WCHS boys stymied by Bulldogs, fall by 13

ALGONA — The inability to play through contact was a key problem for the Webster City boys’ basketball team in a North Central Conference loss here Friday night.

The Lynx found ways to get the bucket, they just couldn’t finish in a 44-31 loss to Algona.

“Same story, different day,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “When you have 17 layup attempts or 17 legitimate shots in the paint and you score on 7 out of 17, you’re just not going to get it done. We don’t play through contact and we try to avoid contact … and the results we’re getting are consistent and they’re not good.”

WCHS (8-4, 5-3 NCC) was held to single-digit point totals over the final three quarters. Algona (7-7, 6-2 NCC) led 30-16 at the half and 41-22 after three quarters.

The Bulldogs cashed in on seven 3-pointers, three of them from Collin Bleich on his way to a game-high 13 points. Wyatt Wegener added nine in the win.

Jordan Tanner dropped in a team-high eight points to go along with eight rebounds, three steals and two assists for WCHS. Henry Hoversten finished with seven points and 10 rebounds. Cameron Moen rained in a pair of 3s for six points.

WCHS shot just 27 percent from the field (12 of 45) and 23 percent from behind the arc (3 of 13).

Algona 44, Webster City 31

Friday at Algona

Webster City (8-4, 5-3 NCC) — Noah McKinney 1 0-0 3, Cameron Moen 2 0-0 6, Nathan Ferrell 0 0-0 0, Jordan Tanner 3 2-4 8, Tyler Bultena 2 0-0 4, Dylan Steen 1 1-2 3, Henry Hoversten 3 1-2 7, Nick Hackbarth 0 0-0 0. Totals: 12 4-8 31.

Algona (7-7, 6-2 NCC) — Matt Grein 1 0-0 3, Wyatt Wegener 3 1-2 9, Trevor Bormann 1 0-0 3, Trey Engen 0 0-0 0, Spencer Nelson 2-2 2, Skyler Groen 2-2 2, Spencer Holmes 3 0-0 6, Collin Bleich 4 2-2 4 2-2 13, Collin Sexton 3 0-0 6, Jason Cecil 0 0-0 0. Totals: 15 7-8 44.

Webster City 10 6 6 9 — 31

Algona 17 13 11 3 — 44

3-point field goals — WC 3 (Moen 2, McKinney); ALG 7 (Bleich 3, Wegener 2, Grein, Bormann). Rebounds — WC 29 (Hoversten 10, Tanner 8). Steals — WC 5 (Tanner 3). Assists — WC 5 (Tanner 2, McKinney 2). Team fouls — WC 9, ALG 12. Fouled out — none.

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