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Tuesday, January 2, 2018
Basketball (G)

Lady Knights Claim Valkyrie Title in Pelican Rapids

By Eric Schoenbauer - Pelican Rapids, MN

The​ West Central Area ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​had​ ​a​ ​Thursday​ ​matchup​ ​ ​against​ ​the​ ​Battle​ ​Lake​ ​Battlers in the Pelican Rapids Holiday Tournament, which they won 69-42.​ ​​ ​That win put them up against Frazee in the title game of the Valkyrie Tournament on Friday. The Knights won the championship with a 58-49 victory over the Hornets.

The Knights​ ​opened​ ​up​ ​from​ ​the​ ​very​ ​beginning of the game against Battle Lake.​ ​​ ​The​ ​first​ ​half​ ​had​ ​everything​ ​going​ ​the​ ​Knights way​ ​and​ ​the​ ​lead​ ​grew​ ​to​ ​a​ ​36-11​ ​score​ ​at​ ​halftime.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Knights​ ​had​ ​their​ ​lead​ ​grow immediately​ ​in​ ​the​ ​second​ ​half​ ​and​ ​then​ ​the​ ​Battlers​ ​went​ ​on​ ​a​ ​run​ ​and​ ​cut​ ​into​ ​the​ ​lead.​ ​​ ​The Knights​ ​would​ ​respond​ ​and​ ​win​ ​the​ ​second​ ​half​ ​by​ ​two​ ​points.​ ​​

“Our​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​dictate​ ​tempo​ ​in​ ​the​ ​game​ ​was​ ​the​ ​reason​ ​the​ ​girls​ ​were​ ​very​ ​successful tonight,” said WCA Head Coach Eric Schoenbauer.​ ​​ ​“The​ ​Battlers​ ​are​ ​a​ ​disciplined​ ​team​ ​and​ ​they​ ​worked​ ​hard​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​game,​ ​and​ ​that did​ ​not​ ​allow​ ​us​ ​to​ ​relax​ ​tonight.”​ ​​

​The Knights​ ​were​ ​led​ ​by​ ​Amanda​ ​Dreschel​ ​and​ ​Lexi​ ​Bright with​ ​14​ ​points​ ​apiece.​ ​​ ​Bright​ ​added​ ​3​ ​rebounds,​ ​2​ ​assists,​ ​2​ ​steals​ ​and​ ​a​ ​block.​ ​​ ​Amanda Dreschel​ ​added​ ​an​ ​assist,​ ​a​ ​steal​ ​and​ ​3​ ​rebounds.​ ​​ ​Brianna​ ​Kreft​ ​had​ ​a​ ​double-double​ ​with​ ​12 points​ ​and​ ​10​ ​rebounds.​ ​​ ​She​ ​also​ ​added​ ​an​ ​assist​ ​and​ ​2​ ​steals.​ ​​ ​Ella​ ​Van​ ​Kempen​ ​had​ ​11​ ​points, 4​ ​steals,​ ​3​ ​rebounds​ ​and​ ​2​ ​assists.​ ​​ ​Demara​ ​Bumgardner​ ​had​ ​5​ ​points,​ ​2​ ​rebounds,​ ​2​ ​assists​ ​and​ ​a steal.​ ​​ ​Morgan​ ​Woodle​ ​had​ ​5​ ​points,​ ​11​ ​rebounds​ ​and​ ​2​ ​steals.​ ​​ ​Izzy​ ​Wittbodt​ ​scored​ ​4​ ​points​ ​and a​ ​steal.​ ​​ ​Kaleigh​ ​Anderson​ ​put​ ​in​ ​4​ ​points,​ ​an​ ​assist​ ​and​ ​2​ ​steals.​ ​​ ​Hailey​ ​Bennett​ ​had​ ​a​ ​rebound and​ ​2​ ​steals​ ​along​ ​with​ ​stellar​ ​defense​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​night.​ ​​ ​Kaitlyn​ ​Sanstead​ ​had​ ​an​ ​assist​ ​and​ ​2 steals.

Against Frazee, the​ ​game​ ​opened​ ​up​ ​back​ ​and​ ​forth​ ​and​ ​then​ ​the​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​took​ ​a​ ​slight​ ​lead​ ​with​ ​10 minutes​ ​to​ ​play​ ​in​ ​the​ ​first​ ​half.​ ​​ ​The​ ​lead​ ​would​ ​grow​ ​to​ ​double​ ​digits​ ​only​ ​to​ ​be​ ​cut​ ​in​ ​the​ ​last few​ ​minutes​ ​of​ ​the​ ​first​ ​half​ ​to​ ​a​ ​30-23​ ​lead.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​came​ ​out​ ​of​ ​the​ ​second​ ​half​ ​and began​ ​to​ ​grow​ ​the​ ​lead​ ​again​ ​to​ ​only​ ​have​ ​the​ ​Hornets​ ​fight​ ​back​ ​and​ ​cut​ ​it​ ​to​ ​a​ ​single​ ​digit​ ​lead. The​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​hit​ ​some​ ​late​ ​free-throws​ ​to​ ​finish​ ​the​ ​game​ ​with​ the win and ​the Valkyrie​ ​Championship.

The​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​were​ ​led​ ​by​ ​Lexi​ ​Bright​ ​with​ ​13​ ​points,​ ​4​ ​rebounds,​ ​a​ ​steal​ ​and​ ​an assist.​ ​​ ​Ella​ ​Van​ ​Kempen​ ​chipped​ ​in​ ​10​ ​points,​ ​3​ ​assists,​ ​7​ ​rebounds​ ​and​ ​2​ ​blocks.​ ​​ ​Amanda Dreschel,​ ​Demara​ ​Bumgardner​ ​and​ ​Morgan​ ​Woodle​ ​each​ ​scored​ ​8​ ​points.​ ​​ ​Bumgardner​ ​added to​ ​assists​ ​and​ ​a​ ​rebound​ ​on​ ​the​ ​night.​ ​​ ​Woodle​ ​added​ ​8​ ​rebounds​ ​and​ ​a​ ​steal.​ ​​ ​Dreschel​ ​also had​ ​2​ ​steals​ ​on​ ​the​ ​night.​ ​​ ​Hailey​ ​Bennett​ ​scored​ ​7​ ​points​ ​on​ ​the​ ​night.​ ​​ ​Brianna​ ​Kreft​ ​dropped​ ​in 4​ ​points,​ ​grabbed​ ​6​ ​rebounds​ ​and​ ​a​ ​steal.​ ​​ ​Kaitlyn​ ​Sanstead​ ​had​ ​2​ ​rebounds​ ​and​ ​an​ ​assist​ ​on the​ ​night. Tonight​ ​the​ ​girls​ ​played​ ​a​ ​solid​ ​game​ ​and​ ​it’s​ ​fun​ ​to​ ​see​ ​contrasting​ ​styles​ ​of​ ​play​ ​at work.​ ​​ ​The​ ​Lady​ ​Knights​ ​next​ ​game​ ​will​ ​be​ ​Friday​ ​January​ ​5​ ​at​ ​home​ ​against​ ​Minnewaska Area.

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