Lynx boys jump back on track, trump H-D by 16

WEBSTER CITY – Fourteen of 21 from the field. A tidy 33 points and five rebounds – the numbers have been etched on the memory of Webster City boys’ basketball coach Marty McKinney for a month.

And don’t think he lets his players forget them either.

Hampton-Dumont forward Parker Claypool absolutely owned Webster City in a 61-54 Bulldogs’ victory early last month, but last night the Lynx gladly returned the favor.

Utilizing a zone defense and pack mentality, WCHS limited Claypool to a single field goal and two points, and the Lynx went on to avenge the previous loss in dominant fashion, 50-34, inside the WCHS gymnasium.

“He was kind of a focus point,” McKinney said of Claypool. “The guys did a nice job of not letting him get touches where he wanted to and then when he did touch the ball we had two guys on him at all times. We were going to force somebody else to beat us and it worked.”

Mason Myers showcased his talent with 24 points, seven rebounds and three steals to push WCHS (9-9, 9-7 NCC) back to .500 on the season. He buried two of the Lynx three 3-pointers and impressed his coach with his play at both ends of the floor.

“Mason played a full game and he was the best player on the floor,” McKinney said. “He was great at the defensive end, he rebounded the ball and he took charge of the team.

“The kids played well. When you only give up 34 points you’re guarding.”

WCHS doubled up Hampton-Dumont, 16-8, in the first quarter and extended the lead to 30-17 at the intermission. The Bulldogs (7-14, 6-11 NCC) were never able to trim the deficit in the second half.

Alec Fuhs added a 3-pointer, seven points and three assists in the win. Ben Mossman and Colt Richardson both scored five points.

Cole Miller (11) and Trevor Eiklenborg (10) scored in double figures for Hampton-Dumont.

WCHS will travel east to Iowa Falls to take on Iowa Falls-Alden and its all-state forward Casey Schlatter on Thursday. Schlatter, a Drake University recruit, scored more than 50 points for the second time this season earlier this week in a win over Humboldt.