WEBSTER CITY - With his actions, Jonny Davis told his teammates to climb aboard and hang on tight.
He wasn't about to let himself or his team fall. Not now, not in the final varsity game ever in the only gym that he's ever called home and certainly not with the season on the line.
The two-time first-team all-North Central Conference point guard did it all - Davis scored, he defended, he directed traffic, he hit one clutch free throw after another late, and he even registered a rejection - to propel sixth-ranked Webster City to a 44-34 victory over Humboldt in a Class 3A District 4 semifinal last night inside a packed Jefferson Gymnasium.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City senior point guard Jonny Davis fights through a double team and knocks down a fall away jumper in the lane last night during a Class 3A District 4 semifinal in Jeff Gym. Davis scored 24 points in the Lynx 44-34 victory.
It was the Lynx (20-2) third victory of the season over Humboldt (12-11) - but the first triumph that didn't come in overtime - and it shoved them into Thursday's district final in Fort Dodge against Storm Lake (13-8), which beat Algona last night, 73-65, in the other District 4 semifinal.
Davis banged home his first shot of the game - a 3-pointer from the right wing coming off a screen to put the Lynx in front to stay, and he finished with 24 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and the previously mentioned block.
"Jon's a senior, he's a three-year starter, he does everything and he didn't want to lose (last night) for a lot of different reasons," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. "He was going to put us on his shoulders and we were going to ride him. He was excellent."
Webster City 44, Humboldt 34
Humboldt (12-11) - Caul Fevold 1 1-1 3, Michael Orness 1 2-2 4, Jaxon Heinz 4 2-2 11, Charlie Friedl 2 1-2 6, Jaylen Heinz 1 0-0 2, Brady Ross 1 0-0 2, Bryan Larson 1 4-7 6. Totals: 11 10-14 34.
Webster City (20-2) - Jonny Davis 6 11-12 24, Garrett Gourley 1 0-0 2, Sam Mossman 2 3-7 9, Ben Mossman 1 0-0 2, Andrew May 2 1-2 5, Austin Myers 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 1 0-1 2. Totals: 13 15-22 44.
Humboldt5 10 5 14-34
Webster City8 11 11 14-44
3-point field goals - HUM 2 (Jax. Heinz, Friedl); WC 3 (S. Mossman 2, Davis). Rebounds - WC 20 B. Myers 4, Gourley 3, May 3). Steals -WC 2 (Davis 2). Assists - WC 4 (Davis 3). Blocks - WC 4 (May 2, Davis, B. Myers). Team fouls - HUM 21, WC 13. Fouled out - none.
Davis either scored or had the assist on nine of the Lynx 13 field goals. And in the fourth quarter, with Humboldt hoping to make one final surge, he calmly knocked down 10 consecutive free throws to keep the Lynx comfortably ahead.
"I just tried to play my game, that's what I wanted to do," Davis said. "We also had guys come in off the bench and step up, and that was big."
Sam Mossman finished with nine points in the victory, six coming off a pair of timely 3-pointers. His first triple put WCHS ahead 17-8 midway through the second quarter, and his second from the top of the key kept the Wildcats at bay after they'd trimmed their deficit to 19-17 with 6:30 remaining in the third quarter.
Humboldt never got closer than five the remainder of the way.
"Sam hit some big shots at big times for us, and that's what he does," McKinney said.
Andrew May chipped in five points. Boone Myers was limited to just two points because of foul trouble throughout the contest.
Jaxon Heinz had 11 points to pace Humboldt. Bryan Larson and Charlie Friedl both had six.
WCHS took the air out of the ball repeatedly, forcing the Wildcats to play defense for extended periods of time. The Lynx ran the final 45 seconds off the clock in the first and second quarters, and used the final 1:30 of the third period that ended when Garrett Gourley snared an offensive rebound and scored on a putback to extend the lead to double digits for the first time, 30-20.
WCHS outscored Humboldt 11-5 in the third after leading by just four, 19-15, at the intermission. Davis scored 12 of his points in the first half.
"We wanted to make them play our game, and if we did that we knew we'd have a good shot at the end," Davis said.
McKinney says his players executed the game plan with precision throughout.
"We wanted to limit possessions as much as we could, and since we were sitting in a pretty good position all night we were able to run some clock when we wanted to," McKinney said. "The kids did a nice job of executing at critical times."
Humboldt cut its deficit to 30-23 in the first minute of the fourth quarter on a traditional 3-point play from Larson, but two free throws from Davis and one by May in the next minute pumped the lead back up to 10.
All 14 of the Lynx fourth-quarter points came from the charity stripe. They were 14 of 20 at the line over the final 8 minutes and 15 of 22 overall.
McKinney will gladly take another all-out effort from Davis when the Lynx try to take down Storm Lake in the next round, but he says it needs to be more than a one-man show if they are to survive and earn a trip to the substate.
"As good as Jon is and as much as he wants to take that burden, we've got to take some of the burden off him," he said. "We've got to get Andrew going a little bit and we've got to get Boone going a little bit."
Thursday's tip-off from Fort Dodge Senior High is scheduled for 7 p.m.