CLARION - It was a good news, bad news kind of night for the Webster City boys' basketball team here on Friday.
On the plus side, the Lynx won't have to wonder when their first win will come anymore after they stopped Clarion-Goldfield, 59-53, in North Central Conference play.
But at the other end of the spectrum were the 28 turnovers - the main culprit for the less than happy mood that Lynx head coach Marty McKinney found himself in afterwards.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City sophomore guard Mason Myers (4) glides to the bucket for two of his 15 points in Friday’s 59-53 win over Clarion-Goldfield in Clarion. He was one of four Lynx players to score in double figures in the team’s first win of the season.
"We're very lucky to get out of here with a win because you don't win games with 28 turnovers, it just doesn't happen," he said. "I doubt it will happen again either.
"Say we have 16 or 17 turnovers, which is still a lot, we could have scored 14 more points and this game isn't that close. So we've got some work to do, that's for sure."
Turnovers were the primary reason why a 16-point WCHS lead in the third quarter dwindled all the way down to a five-point cushion with 1:04 remaining in regulation. Clarion-Goldfield (1-3, 1-3 NCC) had the ball with a chance to slice it to a one-possession game, but a pair of shots rattled in and out, and Lynx senior Austin Myers knocked down three free throws late to keep his team in control.
Webster City 59, Clarion-Goldfield 53
Webster City (1-3, 1-2 NCC) - Mason Myers 7 0-0 15, Austin Myers 3 4-7 11, Colby Larson 0 0-0 0, Eric Coleman 0 0-0 0, Ben Mossman 4 1-1 11, Brody Foster 0 0-0 0, Nick Olmstead 4 0-0 8, Trey Tesdahl 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 7 0-0 14. Totals: 25 5-8 59.
Clarion-Goldfield (1-3, 1-3 NCC) - Luke Maxheimer 4 0-0 8, Adam Stevens 5 1-2 14, Ryan Waters 6 0-1 14, Nathan Holmes 0 0-0 0, Trenton Sann 2 2-5 6, Max Gangestad 2 0-0 4, Stephen McAtee 3 1-3 7. Totals: 22 5-11 53.
Quarter scores - WC led 12-7, 35-23 and 47-35. 3-point field goals - WC 4 (Mossman 2, A. Myers, M. Myers); C-G 5 (Stevens 3, Waters 2). Rebounds - WC 23 (B. Myers 7, A. Myers 7). Steals - WC 11 (Olmstead 4, A. Myers 3). Assists - WC 12 (Mossman 3). Team fouls - WC 15, C-G 14. Fouled out - none.
Austin Myers, a senior, finished with 11 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Little brother Mason Myers, a sophomore, led the way with 15 points, senior Boone Myers dropped in 14 to go along with seven boards, and Ben Mossman gave WCHS (1-3, 1-2 NCC) a fourth double-digit scorer with 11. Mossman also had three of the team's 12 assists.
Nick Olmstead was solid as well for the Lynx with eight points and four steals. Four of his points came in the final 3 minutes, first on a layup following a steal, and one possession later he knocked down a high floater as he drove the baseline.
"Nick Olmstead had a great night for us and gave us a lot of energy," McKinney said. "The first couple of games it was Eric Coleman doing that, and (Friday night) it was Nick. We need somebody to step up like that each night for us to be successful."
Boone Myers poured in 12 of his points from inside the paint in the first half to help the Lynx race out to a 35-23 lead. But over the final 16 minutes the Cowboys packed their defense in tight in the middle to choke off his output.
"They basically told the rest of the team to try and beat them in the second half," McKinney said. "They weren't going to let Boone get anything and I'm sure that's a strategy we'll see quite a bit more of as the season goes on."
The Lynx built their biggest lead of 16, 45-29, with 1:45 to go in the third period on a steal and left-handed layup by Olmstead.