Lynx struggles continue in regular season finale loss to Boone

BOONE — The Webster City boys’ basketball team shot just 36 percent from the field, including an icy 14 percent from behind the arc, here last night.

Not exactly the way the Lynx wanted to end the regular season.

“You’ve got to put the ball in the basket to win basketball games and we are just struggling to get things going offensively,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said after his team was tripped up by Boone, 53-44.

Losers of three consecutive games, the Lynx (13-8) made just 3 of 22 shots from long distance.

Boone (14-7) took control with a 22-12 second-quarter surge. WCHS trimmed what was once a double-digit deficit down to two points in the fourth quarter, but could get no closer.

Trevor Vanpelt led Boone with 17 points. He buried three triples during the second quarter to help the Toreadors build a 33-21 halftime cushion.

John Herrick added 14 points and Justin Aspengren finished with 13.

Henry Hoversten (15 points, 10 rebounds) and Jordan Tanner (11 points, 11 rebounds) both turned in a double-double for the Lynx. Cameron Moen hit all three of the team’s 3s and finished with nine points.

WCHS will try to regroup in time for Monday’s Class 3A district opener against Decorah. The game will be played in Charles City at 6:30 p.m.

“The regular season is over. We can’t change anything and we can’t worry about it,” McKinney said. “These kids have proven they can win, now we just have to go do it.”

Boone 53, Webster City 44

Thursday at Boone

Webster City (13-8) — Noah McKinney 2 0-0 4, Cameron Moen 3 0-0 9, Jordan Tanner 5 1-2 11, Tyler Bultena 1 1-2 3, Tyler Olson 0 0-0 0, Dylan Steen 1 0-0 2, Henry Hoversten 6 3-6 15. Totals: 18 5-10 44.

Boone (14-7) — Derek Rhinehart 0 0-0 0, Trevor Vanpelt 5 4-4 17, Tyler Casotti 1 0-0 2, Dresden Wilson 2 0-0 5, Matej Vukic 0 0-0 0, Justin Aspengren 4 5-6 13, John Herrick 4 5-7 14, Casey Hutchings 1 0-1 2. Totals: 17 14-18 53.

Webster City 9 12 11 12 — 44

Boone 11 22 5 15 — 53

3-point field goals — WC 3 (Moen 3); Boone 5 (Vanpelt 3, Wilson, Herrick). Rebounds — WC 31 (Tanner 11, Hoversten 10. Steals — WC 5 (Moen 2). Assists — WC 11 (Bultena 4, Tanner 4). Team fouls — WC 10, Boone 15. Fouled out — none.

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