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West Central Area School
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Basketball (G)

Lady Knights Dominant in Win Over Ashby

By Eric Schoenbauer - Ashby, MN

The​ ​West Central Area Lady​ ​Knights​ ​traveled​ ​to​ ​Ashby​ ​to​ ​take​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Arrows​ ​on​ ​Tuesday​ ​night.​ ​​ WCA dominated both halves on the way to a 61-29 victory.

​The​ ​game started​ ​out​ ​with​ ​solid​ ​possessions​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​and​ ​they​ ​started​ ​to​ ​build​ ​a​ ​lead​ ​at​ ​14-3. The​ ​Arrows​ ​battled​ ​back​ ​and​ ​it​ ​was​ ​pretty​ ​an​ ​even​ ​end​ ​to​ ​the​ ​half​ ​with​ ​the​ ​score​ ​being​ ​28-13. The​ ​second​ ​half​ ​the​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​began​ ​to​ ​build​ ​a​ ​bigger​ ​lead,​ ​but​ ​the​ ​Arrows​ ​never​ ​backed down​ ​and​ ​worked​ ​hard​ ​until​ ​the​ ​final​ ​horn.​ ​​ ​

The​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​were​ ​led​ ​ ​by​ ​Morgan​ ​Woodle​ ​with​ ​12​ ​points​ ​and​ ​11​ ​rebounds. Ella​ ​Van​ ​Kempen​ ​had​ ​10​ ​points,​ ​8​ ​rebounds,​ ​3​ ​steals​ ​and​ ​blocks.​ ​​ ​Brianna​ ​Kreft​ ​scored​ ​7 points,​ ​13​ ​rebounds,​ ​2​ ​assists​ ​and​ ​a​ ​steal.​ ​​ ​Lexi​ ​Bright​ ​scored​ ​9​ ​points,​ ​had​ ​5​ ​steals​ ​and​ ​2 rebounds.​ ​​ ​Amanda​ ​Dreschel​ ​had​ ​7​ ​points,​ ​3​ ​rebounds,​ ​2​ ​steals​ ​and​ ​an​ ​assist.​ ​​ ​Hailey​ ​Bennett had​ ​7​ ​points,​ ​4​ ​steals,​ ​4​ ​rebounds​ ​and​ ​a​ ​block.​ ​​ ​Demara​ ​Bumgardner​ ​had​ ​5​ ​points,​ ​3​ ​assists​ ​2 rebounds​ ​and​ ​2​ ​steals.​ ​​ ​Kaitlyn​ ​Sanstead​ ​scored​ ​2​ ​points,​ ​had​ ​3​ ​assists,​ ​4​ ​steals​ ​and​ ​a rebound.​ ​​ ​Izzy​ ​Wittbrodt​ ​2​ ​points,​ ​a​ ​steal​ ​and​ ​a​ ​rebound.​ ​​ ​Kaleigh​ ​Anderson​ ​grabbed​ ​2​ ​rebounds tonight.

“The​ ​girls​ ​played​ ​hard​ ​tonight​ ​and​ ​we​ ​continually​ ​grew​ ​the​ ​lead.​ ​​ ​We​ ​do​ ​need​ ​to understand​ ​pushing​ ​the​ ​ball​ ​is​ ​good,​ ​but​ ​if​ ​nothing​ ​is​ ​there​ ​we​ ​can​ ​be​ ​patient,” ​said Coach Eric Schoenbauer.​ ​​ ​

Leading the way for Ashby was Kalista Aamot with 11 points and 8 boards. Josey Ness added 7 points and 6 boards, and Catherine Koefod contributed 7 points and 3 boards.

"Even with the score the way it was our girls played hard and never quit from the tip to the final horn," reported Ashby Head Coach Troy Mickelson.  "We continue to work hard and are getting better at handling pressure defenses.  The Knight had good half court pressure tonight which led to us turning the ball over and never feeling quite comfortable in our offensive sets.  In the first half we did a better job of handliing their pressure and took good shots.  When we take our time and take what the defense gives us we are a much more effective team offensively.  In the second half we played more rushed on offense and at times forced the ball into the paint.  As the season goes on we will continue to get better at handling pressure defenses and we will continue to work on being comfortable in our offense.  Anna Thormodson, Celi Nelson and Tae-Yah Johnson all played tonight and worked hard on the offensive and defensive ends of the court.  I am proud of how our girls work and they continue to show grit."

The​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​host​ ​the​ ​Hancock​ ​Owls​ ​on​ ​Friday​ ​night, while Ashby plays host to Rothsay in a Little Eight Conference contest.

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