Thursday’s Basketball Briefs

Lynx fall to Boone, 45-42

WEBSTER CITY — Leading by three points at halftime and tied after three quarters, the Webster City boys’ basketball team made some mistakes down the stretch and dropped its regular season finale to Boone, 45-42, last night inside the WCHS gymnasium.

Boone (16-5), which won the Raccoon River Conference title and earned the No. 1 seed in its Class 3A substate, took advantage of 17 Lynx turnovers, including three on the team’s opening four possessions of the fourth quarter. It was the 10th consecutive win for the Toreadors.

“(Turnovers) have been our Achille’s Heel all year and we’ve been able to get away with it most nights, but you just can’t do that against a good team,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “But I thought we battled and went toe to toe with them.”

Jordan Tanner led WCHS (15-5) with 11 points and Cameron Moen added 10. Noah McKinney hit two 3-pointers and scored seven points. The trio accounted for all 25 of the Lynx first-half points.

John Herrick paced Boone with 14 points and Ethan Lewis finished with 10.

WCHS will open up 3A district play on Monday against Ballard at Dallas Center-Grimes High School in Grimes. The game will tip-off at 6:30 p.m.

No. 9 Hawks dismantle Ogden in 2A district


JEWELL — Ninth-ranked South Hamilton (20-2) received a balanced scoring effort in its 74-36 romp over Ogden in a Class 2A District 12 semifinal on Coach Jim Marsh Court last night.

Four players scored in double figures and the team handed out 23 assists on 32 baskets.

“It took us a few minutes to pick up our intensity and settle in, but once we did I thought our kids played well,” South Hamilton head coach Nathan Hill said. “We had a lot of kids with solid nights.”

Collin Hill poured in 24 points and yanked down five rebounds in the win. Marco Balderas finished with 14 points and six assists, Logan Peters contributed 13 points, six rebounds and six assists, and Conner Hill dropped in 10 points to go along with four assists.

Ben Heeren led Ogden (8-16) with 12 points.

South Hamilton will take on Southeast Valley in the district final Tuesday night at Gilbert High School. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.