It was a tough weekend for Basketball fans in Webster City and Iowa in general.
With the Hawkeyes and Cyclones Men’s Basketball teams starting Big 12 and Big 10 Conference play a combined 0 and 8, the local hoops faithful would like to look to the high school teams in Webster City to pick up the slack. Unfortunately, Friday turned out to be a slight step in the wrong direction for both the boys and the girls.
The weekend started off with a doubleheader featuring the Webster City Lynx and the Clear Lake Lions Friday night at Webster City High School. The Lynx girls entered the game on a 3 game winning streak that marked their longest such streak since 2009. The girls also had an opportunity to move over the .500 mark at the latest point in a season since the Lynx checked in at 7 and 5 on January 22nd, 2009. The game started off on the right note early for the Lynx, who led 7-2 midway through the 1st quarter, but things would slowly turn the way of the 3rd ranked Lions. By halftime, Webster City found themselves down 20-14 and Clear Lake would use 8-0 and 9-0 runs to start the 3rd and 4th quarters to put the Lynx away 46-26. The biggest story of the game is that Lynx Sophomore leading scorer entering the game Taylor McKinney (17.4ppg) was held to just 4 points on 2 of 6 shooting with no free throws attempted. The Lynx also struggled with turnovers (19 to Clear Lake’s 11) and missed layups (6+ missed from within the block). The Lynx will have a great opportunity this week to move over the .500 mark, however, as Tuesday they will travel to Northwest Webster (3-7) while Friday they will visit Hampton-Dumont (3-6). The Lynx currently sit at 4 and 5, good for 4th place in the 8 team North Central Conference.
Hopes were still high after the doubleheader-opening loss that the boys could prevail against the 5 and 3 Clear Lake Lions to earn a split between the schools on the evening. The Lynx boys entered the game with a solid 5 and 1 overall mark in 2017 and looked to bounce back from a tough loss to St. Edmond’s in the final game before winter break. Unlike that matchup with the Gaels, the Lynx saw Junior Center Henry Hoversten return from a head injury to start and register 6 points on 2 of 4 shooting. Unfortunately for the Lynx, they would fall behind early and often while limping to halftime down 36-18 to the visiting Lions as Senior Point Guard Zach Lester exploded for 10 points in the first quarter on his way to 25 in the game for the visiting team. The Lynx would cheap away throughout the 3rd quarter and early into the fourth on the back of a 20 point performance by Senior “Point Forward” Jordan Tanner. After cutting the lead to 7 with 5 minutes left in the 4th, the boys would suffer from the same plague that hurt the girls just 90 minutes earlier, turnovers. Back to back turnovers by Tanner and Junior Dylan Steen pushed the momentum back towards Clear Lake, who pulled away for the 55-39 victory. The loss dropped the Lynx to 5 and 2 while the Lions improved to 6 and 3 (although they would fall the following afternoon 74-54 to Forest City). The Lynx still hold the keys to the driver’s seat as they sit in first place in the NCC, while the St. Edmond’s Gaels loom at 6 and 3. The Lynx face a favorable schedule this week in Northwest Webster (5-4) and Hampton-Dumont (1-8). Friday’s doubleheader at Hampton-Dumont can be heard live on KZWC 1570AM and 92.9FM.
At the very least, fans of Hamilton County basketball teams in general can rest assured that it’s a very serious possibility that the 11-0 and 5th ranked South Hamilton Hawks have a very legitimate chance to go 22-0 on the regular season.