WEBSTER CITY - When Boone Myers took the feed on the right block, one of two things was going to happen. Either he was going to posterize Bishop Garrigan's John Burns, or he was going to have to live down the embarrassment of a missed opportunity.
The poster should be coming sometime soon.
Myers threw down a monster one-handed dunk over the Golden Bears' all-state forward in the third quarter, and it was simply that kind of night for Webster City in its 62-39 pummeling of Garrigan inside the WCHS gymnasium.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
Webster City senior guard Nick Olmstead (front) dives for a loose ball in the first half against Bishop Garrigan last night inside the WCHS gymnasium.
Mason Myers, a Lynx sophomore shooting guard, led all scorers with 23 points and Nick Olmstead poured in 17, 13 in the first half to help WCHS race out to an insurmountable 37-14 advantage.
But it was what Olmstead did at the defensive end of the floor that was most impressive. He handcuffed Burns, particularly in the opening half when the Garrigan forward mustered just four points. Burns - who is ninth in Class 1A in scoring at 22.8 points per game - finished with just 10, 25 fewer than he scored when the two teams met in Algona last month.
"I did the best I could guarding Burns, and I worked all week on trying to figure out how to shut him down, so it felt great," Olmstead said. "Hopefully we can keep this going."
Webster City 62, Bishop Garrigan 39
Bishop Garrigan (10-7, 8-6 NCC) - Michael Burke 0 0-0 0, Tyler Schnurr 3 0-0 9, David Klein 0 1-2 1, Reece Wadle 3 5-6 10, Nathan Krieps 1 1-2 3, Christian Matthews 0 0-0 0, Brayton Loss 1 0-1 2, Jess Marlow 0 0-0 0, Chris Loss 2 0-2 4, John Burns 4 1-2 10, Adam Hamilton 0 0-0 0, Neal Koob 0 0-0 0. Totals: 13 8-15 39.
Webster City (6-8, 6-6 NCC) - Mason Myers 8 4-4 23, Nick Thilges 1 0-0 2, Austin Myers 3 0-2 6, Colby Larson 1 0-1 2, Eric Coleman 0 2-2 2, Ben Mossman 1 0-0 2, Brody Foster 0 0-0 0, Nick Olmstead 6 5-5 17, Trey Tedahl 0 0-0 0, Lucas Daniels 0 0-0 0, Cody Chambers 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 3 1-2 7. Totals: 22 13-18 62.
Quarter scores - WC led 17-4, 37-14 and 49-23. 3-point field goals - BG 5 (Schnurr 3, Wadle, Burns); WC 3 (M. Myers 3). Rebounds - WC 32 (B. Myers 10, A. Myers 8). Steals - WC 5. Assists - WC 10 (Olmstead 3). Team fouls - BG 15, WC 11. Fouled out - none.
WCHS head coach Marty McKinney agreed, and said his team has now proved what it can do on the basketball court.
"I'm not sure if you can say we wanted to prove a point, but we wanted to come out and get a win against a team at the top of the conference," he said. "The kids kept the hammer down right from the start."
That hammer did come early when the Lynx (6-8, 6-6 NCC) - who jumped back to .500 in the conference - scored 15 of the game's first 17 points. Olmstead scored six points during that stretch, and the Golden Bears (10-7, 8-6 NCC) never seriously challenged the remainder of the way.
Mason Myers canned two of his game-high three 3-point baskets on back-to-back possessions early in the second quarter to push the margin to 23-7. The cushion reached 20 for the first time on an Olmstead jumper from the corner later in the second period.
Boone Myers' thunderous dunk that brought the home crowd to its feel gave the Lynx a 46-20 lead with 3:49 left in the third quarter. The 6-foot-5 senior center finished with seven points and 10 rebounds. Austin Myers added six points and eight boards.
Reece Wadle joined Burns with 10 points, and Tyler Schnurr had nine for the Golden Bears, who won the first encounter 67-56 in Algona.