Grant County Herald
West Central Area had their seven-game winning streak ended with a loss to Underwood, but they were able to bounce back with a 54-38 win over Osakis at home Jan. 4. Led by 20 points from Macy Grosz, the Knights improved to 9-3 on the season.
Osakis started with the first five points of the game. Osakis continued to play well and held an 18-7 lead with just under eight minutes left in the first half.
West Central Area continued to chip away at the lead and a corner three from Grosz made it 26-22 with 30 seconds left. Osakis hit a mid range jumper at the buzzer to take a 28-22 lead into the halftime break.
The Knights came out with their hair on fire to start the second half and scored the first 11 points of the second half to take a 33-28 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
West Central Area played some lockdown defense in the second half and only allowed 10 second half points for Osakis. That strong defense allowed the Knights to build a big lead in the final 18 minutes and they coasted their way to a 14-point win over Osakis.
The Knights played fast against Osakis. WCA had a 9-3 advantage in fastbreak points. They also forced 22 Osakis turnovers and only had 15 themselves. The difference in turnovers led to a 22-8 advantage in points off turnovers for the Knights.
Macy Grosz was the only Knight player to finish in double figures and led the squad with 20 points and added five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Addison Staples added nine points, two assists and two rebounds. Mya Foslien added eight points, five steals, three assists and two rebounds. Jayden Styba and Sydney Ulrich both tallied six points. Styba also added a team high 12 rebounds, three assists and two steals. Ulrich chipped in with two rebounds and two steals.
The Knights dropped a game on the road against Minnewaska 53-47 on Jan. 5, see the Jan. 17 issue of the Grant County Herald for the full recap. The next game on the schedule for WCA is set for Friday, January 12 in Melrose against the Dutchmen.