Hoversten dominates in paint, goes for 20 and 10, in win over Gilbert
Tanner also scores 20, WCHS improves to 11-5
GILBERT — The advantage was evident from the opening tip and Webster City exploited it time and time again Saturday night.
At 6-foot-6, Lynx junior center Henry Hoversten had no one that could match his size and the big man got plenty to eat because he was fed constantly in a 60-51 non-conference victory over Gilbert.
“We always try to go inside-out with our offense and try to get teams to collapse down, but they weren’t really collapsing, so I took advantage,” Hoversten said after going off for 20 points and 10 rebounds.
The win capped a 3-0 five-day stretch for WCHS (11-5) and it came against an opponent that had head coach Marty McKinney a little nervous prior to tip-off.
“This is a very good win,” he said. “After watching them against Norwalk last weekend and they went toe to toe with them, and then watching them on film against South Hamilton and they went toe to toe with them as well, so we knew this was going to be a challenge. But our guys stepped up and it’s definitely something we’re going to build off.”
Jordan Tanner matched Hoversten’s 20 points and the senior point guard also collected six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Tanner and Hoversten both did most of their damage around the basket and when they drew the Tigers’ attention, Cameron Moen was able to bury three 3-pointers for nine points.
“It was a great win and we really needed it,” Hoversten said.
Hoversten started quickly with seven first-quarter points to help WCHS build a 16-14 lead, but he was forced to sit and watch the entire second quarter with two fouls.
Gilbert (7-10) took its first lead at 21-18 on a Matt Ockey 3 from the corner with 3:40 remaining in the second period, but a pair of Moen triples over the final 2:05 enabled the Lynx to enter the break leading by one point, 26-25.
And then Hoversten, who made 7 of 10 shots from the field, took over.
Whether it was on nice passes down on the block or by crashing the boards, Hoversten shredded the Tigers for 13 third-quarter points to help WCHS build its lead to as many as 13. He scored five consecutive points to start the stanza and later added a 3-point play courtesy of a crisp pass from Dylan Steen.
The Lynx took a 45-34 advantage into the fourth.
“Henry is getting better every game and he did a nice job of not forcing the issue,” McKinney said. “Team wise we executed really well. They did some things we don’t see much, but we found some of the weaknesses in it and shared the ball. We wanted to take a decent look and make it a great look.”
WCHS assisted on 12 of its 21 baskets.
Gilbert pulled to as close as seven on several occasions in the final period, but the Lynx always had the answer. Moen cashed in on his third trey early on and Tanner drove at will and scored eight of his points down the stretch.
The Lynx connected on 8 of 12 free throws over the final two minutes to keep the Tigers at arm’s length.
Noah McKinney added four points in the win.
Ockey (12 points), Matt Barragy (11) and Will Turner (11) all scored in double figures for Gilbert.
WCHS will return to its home floor to take on Fort Dodge St. Edmond Tuesday night. The Gaels won the first meeting, 66-61, on Dec. 19.
Webster City 60, Gilbert 51
Saturday at Gilbert
Webster City (11-5) — Noah McKinney 1 2-4 4, Cameron Moen 3 0-0 9, Jordan Tanner 7 6-8 20, Tyler Bultena 0 2-4 2, Dylan Steen 1 1-2 3, Henry Hoversten 8 4-7 20, Nick Hackbarth 1 0-0 2. Totals: 21 15-25 60.
Gilbert (7-10) — Matt Ockey 3 5-5 12, Tommy Doyle 0 1-2 1, Matt Barragy 4 2-2 11, Will Turner 5 1-2 11, Ben Simodynes 0 0-0 0, Tanner Henningsen 2 1-1 5, Tony Terrones 1 0-0 3, Jack Anderson 1 0-0 3, Jeff Rudman 2 0-0 4, Garrison Holck 0 1-2 1. Totals: 18 11-14 51.
Webster City 16 10 19 15 — 60
Gilbert 14 11 9 17 — 51
3-point field goals — WC 3 (Moen 3); GIL 4 (Ockey, Barragy, Terrones, Anderson). Rebounds — WC 29 (Hoversten 10, Tanner 6, Steen 6). Steals — WC 4 (Tanner 2). Assists — WC 12 (Moen 3, Steen 3, Tanner 3). Team fouls — WC 12, GIL 19. Fouled out — GIL: Holck.