WEBSTER CITY - Avery Fuhs found himself smack-dab in the middle of bizarro world early in the second quarter Friday night inside the WCHS gymnasium.
Without uttering a word or giving a glare, the Webster City sophomore picked up the first technical foul of his varsity career. The officials determined Fuhs flopped on a drive to the bucket and hoop by Eagle Grove's Jake Wilde during a first half that saw the Eagles jump out to a 26-23 lead.
But wait, it gets better.
DFJ photo by Troy Banning
WCHS junior Mason Myers (4) drives around Eagle Grove’s Brian Yackle (43) and scores two of his game-high 27 points in the Lynx 71-64 victory on Friday.
Fuhs was also whistled for a blocking foul on the play - how can he flop and block at the same time? - and was forced to the bench for the remainder of the half with three fouls.
Confused yet? You're not the only one.
"I guess I don't have the whole rulebook memorized, but I've never heard of that call," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said of the technical that wound up mattering little after the Lynx rallied for a 74-61 victory. "I don't think it was a flop; I thought there was contact, but if it's a technical for flopping because of no contact then it can't be a foul."
WEBSTER CITY 74, EAGLE GROVE 61
Friday at Webster City
Eagle Grove (2-15, 1-14 NCC) - Colton Pickering 0 2-3 2, Jake Wilde 8 7-10 26, Jordan Wieth 0 0-0 0, Josh Morris 1 0-0 2, Graeham Schope 1 0-0 2, Dylan Thielen 1 0-0 2, Maxx Asche 1 0-2 2, Zach Ploeger 6 4-4 19, Tyler Vorrie 0 0-0 0, Brian Yackle 2 2-2 6. Totals: 20 15-21 61.
Webster City (7-8, 7-6 NCC) - Mason Myers 8 10-11 27, Alec Fuhs 1 2-2 5, Doug Stoakes 0 0-0 0, John Ferrell 0 0-0 0, Ben Mossman 4 3-4 11, Avery Fuhs 6 2-2 15, Logan Yates 0 0-0 0, Landon Daniels 1 0-0 3, Seth Crouthamel 1 0-0 2, Sean Vogelbacher 0 0-0 0, Colt Richardson 3 5-10 11. Totals: 24 22-31 74.
Eagle Grove15 11 18 17-61
Webster City12 11 24 27-74
3-point goals - EG 6 (Wilde 3, Ploeger 3); WCHS 4 (Myers, Al. Fuhs, Av. Fuhs, Daniels). Rebounds - WCHS 22 (Myers 5, Richardson 5, Mossman 5). Steals - WCHS 6 (Mossman 2). Assists - WCHS 15 (Myers 5, Av. Fuhs 3). Team fouls - EG 24, WCHS 16. Fouled out - Wilde, Schope, Yackle.
Officials rescinded the blocking foul at halftime, yet they didn't remove a point from the Eagles' score that came on the made free throw by Wilde.
Fuhs didn't let the confusing play deter him though, as he scored 11 points during a critical 15-3 third-quarter run by the Lynx that gave them the lead for good. He finished with 15, as WCHS (7-8, 7-6 NCC) won its second straight game to jump back over .500 in the North Central Conference.
Mason Myers scored 21 of his game-high 27 points over the final 16 minutes. The Lynx junior shooting guard also collected five rebounds and dished out five assists.
WCHS scored 51 points in the second half, primarily by attacking the zone of Eagle Grove (2-15, 1-14 NCC) with drives to the bucket and crisp passes. The Lynx scored on 15 of 16 possessions that spanned the third and fourth quarters.
"We came back in the second half and played well," McKinney said. "We did a much better job of attacking and Avery really asserted himself."
WCHS extended its lead to as many as 10 early in the fourth quarter before Eagle Grove closed to within 61-57 with 2:40 to go.
And that's when Myers took over.
A traditional 3-point play ignited his personal 8-0 run and the Lynx scored 11 straight to send the Eagles packing. Myers knocked down five of six free throws during the spurt and finished 10 of 11 at the line.
Alec Fuhs closed out the run with a pair of free throws to extend the Lynx margin to 72-57 with 42 ticks remaining. He checked in with five points.
Ben Mossman and Colt Richardson both played pivotal roles in the win with 11 points and five rebounds apiece.
Wilde did all he could with 26 points before fouling out and Zach Ploeger added 19 for the Eagles, who scored the game's first seven points and led 15-12 after the initial quarter.
"We are not starting games well for whatever reason," McKinney said. "We've got to get that figured out as a team because we fall behind it seems every night."
WCHS will be at Fort Dodge St. Edmond on Tuesday.