HUMBOLDT - Marty McKinney summed it up best: It was just another night in the gym.
Down-to-the-wire contests have become the norm for the seventh-ranked (Class 3A) Webster City boys' basketball team this season, and last night was no different as the Lynx were forced to play for more than 32 minutes for a fifth time before they prevailed over North Central Conference rival Humboldt, 53-49 in overtime.
The win capped an improbable regular season that saw Webster City (19-2, 18-0 NCC) finish the conference season unbeaten for the first time since 1988 and for only the third time in school history. And the Lynx did it under intense circumstances; six games were decided by five or fewer points and four contests went to overtime, including both victories over Humboldt (12-10, 11-7 NCC).
"It's a special year in that we had to earn each and every win," McKinney, the Lynx head coach, said. "There have only been a handful of nights where you could say we were comfortable, and I think the kids are going to appreciate that more when they look back and have time to reflect."
All-conference point guard Jonny Davis picked up his offensive game by scoring a game-high 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. He missed just one shot from the field and had 16 points in the first half to help stake WCHS to a 26-19 lead.
Boone Myers took over after the intermission. The 6-foot-5 junior center notched all nine of the Lynx third quarter points and scored 15 of his 16 points over the final 20 minutes. Myers also collected nine rebounds.
Webster City 53, Humboldt 49 (OT)
Webster City (19-2) - Jonny Davis 9 3-4 21, Garrett Gourley 0 1-2 1, Sam Mossman 2 2-2 7, Ben Mossman 1 0-0 2, Andrew May 2 0-0 4, Austin Myers 1 0-0 2, Boone Myers 6 4-8 16. Totals: 21 10-17 53.
Humboldt (12-10, 11-7 NCC) - Caul Fevold 2 0-0 5, Michael Orness 4 0-0 10, Jaxon Heinz 2 2-3 6, Alex Nelson 1 0-0 3, Charlie Friedl 5 2-6 12, Jaylen Heinz 1 0-0 2, Don Smith 0 0-0 0, Brady Ross 5 0-0 10, Bryan Larson 0 1-2 1. Totals: 20 5-12 49.
Webster City11 15 9 5 13-53
Humboldt 6 13 9 12 9-49
3-point field goals - WC 1 (S. Mossman); HUM 4 (Fevold, Orness 2, Nelson). Rebounds - WC 22 (B. Myers 9, Davis 7). Steals - WC 4 (Davis 2, S. Mossman 2). Assists - WC 8 (Davis 5). Team fouls - WC 11, HUM 18. Fouled out - none.
"Boone was huge," McKinney said. "Not just the points he came up with, but he was a man on the boards as well. We're going to need him to be that big of a presence in the (postseason)."
Sam Mossman chipped in seven points and two steals.
Charlie Friedl led Humboldt with 12 points. The senior forward knocked down a 10-foot jumper with just over 2 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 40 and force overtime.
Michael Orness and Brady Ross both had 10 for the Wildcats.
"Humboldt is a tough out for us. They've got some match-ups that present some problems and they played well," McKinney said. "It's not going to be easy come Monday night."
McKinney was referring to the fact that these two teams will meet again in five days in a district semifinal in Jeff Gym at 7 p.m.
WCHS was again without senior forward Bryan Swon last night because of an ankle injury. He's missed two of the last four games and only played sparingly in the other two. McKinney hopes to have him back in uniform on Monday, but at this point nothing is guaranteed.
"We're working him out in the pool and trying to get him healthy," McKinney said. "Hopefully we'll have him back."