Lynx potent offense buries another opponent
ROCKWELL CITY — Catch and shoot, it sounds simple enough. Only it isn’t, not for a lot of basketball players anyway.
Consider Cameron Moen one of the lucky ones.
All of those hours hoisting up 3-pointers from the time he was old enough to chuck the ball from 19 feet, 9 inches away is certainly paying off for the Webster City senior shooting guard and the Lynx have been the beneficiaries through two games.
Moen buried 6 of 7 triples and scored a game-high 22 points Tuesday night, as he helped WCHS breeze by South Central Calhoun, 72-58.
It was the second straight game where the Lynx pushed past 70 points, a feat they accomplished only once all of last season.
Moen, who drained his first five 3s against the Titans, has knocked down 11 of 16 triples (69 percent) this season.
“I just catch and shoot,” Moen said as he shrugged. “I’ve been shooting 3s ever since I was little. It’s just what I’ve always done.”
Offensive efficiency for WCHS hasn’t been just a one-man show though. The Lynx (2-0) connected on 49 percent of their shots (25 of 51) and 45 percent of their 3s (9 of 20) against South Central Calhoun (0-5).
Henry Hoversten, a junior center, scored at will early on and forced SCC to double- and sometimes triple-team him in the paint, and that left the Lynx guards open to bomb away from behind the arc. Hoversten, who is shooting 79 percent from the floor (15 of 19) through two games, scored eight of his 16 points in the opening quarter. Moen cashed in on three of his 3-point attempts as well to help give WCHS a 22-9 lead.
And all of it came from within the framework of the offense.
“They’re all high-percentage shots for the guys that are taking them,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “It started inside … we got Henry involved early on and then the inside-outside game started coming. We’ve just got a nice balance of guys that can score the ball in different ways.”
Jordan Tanner (14 points) and Noah McKinney (10 points) gave the Lynx four double-digit scorers. Tanner did a lot of his damage courtesy of his defense; three times in the first half he jumped in front of passes and went the other way. He scored four points and assisted on another bucket off the thefts.
Otherwise Tanner, the team’s leading scorer a season ago, was content feeding his teammates. With all of the attention that he and Hoversten received, it left Moen and Noah McKinney in position to pick the Titans apart. McKinney rained in three 3s.
“When we’re flowing, we’ve got guys that can knock down shots,” Tanner, who also had six assists and four rebounds, said. “There are going to be some nights where we don’t shoot the ball as well as others, but with the way Cam and Noah are hitting shots consistently in practice, I can’t see them slowing down.”
Tanner’s third steal and layup on three consecutive SCC possessions increased the Lynx lead to 37-16 with 2:43 to go in the first half. But the Titans responded with a 9-0 run to close the half, a stretch that didn’t sit well with coach McKinney.
WCHS had eight of its 10 turnovers in the first half.
“Just like last week (against Pocahontas Area), we hit that 20-point mark and then all of a sudden we got sloppy,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of things to improve on and being consistent for 32 minutes is one of them.”
The SCC run eventually reached 11-0 before the Lynx regained their composure and took command once again in the third quarter. Noah McKinney’s second 3 extended the cushion to 41-27 and it eventually vaulted up to 17 on Moen’s fifth bomb.
Another Moen 3, followed by a Tanner steal and layup, put WCHS back up by 21 points, 64-43, with 5:25 left on the clock. It was 70-49 when coach McKinney emptied his bench.
Dylan Steen came off the Lynx bench and scored five points. Hoversten put up a double-double with 11 boards. Noah McKinney was responsible for four steals and Moen dished out three assists.
South Central Calhoun had four players crack double figures; Landon Schleisman, Zane Neubaum and Josh Henkenius all scored 11 points, while Jared Birks pitched in 10.
WCHS will open up North Central Conference play at home against Humboldt Friday night.
Webster City 72, SC Calhoun 58
Tuesday at Rockwell City
Webster City (2-0) — Noah McKinney 3 1-2 10, Cameron Moen 8 0-0 22, Nathan Ferrell 0 0-0 0, Jordan Tanner 6 2-2 14, Tyler Olson 0 0-0 0, Carter Neuroth 0 0-0 0, Tyler Bultena 1 1-2 3, Logan Duff 0 0-0 0, Dylan Steen 2 1-1 5, Drake Doering 0 0-0 0, Henry Hoversten 5 6-6 16, Nick Hackbarth 0 2-4 2. Totals: 25 13-17 72.
South Central Calhoun (0-5) — Landon Schleisman 4 3-4 11, Matthew Clark 2 0-0 5, Zane Neubaum 4 1-1 11, Josh Henkenius 5 0-0 11, Jared Birks 3 4-4 10, Chase Scheidegger 2 0-0 4, Jacob Nicholson 2 0-0 4, Sam Musselman 1 0-0 2, Andrew Westcott 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 8-9 58.
Webster City 22 15 15 20 — 72
SC Calhoun 9 16 13 20 — 58
3-point field goals — WC 9 (Moen 6, McKinney 3); SCC (Neubaum 2, Clark, Henkenius). Rebounds — WC 23 (Hoversten 11, Tanner 4). Steals — WC 11 (Tanner 4, McKinney 4). Assists — WC 14 (Tanner 6, Moen 3). Turnovers — WC 10. Team fouls — WC 111, SCC 12. Fouled out — Nicholson.