ALGONA - The Webster City boys' basketball team went on a 31-13 run during the second and third quarters here last night, and yet it still wasn't enough.
That should tell you everything you need to know about the first quarter.
Slow on defense, the Lynx buried themselves in a 24-11 hole over the opening 8 minutes, and although they fought back they were still unable to prevail.
After seeing its one-time 19-point cushion plummet to one, Bishop Garrigan scored 10 consecutive points and finished the contest on a 20-10 spurt to knock off WCHS, 67-56, in North Central Conference play.
Lynx head coach Marty McKinney commended his team on its comeback effort, but he says everything that transpired came back to the opening quarter.
"Our fundamental defense was just poor and I don't know any way to sugarcoat it. The way we've played since I've been the head coach here was just plain poor and (Garrigan) took advantage," McKinney said. "We dug ourselves another deep hole and couldn't get out."
Bishop Garrigan 67, Webster City 56
Webster City (1-4, 1-3 NCC) - Mason Myers 6 2-2 15, Nick Thilges 1 0-0 2, Austin Myers 2 0-0 4, Colby Larson 0 0-0 0, Eric Coleman 3 0-0 7, Ben Mossman 3 0-0 6, Brody Foster 0 0-0 0, Nick Olmstead 6 2-2 16, Trey Tesdahl 0 0-0 0, Cody Chambers 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 3 0-2 6. Totals: 24 4-8 56.
Bishop Garrigan (4-3, 3-2 NCC) - Tyler Schnurr 0 0-0 0, Reece Wadle 1 0-0 3, Nathan Krieps 6 0-0 12, Brayton Loss 3 2-4 8, Chris Loss 3 1-2 7, John Burns 11 7-8 35, Adam Hamilton 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 10-15 67.
Quarter scores - BG led 24-11, 38-23 and 49-46. 3-point field goals - WC 4 (M. Myers, Coleman, Olmstead 2); BG 7 (Burns 6, Wadle). Rebounds - WC 21 (Mossman 5, A. Myers 5). Steals - WC 7 (Coleman 3). Assists - WC 7 (M. Myers 4). Team fouls - WC 15, BG 10. Fouled out - none.
Garrigan senior John Burns scored 19 of his game-high 35 points over the initial 12 minutes, which propelled the Golden Bears (4-3, 3-2 NCC) to a 34-15 advantage.
WCHS (1-4, 1-3 NCC) whittled it down to 15, 38-23, by halftime and then went on the attack. Six points from Nick Olmstead in the third quarter keyed the surge, and a layup by Austin Myers with 30 seconds left in the period trimmed Garrigan's lead to just one, 47-46.
"The kids worked their tails off to get back in the game, but we had to expend a lot of energy to get back into it," McKinney said.
Burns put the Lynx rally on the back burner with a pair of quick 3-pointers early in the fourth quarter, as Garrigan held WCHS scoreless for 5 minutes and built its lead back to double digits.
Burns - a 6-foot-5 forward who entered the contest averaging 20.3 points per game - banged in five 3s. Olmstead, who led the Lynx with a career-high 16 points, did all he could while defending Burns, but he gave up some six inches in height.
"Nick did everything he could to slow (Burns) down, but he's a tough match-up and a great player," McKinney said. "He shoots the ball so well from the 3-point line, but he can also post you up."
Mason Myers chipped in 15 points for the Lynx. Eric Coleman had seven, and Boone Myers and Ben Mossman both finished with six.
Boone Myers, the Lynx leading scorer on the season, drew two early fouls and sat much of the first quarter. He again went to the bench for the majority of the third period after collecting another foul.
Nathan Krieps had 12 points for Garrigan.
WCHS will be at home on Friday to take on Eagle Grove.