It was one of the better first halves the Webb Feet have seen this year. Solid defense and forcing USN to play Webb's pace allowed Webb to stay within striking distance of USN until a scoring drought struck in the third quarter.
Webb eventually fell 59-36 on the road.
"Our first half was one of our better halves of the year. We've really been working hard and the kids were improving," said Webb coach Jeff Mitchell.
The improvement was obvious as Webb nearly went point for point with the home team during the first two quarters.
Webb went to the break trailing by just four points.
But as impressive as a first half as the Feet were able to put together, the wheels came flying off in the third.
At first glance, it might seem easy to put the blame on the defense, but Webb was struck with several turnovers that led to points in transition for USN.
"We turned the ball over in bad spots and that led to layups. We were competitive in the fourth quarter, but the third quarter was really the difference in the game," Mitchell said.
Webb did rally for 16 in the fourth, but couldn't overcome the deficit from the third quarter.
In all, Webb was led by Branson Popp's inside game with 22 points. Chase Hullett added eight.
Webb will look to take some of the successes from Tuesday night into Saturday's game at Davidson Academy.
"That first half was really encouraging. We are making strides," Mitchell said.
Webb 9 9 2 16--36
USN 10 12 18 19--59
Webb: Branson Popp 22, Chase Hullet 8, Rod Walsh 2, Robert Windham 2, Shiro Burnett 2.
USN: William Nash 21, Ashton Hurd 10, Nick Williams 9, David Graham 6, Emanual Nelson 4, Chance Jones 4, Jason Kendricks 3, Alex Estine 2.
Halftime score: USN 22, Webb 18.