lynx one win from state berth

The Webster City boys were as efficient and effective as ever here Thursday night against North Central Conference rival Algona.

Alec Fuhs scored 19 points, twin brother Avery added 16 and the Lynx claimed a Class 3A, District 4 championship with a 59-47 victory inside the FDSH gym.

Next up for Webster City (20-2 overall) will be third-ranked Spirit Lake (20-3) on Monday in Storm Lake at the Buena Vista University campus. Tip is set for 7 p.m.

The Lynx, who swept the Bulldogs (17-6) during the regular season to claim the NCC title, fell in an early 7-0 hole. Once they battled out of that, though, it was all purple and gold from there on out.

“It’s tough to beat a team three times in a season,” WCHS head coach Marty McKinney said. “Give Algona a lot of credit because they gave us everything we could handle, which we were expecting. They are a great team and we were lucky to get the win.”

Alec Fuhs started the Lynx on a three-point run and finished it in the first quarter, sinking a triple as the horn sounded. Landon Daniels, a part of an all-senior starting lineup, did the same at the end of the second.

In between, Webster City put together an 18-2 run that gave them a 12-point cushion. They made 6 of 7 field goals in the second quarter alone and drained six triples in the first half.

For the game, the Lynx were 59-percent from the floor, 53-percent from the three-point line and made 17 of 22 free throws. Entering the night, WCHS sat atop the 3A team stats in three-point percentage and were third in field goal percentage.

“We pride ourselves on our defense,” said McKinney, whose team held their 17th opponent under 50 points this year. “But over these last few games, our offense has really started clicking. It has all started to come together for us.”

In three games vs. Algona this year, Webster City made 60 of 80 shots from the charity stripe.

Despite struggling to the tune of a 4-for-22 performance themselves from the floor in the second and third quarters, the Bulldogs finally got on track in the fourth. They put together an 8-2 run and closed the gap to seven, but the Lynx were sitting in the dominant position even without Avery Fuhs, who had fouled out.

Colt Richardson was 6-for-6 from the line in the fourth as part of a 14-for-17 effort by Webster City.

“We had to adjust our offense with Avery off the floor,” McKinney said. “He’s one of our top ballhandlers with Alec, but Landon took over and helped out, Brandon (Ausenhus), Connor Foster and Connor Shannon came in off the bench and gave us solid minutes.

“And when we needed someone to take over on Landon (Rash), Alec took on the responsibility.”

Rash, who scored 20 points in both meetings vs. the Lynx this year, was held to just 13. He entered the night having posted six straight 20-plus games and surpassed that mark 16 times in all this year.

Cole Banwart, who has signed to play football at the University of Iowa, finished with 12 points and five rebounds, while Justin Wykoff had 10 points. Just like the Lynx, Algona featured a starting five of all seniors.

Spirit Lake ousted Storm Lake last night, 78-52.