FORT DODGE - Gut wrenching. Absolutely gut wrenching.
That's the takeaway for the Webster City boys' basketball team after last night's 44-42 loss to North Central Conference rival and defending Class 2A state runner-up St. Edmond in the Gaels' home gymnasium.
Looking to build some substantive type of momentum before the holiday break, the Lynx instead took a punch to the gut as St. Edmond scored the winning bucket with 4 seconds remaining on the clock.
"This is a rivalry game and we're certainly not satisfied with the loss," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said after his club fell back to 2-5 overall and 2-4 in the NCC. "This is three games now where we had a chance to win, but didn't."
Eddie Doyle snagged an offensive rebound off an Aaron Chalstrom miss in the waning moments and he stuck it back in to give the Gaels (6-2, 5-2 NCC) the two-point edge.
Trouble on the glass was a common theme for the Lynx, who were out-rebounded 36-17 in the contest.
St. Edmond 44, Webster City 42
Webster City (2-5, 2-4 NCC) - Mason Myers 5 0-0 12, Nick Thilges 0 0-0 0, Austin Myers 1 1-2 3, Colby Larson 0 0-0 0, Eric Coleman 0 1-2 1, Ben Mossman 1 0-0 2, Brody Foster 1 0-0 2, Nick Olmstead 3 3-3 9, Cody Chambers 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 5 3-6 13. Totals: 16 8-13 42.
St. Edmond (6-2, 5-2 NCC) - David Flattery 3 2-2 9, Cal Coleman 0 0-0 0, Aaron Chalstrom 0 0-0 0, Matthew Bocken 0 0-0 0, Hank Crimmins 0 0-0 0, Aaron McElroy 1 1-2 3, Alex Mericle 0 0-0 0, Eddie Doyle 7 2-2 16, Robby Burke 8 0-1 16. Totals: 19 5-7 44.
Quarter scores - SE led 12-11, 24-20 and 34-32. 3-point field goals - WC 2 (M. Myers 2); SE 1 (Flattery). Rebounds - WC 17 (M. Myers 3). Steals - WC 7 (B. Myers 3). Assists - WC 8 (M. Myers 3, Mossman 3). Team fouls - WC 14, SE 12. Fouled out - none.
"That's definitely the telling factor," McKinney said. "We played some of the best defense that we have all year and we forced them to take some tough shots, but they had a lot of second-chance points because we didn't rebound. When that happens on the road, you get beat."
WCHS had a last gasp to send the game into overtime, as Nick Olmstead raced the ball down the floor and found Boone Myers open at the elbow, but Myers' shot was off the mark as time expired.
Doyle and Robby Burke both scored 16 points for St. Edmond, which has now won three consecutive games after it dropped two in a row to fall out of the 2A rankings. David Flattery chipped in nine points.
WCHS received the bulk of its scoring again from the Myers boys. Boone Myers, a senior, finished with 13 points and Mason Myers, a sophomore, tacked on 12. Mason Myers buried both of the Lynx 3-point field goals.
Nick Olmstead added nine points in the loss.
Neither team was able to pull away for any significant amount of time. St. Edmond led by one after the first quarter (12-11), by four at the half (24-20) and two after three quarters (34-32).
The Lynx will travel to Humboldt on Friday for their final game before the Christmas break.