Tanner erupts for 26, WCHS boys handle Humboldt

HUMBOLDT — Jordan Tanner understands that his prep basketball career is winding down and he’s not about to go out with a whimper.

Three days after spouting off for a career-high 30 points in a loss to Greene County, the Webster City senior point guard unleashed a 26-point explosion on North Central Conference rival Humboldt Tuesday night in a 65-56 Lynx victory.

Tanner banged home 11 of 17 shots and split the game with 14 points in the first half and 12 more in the second half, as he played the starring role to help WCHS end a two-game slide.

“He’s really stepping up and being a senior leader that we need,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said of Tanner, who also put up seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. “He’s shooting the ball well and he’s picking his spots … he’s definitely leading us offensively, but it also led to getting the other guys some good looks. He shared the ball well.”

A win of any kind is what WCHS (9-5, 6-3 NCC) needed, particularly after its last road league tussle in which it scored just 31 points in a loss to Algona.

“It was definitely what we needed,” McKinney said. “It wasn’t perfect, but the kids battled throughout. Every time Humboldt made a run, we were able to answer it. Hopefully we can build off this one and get our confidence back a little bit.”

Noah McKinney and Henry Hoversten provided plenty of offensive support with 14 points each and a combined 13 rebounds. McKinney also had three steals.

Tyler Bultena chipped in seven points in the win. Cameron Moen struggled with his shot and had just two points, but he dished out six assists.

WCHS needed the offensive balance to stave off the Humboldt duo of Jamison Heinz and Calvin Carlson, who combined for 47 points, including 25 of the Wildcats’ 29 second-half points.

Heinz matched Tanner with 26 points, 16 of them in the second half. Carlson poured in 21.

“You have to give those two credit; they played very well,” McKinney said. “There were some fundamental breakdowns defensively, but Heinz is a tough match-up, especially when he shoots as well as he did.”

WCHS outscored Humboldt (5-9, 3-6 NCC) 19-10 in the second quarter to build a 35-27 halftime advantage.

The Lynx will be at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on Friday, followed by another road game at Gilbert on Saturday.

Webster City 65, Humboldt 56

Tuesday at Humboldt

Webster City (9-5, 6-3 NCC) — Noah McKinney 4 4-4 14, Cameron Moen 1 0-0 2, Jordan Tanner 11 3-3 26, Tyler Bultena 3 1-4 7, Dylan Steen 1 0-0 2, Henry Hoversten 7 0-0 14, Nick Hackbarth 0 0-0 0. Totals: 27 8-14 65.

Humboldt (5-9, 3-6 NCC) — Austin Brandt 0 0-0 0, Jamison Heinz 10 3-4 26, Calvin Carlson 9 0-0 21, Hudson Gargano 0 0-0 0, Jack Arndt 0 0-0 0, Owen Terwilliger 3 0-1 6, Isaac Thurm 1 0-0 3, Denny Pederson 0 0-2 0. Totals: 23 3-7 56.

Webster City 16 19 12 18 — 65

Humboldt 17 10 12 17 — 56

3-point field goals — WC 3 (McKinney 2, Tanner); HUM 7 (Heinz 3, Carlson 3, Thurm). Rebounds — WC 26 (Hoversten 8, Tanner 5, McKinney 5). Steals — WC 7 (McKinney 3, Tanner 2). Assists — WC 17 (Tanner 7, Moen 6). Team fouls — WC 7, HUM 14. Fouled out — none.

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