Stuhr not bothered by big stage

Lynx sophomore scores 10 points in varsity debut, aids win over CGD

WCHS sophomore forward Jamin Stuhr (34) scores over CGD’s Connor State during the Lynx 59-55 overtime win on Tuesday. DFJ photo/Tracy Queen

WEBSTER CITY — Jamin Stuhr was asked to run before he ever walked inside the WCHS gymnasium Tuesday night. But the Webster City sophomore took it a step further: He actually sprinted.

Wearing a varsity basketball uniform for the first time, Stuhr came off the bench and supplied the Lynx with 10 points, including two clutch free throws down the stretch, to help fend off Clarion-Goldfield-Dows in overtime, 59-55.

WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said Stuhr’s contributions extended well beyond the points he scored.

“He’s got a motor and he just plays hard all the time,” McKinney said of his newest addition to the rotation. “We knew Jamin was going to play quite a bit, but with the effort he puts forth, it’s going to be hard to keep him off the floor.”

Stuhr, who also corralled seven rebounds, was one of three WCHS players to score in double figures. Tavis Eklund led the way with 14 points and Carter Neuroth pitched in 10 more to go along with six assists.

WCHS guard Drake Doering (left) drives towards the basket during Tuesday’s overtime win over NCC rival CGD. DFJ photo/Tracy Queen

Tyler Olson finished with eight points and seven boards. Drake Doering added eight points as well.

Olson returned to the floor after missing the Lynx final game before the holiday break and much of the practice time during the hiatus due to influenza.

WCHS (5-1, 3-1 NCC) didn’t shoot particularly well — just 41 percent, including a meager 24 percent from behind the arc — and also struggled at the foul line (11 of 23). Still, McKinney liked the effort and says it was needed against an upstart CGD (4-3, 2-3 NCC) group that has just one senior on the roster.

“We just didn’t shoot well, but overall I thought we did the things we wanted to,” he said. “Our effort was good.

“I knew (CGD) would come in here expecting to win and we’d have to play well. For the most part we did.”

Christian Gaytan cut loose for a game-high 26 points for the Cowboys. Coady Olson went off for 14 points, but WCHS limited sophomore forward Connor State to just 10, more than six below his season average.

“State is a good post and we don’t necessarily have a lot of big guys, but we gave help,” McKinney said. “Gaytan knocked down shots.”

The game was tied at 26 at the intermission and 48 at the end of regulation. WCHS led 37-35 after three quarters.

The Lynx will hit the road on Friday to take on Iowa Falls-Alden.

Webster City 59, CGD 55 (OT)

Tuesday at Webster City

CGD (4-3, 2-3 NCC) — Christian Gaytan 9 5-6 26, Coady Olson 5 2-4 14, Jaxon Carpenter 2 0-0 5, Aiden Harrington 0 0-4 0, Devin Morales 0 0-0 0, Landon Olson 0 0-0 0, Gavin Wilson 0 0-0 0, Cael Chase 0 0-0 0, Connor State 5 0-0 10. Totals: 21 7-14 55.

Webster City (5-1, 3-1 NCC) — Ty McKinney 0 0-0 0, Drake Doering 3 1-4 8, Tavis Eklund 5 2-3 14, Tyler Olson 4 0-2 8, Carter Neuroth 2 6-10 10, Lincoln LaSourd 2 0-0 5, Jamin Stuhr 4 2-2 10, Will Tasler 2 0-2 4. Totals: 22 11-23 59.

CGD 11 15 9 13 7 — 55

Web City 15 11 11 11 11 — 59

3-point field goals — CGD 6 (Gaytan 3, C. Olson 2, Carpenter); WC 4 (Eklund 2, Doering, LaSourd). Rebounds — WC 31 (T. Olson 7, Stuhr 7). Steals — WC 4 (Doering 2). Assists — WC 12 (Neuroth 6). Turnovers — WC 11. Team fouls — CGD 20, WC 13. Fouled out — CGD: C. Olson.


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