No. 10 Lions turn it on in 2nd half, beat Lynx

WCHS outscored 19-3 in 3rd quarter; Tanner, Bultena and Moen all score in double figures

CLEAR LAKE — It was 16 minutes of high-fives and smiles, followed by 16 minutes of hand-wringing and frustration for the Webster City boys’ basketball team here Tuesday night.

A near flawless first half propelled the Lynx to a 28-17 lead over 10th-ranked (Class 3A) and North Central Conference champion Clear Lake. But the Lions answered the bell with an explosive 19-3 third-quarter run and they rallied back for the victory, 64-57.

Clear Lake (17-4, 13-1 NCC) won the league crown by two games over runner-up Algona. WCHS (13-7, 9-5 NCC), which entered the season looking for its third straight conference championship, had to settle for a third-place finish.

“They’re the conference champs for a reason. They came out and got after us in the third quarter,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “We couldn’t have drawn up a first half any better. The kids executed extremely well, but that third quarter was just a disaster.”

All-state guard Zach Lester scored 20 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, and Drew Enke poured in 15 of his 20 over the final 16 minutes for the Lions. Enke drained four triples and it was his shooting early in the third that pushed the momentum to Clear Lake.

“We just couldn’t get a stop and then we couldn’t get shots to go down in that third quarter,” McKinney said.

The two teams combined to burn the scoreboard for 54 fourth-quarter points.

It was another struggle at the free throw line for the Lynx, who finished just 5 of 16. Clear Lake connected on 16 of 18 attempts at the line.

Once a team that hovered around 70 percent from the charity stripe, WCHS has made just 53 percent of its attempts over the last five games, a statistic that has McKinney bewildered.

“We have just struggled at the line and I don’t know what it is,” he said. “The last five games it’s just fallen apart.”

Jordan Tanner led WCHS with 15 points, 10 of them coming in the first half. Tyler Bultena and Cameron Moen both his three triples and netted 14 and 13 points, respectively. Noah McKinney pitched in seven points.

Ten of the Lynx 21 field goals were from behind the arc. With center Henry Hoversten in foul trouble throughout the contest, they were forced to live from the perimeter.

Bultena also came down with a team-high seven rebounds and Moen dished out six assists.

WCHS will attempt to end a two-game losing streak tonight when it travels to Boone to close out the regular season.

Clear Lake 64, Webster City 57

Tuesday at Clear Lake

Webster City (13-7, 9-5 NCC) — Noah McKinney 2 1-2 7, Cameron Moen 5 0-0 13, Jordan Tanner 6 1-4 15, Tyler Olson 0 0-1 0, Tyler Bultena 5 1-2 14, Dylan Steen 1 2-7 4, Henry Hoversten 2 0-0 4. Totals: 21 5-16 57.

Clear Lake (17-4, 13-1 NCC) — Drew Enke 7 5-6 20, Nick Danielson 1 0-0 2, Sam Pedelty 0 0-0 0, Hunter Gerhardt 0 2-2 2, Zach Lester 7 9-9 24, Tate Storbeck 1 0-0 2, Carter Backhaus 0 0-0 0, Jaylen DeVries 0 0-0 0, Sean Wendel 5 0-0 10, Jared Penning 2 0-1 4, Andrew Formanek 0 0-0 0. Totals: 22 16-18 64.

Webster City 16 12 3 26 — 57

Clear Lake 7 10 19 28 — 64

3-point field goals — WC 10 (Moen 3, Bultena 3, McKinney 2, Tanner 2); CL 5 (Enke 4, Lester). Rebounds — WC 28 (Bultena 7, Steen 6). Steals — WC 2. Assists — WC 12 (Moen 6). Team fouls — WC 16, CL 14. Fouled out — none.

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