WEBSTER CITY - It was an uphill climb for 31 minutes and 56 seconds for the Webster City boys' basketball team last night inside the WCHS gymnasium.
But those last four seconds, oh what a sweet downhill ride they were.
And the Lynx have sophomore sharpshooter Mason Myers to thank.
DFJ photo by Tracy Runneberg
Webster City sophomore guard Mason Myers (4) eyes the bucket while being guarded by St. Edmond’s Alex Mericle last night. Myers’ 3-point basket from the top of the key with 4 seconds left gave the Lynx the lead for good in a 42-41 win.
Myers showed no fear as he canned a 3-pointer from the top of the key with just four seconds left on the clock to give Webster City its one and only lead in a thrilling 42-41 victory over North Central Conference rival and defending Class 2A state runner-up Fort Dodge St. Edmond.
The Lynx (8-8, 8-6 NCC) - winners of four straight games and six of their last seven conference tilts - trailed 41-39 when they took possession of the ball with 21.7 ticks remaining. Following a timeout they worked the offense and got Myers in position to hit the game winner.
Myers led all scorers with 16 points.
Webster City 42, St. Edmond 41
St. Edmond (12-6, 11-5 NCC) - David Flattery 5 2-3 14, Aaron Chalstrom 3 0-0 7, Aaron McElroy 1 1-2 3, Alex Mericle 1 1-2 3, Eddie Doyle 1 0-0 2, Robby Burke 6 0-0 12, Landon Peed 0 0-0 0. Totals: 16 4-7 41.
Webster City (8-8, 8-6 NCC) - Mason Myers 5 3-4 16, Austin Myers 2 0-0 4, Colby Larson 0 0-0 0, Eric Coleman 0 0-0 0, Ben Mossman 0 0-0 0, Nick Olmstead 5 0-3 11, Trey Tesdahl 0 0-0 0, Boone Myers 5 1-2 11. Totals: 17 3-7 42.
Quarter scores - SE led 13-10, 25-21 and 34-31. 3-point field goals - SE 3 (Flattery 2, Chalstrom); WC 4 (M. Myers 3, Olmstead). Rebounds - WC 15 (B. Myers 6). Steals - WC 3. Assists - WC 7 (A. Myers 3). Blocks - WC 3 (B. Myers 3). Team fouls - SE 9, WC 12. Fouled out - none.
St. Edmond (12-6, 11-5 NCC) - which lost its second straight game, but its first league contest in its last six outings - had one last gasp, but David Flattery's runner at the buzzer fell short of the iron.
And the celebration was on.
"You've got to give our kids credit because nothing came easy," WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said after his club clawed back to .500 for the first time this season. "This was one of those defensive slugfests like we've been used to the last couple of years, so they earned this."
Flattery had a chance to give the Gaels a three- or four-point lead with 26 seconds to go, but he missed the front end of a one-and-one and gave WCHS the opportunity to steal one.
During the timeout with 21.7 seconds remaining, McKinney says he drew up a play to try to get Mason Myers an open look at the basket.
"We wanted to get Mason a look because he was shooting the ball well," McKinney said. "Boone (Myers) came out and gave him a high screen and (St. Edmond) gave him a little bit of room and he knocked it down.
"Mason is a competitor and he's a basketball player. He's got a ton of confidence in his shot and the great thing is his teammates have confidence in him too."
WCHS tied the game on two occasions in the fourth quarter, the last time at 36 on a Mason Myers baseline jumper with 4:46 left. But Aaron Chalstrom buried a 3-pointer on the Gaels' next possession to put his team back on top. It was St. Edmond's last field goal of the game.
Flattery led the Gaels with 14 points and Robby Burke - the league's third-highest scorer at 18.5 points per game - finished with 12. The Lynx limited Burke to just two points in the second half; he had 10 during the opening 16 minutes to help St. Edmond build a 25-21 halftime advantage.
"Boone did a great job on Burke in the second half," McKinney said of his 6-foot-5 senior center who finished with 11 points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Nick Olmstead also reached double figures for the Lynx with 11 points. Austin Myers was the only other player to score; he had four.
WCHS will face another conference heavyweight on Friday when it hosts Humboldt.