Moen catches fire late, scores 21 in win over Cadets
Tanner adds 19 points in victory
WEBSTER CITY — The fourth quarter is prime time, the eight minutes when the stars shine and the men are separated from the boys.
And nobody’s star has shined brighter late in games this season than Cameron Moen.
Call it luck, call it skill, call it whatever you want. The fact is that, for some reason, the Webster City senior has been able to turn it on late in games and the Lynx have been happy beneficiaries.
Moen was at it again on Tuesday, as he buried all three of his 3-point attempts and scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter to help propel WCHS to a 61-55 victory over North Central Conference rival Iowa Falls-Alden.
His final triple gave WCHS (8-3, 5-2 NCC) a five-point cushion, 55-50, with 1:13 remaining and he added a pair of free throws with 15.9 ticks remaining to expand the lead to seven, 59-52.
Jordan Tanner added the final two of his 19 points with five seconds to go on a pair of free throws.
Moen, the Lynx leading scorer this season at 15.7 points per game, hit game-winning 3s against Clarion-Goldfield-Dows and Algona in back-to-back games in December. What’s his secret late in games? If he knows, he’s not telling.
“Coach (Marty McKinney) has really been emphasizing that the fourth quarter is winning time, so I need to buckle down and make shots when we need them,” Moen said. “I hope I can do it all the time.”
Still dealing with a right knee injury that probably won’t be fully healed until after the season is over, Tanner gutted it out despite not starting for the first time in two years. He joined Moen with two steals and two assists, and the tandem combined for 10 rebounds.
“It’s a little stiff and sore, but 10 times better (than last week),” Tanner said of his knee. “It felt good having a couple days off.”
Moen and Tanner helped offset Iowa Falls-Alden’s dynamic duo of Karson Sharar and Lucas Haverkamp, who poured in 24 and 20 points, respectively. Sharar, just a freshman, split the two halves even with 12 in each, but Haverkamp turned it on after the break with 18 second-half points.
“You have to give both of those kids credit,” McKinney said. “Obviously Sharar is a great player and he’s going to get a lot of looks. Haverkamp did a great job of attacking the basket.”
The fourth quarter was a series of runs that kept the momentum shifting. A pair of Dylan Steen buckets and a Moen 3 was a seven-point surge for the Lynx in the initial 1:33 of the period that gave them a 46-38 lead. IF-A (4-7, 1-6 NCC) responded with a 6-0 spurt to get it back to a two-point game, but WCHS answered with five consecutive points that included another Moen trey. Back came the Cadets with back-to-back-to-back buckets to close to within 52-50 with 1:30 remaining.
Trailing 55-52, IF-A had a chance to potentially knot the game, but Tanner picked Haverkamp’s pocket on the left wing and went the other way for a contested layup. The Cadets never got closer than five the rest of the way.
Steen scored all six of his points in the final period. Henry Hoversten chipped in seven points in the win, Tyler Bultena netted five and Noah McKinney canned a first-half 3-pointer.
IF-A led 22-21 at the half. The contest was dominated by whistles for fouls and other infractions that sapped both teams of any rhythm they hoped to generate. There were 30 fouls called and the two teams shot 28 free throws.
“With all the stoppages it was tough,” Tanner said. “Once you’d get momentum a foul would be called and then it was tough to keep it going.”
WCHS was tagged with nine fouls in the third quarter alone. It still managed to take a one-point lead, 39-38, into the fourth.
Webster City 61, IF-Alden 55
Tuesday at Webster City
Iowa Falls-Alden (4-7, 1-6 NCC) — Devin Sheridan 1 1-2 3, Luke Rubow 0 0-0 0, Karson Sharar 6 8-12 24, Brady Janssen 1 0-0 3, Tyjon Rose 0 0-0 0, Lucas Haverkamp 10 0-0 20, Logan Aldinger 1 0-0 3, Tim Long 1 0-1 2. Totals: 20 9-16 55.
Webster City (8-3, 5-2 NCC) — Noah McKinney 1 0-0 3, Cameron Moen 7 2-2 21, Jordan Tanner 8 3-5 19, Tyler Bultena 2 1-2 5, Dylan Steen 3 0-0 6, Henry Hoversten 3 1-1 7, Nick Hackbarth 0 0-2 0. Totals: 24 7-12 61.
IF-Alden 9 13 16 17 — 55
Webster City 13 8 18 22 — 61
3-point field goals — IF-A 6 (Sharar 4, Janssen, Aldinger); WC 6 (Moen 5, McKinney). Rebounds — 21 (Moen 6, Tanner 4). Steals — WC 6 (Moen 2, Steen 2, Tanner 2). Assists — WC 10 (McKinney 3, Moen 2, Tanner 2). Turnovers — WC 11, IF-A 11. Team fouls — IF-A 14, WC 16. Fouled out — none.