WEBSTER CITY - Maybe Mason Myers felt the pressure was off coming off the bench. Or maybe the sophomore had a little chip on his shoulder after starting in previous games.
Marty McKinney doesn't know for sure. But Webster City's head boys' basketball coach certainly enjoyed how Myers answered the challenge Friday night.
In a reserve role for the first time, Myers stepped onto the court and blitzed Eagle Grove with all 16 of his points in the first half of the Lynx 66-29 thumping of the Eagles in North Central Conference action inside the WCHS gymnasium. Myers buried 5 of 5 shots in the opening half - one of them was a 3-pointer - and he also collected four rebounds and three steals in the runaway victory.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City senior guard Nick Olmstead (30) turns the corner and blows by Eagle Grove’s Jake Wilde on his way to the basket during the Lynx 66-29 win Friday.
"We talked to Mason before the game and he didn't say anything either way, but maybe he did feel that he should be starting and that's fine because we want guys to be competitive," McKinney said. "He definitely stepped up to the challenge and played a great game."
Boone Myers owned the paint and scored at will for WCHS (2-4, 2-3 NCC). He finished with a game-high 21 points to go along with eight rebounds.
Mason and Boone Myers combined to drain 14 of 17 shots overall; the Lynx scorched the nets with 53 percent accuracy (27 of 51), although their free throw shooting (11 of 27) left a lot to be desired.
Webster City 66, Eagle Grove 29
Eagle Grove (0-7, 0-6 NCC) - Oscar Hernandez 1 0-2 2, Chris Monley 1 0-2 2, Jake Wilde 0 2-4 2, Josh Morris 0 0-0 0, Brennon Cameron 2 1-4 5, Brandon Johnson 2 0-0 4, Dylan Thielen 0 2-2 2, Maxx Asche 1 0-0 2, Zach Ploeger 3 0-0 6, Logan Poncin 0 0-0 0, Luis Calderon 1 0-0 2, Trevor Berning 0 2-4 2, Brian Yackle 0 0-0 0. 11 7-18 29.
Webster City (2-4, 2-3 NCC) - Mason Myers 5 5-6 16, Nick Thilges 2 2-3 6, Austin Myers 2 0-2 4, Colby Larson 1 0-1 2, Eric Coleman 1 0-1 2, Ben Mossman 1 0-0 2, Brody Foster 0 0-2 0, Nick Olmstead 3 1-2 7, Trey Tesdahl 1 0-0 2, BrandonCameron Ausenhus 0 0-0 0, Doug Stoakes 1 0-0 2, Lucas Daniels 1 0-0 2, Cody Chambers 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 9 3-8 21, Jake Daniels 0 0-2 0. Totals: 27 11-27 66.
Quarter scores - WC led 23-3, 44-15 and 60-21. 3-point field goals - EG 0; WC 1 (M. Myers). Rebounds - WC 28 (B. Myers 8, M. Myers 4). Steals - WC 19 (Coleman 3, Thilges 3, M. Myers 3). Assists - WC 12 (Olmstead 4). Team fouls - EG 23, WC 19. Fouled out - Monley.
Nevertheless, McKinney was content to simply sit back and enjoy the show after only a few minutes of play. WCHS bolted out to a 23-3 lead after the first quarter and the coach was able to work his entire bench into the game from the opening quarter on.
"No offense to Eagle Grove, but we needed a night like this," McKinney said. "We needed to get some confidence back and, definitely, I think we did that. And we've got a lot of kids, nine of them are seniors, and you don't get an opportunity to play everybody very often. We've got a lot of guys working hard who deserve minutes, but there are only so many minutes to go around usually, so it was good to get everybody involved."
Fifteen Lynx players saw extended minutes and 11 jumped into the scoring column.
Mason and Boone Myers accounted for 28 of the Lynx 44 first half points, leading to a 29-point halftime cushion (44-15).
The WCHS lead ballooned to 35 early in the third quarter, starting the running clock throughout most of the second half. Boone Myers scored seven consecutive points during one stretch of the third period to push the lead to 58-19, and he took a seat on the bench for good moments later.
Nick Olmstead added seven points and Nick Thilges finished with six for the Lynx. Thilges, Mason Myers and Eric Coleman all collected three steals, part of a 19-theft night.
Olmstead distributed a team-high four assists.
Zach Ploeger led Eagle Grove (0-7, 0-6 NCC) with six points; Brennon Cameron chipped in five.
McKinney attributed his team's quick start and attacking style to two solid days of practice leading up to the contest.
"We had two really good days of practice where the kids really got after each other for a couple of days," he said. "We came out (Friday night) and established some of those things we've been working on and we got better."
McKinney hopes the confidence remains for Tuesday's difficult road test at Fort Dodge St. Edmond. Tip-off is set for 7:45 p.m.