IOWA FALLS - On the road with a young team there might have been a moment of worry as the Webster City boys' basketball team entered overtime here last night.
But then Avery Fuhs - one of the team's first-year players - ripped the net cords with a 3-pointer from the corner on the first possession and, essentially, it was over.
WCHS opened the OT period on an 8-2 run and then knocked down eight of 10 free throws late to walk off the court with a hard-fought 65-57 victory over North Central Conference rival Iowa Falls-Alden. It was the Lynx fifth win in six outings and, maybe more importantly, they never lost their intensity throughout the back-and-forth battle.
"It was a huge win," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. "There were ups and downs, but the whole time we played with a sense of urgency. We never got down and we kept our energy level, which you have to have."
Mason Myers also buried a 3 in the extra period and he finished with a team-high 22 points. IF-A (8-13, 7-11 NCC) threw a box-and-one defense at the shooting guard in the first half, but it didn't slow him down. And WCHS (10-9, 10-7 NCC) constantly made the extra pass and finished with 18 assists on 25 field goals.
"Mason was very good," McKinney said of his junior, who also collected eight rebounds and two steals. "He did a good job of being patient and taking good shots and 18 assists is darned good. Guys stepped up and knocked down shots."
WEBSTER CITY 65, IF-ALDEN 57 (OT)
Thursday at Iowa Falls
Webster City (10-9, 10-7 NCC) - Mason Myers 9 1-2 22, Alec Fuhs 5 2-2 14, Doug Stoakes 0 0-0 0, Ben Mossman 2 5-6 9, Avery Fuhs 6 0-0 14, Logan Yates 1 0-0 3, Landon Daniels 1 0-0 3, Sean Vogelbacher 0 0-0 0, Colt Richardson 1 0-0 2. Totals: 25 8-10 65.
Iowa Falls-Alden (8-13, 7-11 NCC) - Jacob Sundholm 2 0-0 5, Bo Williams 0 0-0 0, Quinn Taylor 1 2-4 5, Casey Schlatter 14 3-3 35, Brandon Qualley 3 2-2 8, Noah Oelmann 2 0-0 4. Totals: 22 7-9 57.
Webster City16 13 15 5 16-65
Iowa Falls-Alden11 13 16 9 8-57
3-point goals - WCHS 9 (Myers 3, Al. Fuhs 2, Av. Fuhs 2, Yates, Daniels); IF-A 6 (Schlatter 4, Taylor, Sundholm). Rebounds - WCHS 24 (Myers 8, Al. Fuhs 4, Av. Fuhs 4, Vogelbacher 4). Steals - WCHS 4 (Myers 2). Assists - WCHS 18 (Av. Fuhs 5). Team fouls - WCHS 9, IF-A 13. Fouled out - none.
Twin brothers Alec and Avery Fuhs had matching stat lines - 14 points and four rebounds. Ben Mossman made six of the OT free throws and scored nine.
Sean Vogelbacher didn't record a point, but McKinney was still thrilled with his effort. He got the defensive assignment on all-state forward and Drake recruit Casey Schlatter throughout the second half; Schlatter still got his points - 35, which is right at his state-leading average - but he had to work for them.
The game was tied at 49 in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter, but Schlatter's jumper at the buzzer came up short as Vogelbacher had a hand in his face.
"We knew we were in a tough situation there. They've got a Division I shooter taking that shot, but we defended well and Sean did a good job of contesting,"?McKinney said. "Sean isn't going to show up much on the stat sheet, but he worked his tail off.
"We had guys step up all over the place."
Brandon Qualley notched eight points for the Cadets.
WCHS will finish off the conference portion of its schedule at home against Algona on Tuesday.