WEBSTER CITY - Downright frustrating. And bad, that word can't be forgotten.
That was the first quarter in a nutshell for the Webster City boys' basketball team last night in its debut inside its new gymnasium, as the Lynx spent 8 minutes doing little right while falling behind 18-2.
They mounted a serious comeback, but where never able to claw back to even in a 50-46 loss to North Central Conference rival Clear Lake.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City’s Eric Coleman (20) and Colby Larson trap Clear Lake’s Chase Lester and force a turnover during the first half last night inside the WCHS gymnasium.
"Our starts haven't been very good. We were down 9-0 at Iowa Falls (last Friday), and (last night) we just came out so flat and I don't know what it is," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. "On the defensive end, on the offensive end ... it was everything."
The Lions (2-1, 2-1 NCC) put up the game's first eight points and capped the 8-minute firestorm with a jumper by Chase Lester to extend their lead to 16.
But little by little, WCHS (0-3, 0-2 NCC) chipped away at the deficit. The Lynx pulled within 30-21 at the intermission and then knocked it down to five, 40-35, after three quarters.
Clear Lake 50, Webster City 46
Clear Lake (2-1, 2-1 NCC) - Luke Schiller 1 2-2 5, Gavin Sheakley 4 3-5 11, Spencer Davidson 3 5-6 12, Chase Lester 2 0-0 4, Davis Dieken 4 1-1 9, Pete Swenson 1 1-2 3, Bryson Hamilton 3 0-0 6. Totals: 18 12-18 50.
Webster City (0-3, 0-2 NCC) - Mason Myers 4 4-6 13, Austin Myers 1 0-0 2, Colby Larson 1 0-0 3, Eric Coleman 2 0-1 6, Ben Mossman 4 0-0 8, Nick Olmstead 2 0-0 4, Trey Tesdahl 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 5 0-0 10. Totals: 19 4-7 46.
Quarter scores - CL led 18-2, 30-21 and 40-35. 3-point field goals - CL 2 (Schiller, Davidson); WCHS 4 (M. Myers, Larson, Coleman 2). Rebounds - WCHS 26 (B. Myers 10, M. Myers 5). Assists - WCHS 7 (Mossman 4). Team fouls - CL 10, WCHS 18. Fouled out - none.
It was a one-possession game with a minute left on the clock and the Lynx had a chance to tie with a field goal inside the arc and take the lead with a bomb, but a turnover gave the ball back to the Lions and they were never threatened again.
"As frustrating as the first quarter was, I've got to give the kids credit for battling back," McKinney said. "Human nature tells you the game is over at that point and it could have turned into a blowout, but the guys battled."
Ben Mossman scored all eight of his points in the opening half to keep WCHS in contention. He rattled in six over the final 3:15 of the second quarter to slice the deficit to single digits.
Sophomore shooting guard Mason Myers poured in 11 of his team-high 13 points in the second half, and Boone Myers finished with a double-double - 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Four of the Lynx 19 field goals came from long distance. Eric Coleman canned two triples for six points, and Colby Larson and Mason Myers both had one.
Spencer Davidson, who entered the game averaging 20 points for the Lions, was limited to 12. Gavin Sheakley added 11 and Davis Dieken had nine.
WCHS will be at Clarion-Goldfield on Friday.