Freshman Sharar torches Lynx for 29 points in NCC upset
WCHS struggles at FT line, dips to 13-6; Hoversten goes for 14 points and 13 rebounds
IOWA FALLS — It may have been senior night inside the Iowa Falls-Alden High School gymnasium, but the freshman went ahead and stole the show anyway.
Karson Sharar is going to be a massive headache for opponents for years to come. He delivered a four-Advil kind of pain to Webster City Friday night.
Iowa Falls-Alden’s shifty guard torched the Lynx for 29 points to power the Cadets to a 53-46 upset victory over their North Central Conference rival. WCHS (13-6, 9-4 NCC) saw its five-game win streak snapped against an IF-A (8-11, 4-9 NCC) group that had lost three straight league tussles, including a 17-point beating at the hands of Humboldt just three days earlier.
Flat was how WCHS head coach Marty McKinney described his team.
“You could come up with excuses, but we’ve got four senior starters that have played a lot of basketball,” he said. “Urgency is the word that keeps coming to my mind; I didn’t see very much of that and I don’t know why.”
Sharar, who ranks second in the NCC in scoring at 20.3 points per game, erupted for 20 second-half points — a 16-minute span in which IF-A outscored the Lynx 32-24. He played limited minutes in the first half after being tagged with two fouls by the four-minute mark of the second quarter.
With the Cadets’ offensive leader toiling away on the bench, WCHS was unable to take advantage and took just a one-point lead, 22-21, into the halftime break. The Lynx wobbled at the free throw line and made just 4 of 11 attempts in the opening half. They finished a frustrating 7 of 17 at the charity stripe, a statistic that McKinney said was telling in a seven-point game.
“We’ve got guys that can shoot it and we’re getting to the free throw line a lot, which is what you always want to see,” he said. “If we make 12 or 13, then it’s a different game.”
Back-to-back buckets inside the paint by Henry Hoversten early in the third quarter put the Lynx in front, 26-23, but IF-A answered with a 7-0 spurt and scored 10 of the final 12 points over the last 5:40.
Sharar buried a step-back 3-pointer from the left wing just before the buzzer to give IF-A a 33-28 lead after three quarters. He hit another triple from almost the same spot on the opening possession of the fourth to cap a 13-2 surge and extend the Cadets’ lead to eight points, 36-28.
Tyler Bultena did everything he could to limit Sharar’s chances. But a closely called game by the officials, particularly on the perimeter, tied his hands somewhat. Bultena eventually fouled out with 2:49 remaining in the contest.
“Give Sharar credit … you’d never guess he was a freshman,” McKinney said. “He’s very good at getting his shot off, he’s very good cutting without the ball and he finishes off the dribble. The game plan was to help early on him, but I thought our help came late and wasn’t in the right spots.”
Sharar comes by his offensive skills naturally. His dad, Lincoln Sharar, scored 2,320 career points for Dows High School from 1988-92. Lincoln Sharar ranks ninth on Iowa’s all-time scoring list.
WCHS trimmed its deficit to 40-38 on a Cameron Moen baseline drive and bucket with 2:30 remaining, but IF-A scored the next five points to seize control for good.
Jordan Tanner and Noah McKinney both hit late 3s for the Lynx.
Hoversten punished IF-A inside with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
“We got the post touches we wanted and Henry did a great job working,” Marty McKinney said. “We definitely thought we could exploit that a little bit.”
Tanner sat for extended minutes in each half because of foul trouble, but caught fire late and finished with 11 points. Moen chipped in nine points, and Bultena produced six points, five rebounds and four assists.
Logan Aldinger (nine points) and Devin Sheridan (eight) combine for 17 points to aid Sharar’s effort.
WCHS will travel to Clear Lake Tuesday night to take on the conference champion Lions at 7:45 p.m.
IF-Alden 53, Webster City 46
Friday at Iowa Falls
Webster City (13-6, 9-4 NCC) — Noah McKinney 2 0-0 5, Cameron Moen 3 2-4 9, Jordan Tanner 4 2-3 11, Tyler Olson 0 0-0 0, Carter Neuroth 0 0-0 0, Tyler Bultena 3 0-0 6, Dylan Steen 0 1-6 1, Henry Hoversten 6 2-4 14, Lincoln LaSourd 0 0-0 0, Nick Hackbarth 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 7-17 46.
Iowa Falls-Alden (8-11, 4-9 NCC) — Devin Sheridan 2 4-7 8, Luke Rubow 0 0-0 0, Karson Sharar 10 6-9 29, Brady Janssen 0 0-0 0, Tyjon Rose 1 0-0 2, Lucas Haverkamp 1 3-6 5, Logan Aldinger 3 2-2 9, Jackson French 0 0-0 0, Tristan Schnitker 0 0-0 0, Tim Long 0 0-2 0. Totals: 17 15-26 53.
Webster City 12 10 6 18 — 46
IF-Alden 11 10 12 20 — 53
3-point field goals — WC 3 (McKinney, Moen, Tanner); IF-A 4 (Sharar 3, Aldinger). Rebounds — WC 26 (Hoversten 13, Bultena 5). Steals — WC 4. Assists — WC 11 (Bultena 4). Team fouls — WC 22, IF-A 17. Fouled out — WC: Bultena, Hoversten; IF-A: Long.