

WEBSTER CITY – Consistently inconsistent over the initial three quarters, the Webster City boys’ basketball team saw its three-game win streak evaporate in its own gymnasium Friday night.

The Lynx showed flashes of solid play, but not enough to hang with Humboldt, which used a big third quarter to vault ahead to stay in a 61-51 North Central Conference victory.

“We’re just way too inconsistent at both ends of the floor,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “We’ve got to be consistent for four quarters if we’re going to contend with the good teams.”

WCHS (8-9, 8-7 NCC) scored the game’s first four points and then promptly got outscored 15-2 over the final six minutes of the period.

Arguably the Lynx best quarter of the season – a 17-4 outburst in the second – gave them a 23-19 halftime advantage, but Humboldt answered by doubling them up (26-13) in the third.

“We played one of our best quarters of the year (in the second) and then we went out in the third and got outscored 26-13,” McKinney said. “We would play pretty good defense for a while and then all of a sudden we’d give up layups. It was frustrating.”

Humboldt (13-4, 12-4) did a good job handcuffing Lynx leading scorer Mason Myers, who managed just 12 points – more the six below his season average. Ben Mossman also had 12 points to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Avery Fuhs dropped in 11 points.

Jack Curran led Humboldt with 16 points, one more than Brady Ross. Jaxon Heinz chipped in 13 and Austin Zylstra had nine.

WCHS will play at home again on Tuesday when it entertains Hampton-Dumont. The boys’ tip-off is scheduled for approximately 7:45 p.m.