March 4, 2024

Grant County Herald

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Knights trade wins and losses to Breckenridge, BOLD

Photos by Lindsey Woessner Macy Grosz cashes in on a layup for the Knights in their road game against Breckenridge Jan. 16.

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Sam Peterson

Grant County Herald

Coming into the road game against Breckenridge, WCA had alternated wins and losses for the last five games. That streak continued when they lost a close game to the Cowgirls 74-69 on Jan. 16. The back and forth nature of the team continued as they took down BOLD at home Jan. 19 by the score of 60-51.

Breckenridge 74

WCA 69

The Knights were on the road against the Breckenridge Cowgirls. It was a tight contest between the two teams, but Breckenridge made just enough plays down the stretch to come away with a five point win over WCA.

The Knights played well in the first half of play. They trailed briefly 4-2 and 19-15, but WCA finished the half strong and held a 37-31 advantage at the halftime break.

To start the second half, WCA built the lead up to 12 points in the first few minutes. The Knights played from in front for most of the second half. Breckenridge started to make a comeback and tied the game 67-67 with two minutes remaining in the game. 

The Cowgirls finished the game on a 7-2 run to steal the game from the Knights with a five point victory over WCA.

Despite losing, the Knights did pretty handily out shoot Breckenridge. WCA finished the game shooting 42.9 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from three. The Cowgirls finished the game shooting 38.3 percent from the floor and 26.7 percent from three. Breckenridge won the game with their domination inside. Breckenridge outrebounded WCA 40-27 and outscored the Knights 38-26 in the paint.

Macy Grosz was the main offensive option for the Knights. She led the team with 24 points, five assists and two steals. Addison Staples was the only other player in double figures and she finished with 14 points, seven rebounds, four steals and two assists. Madi Fagre chipped in with nine points. Sydney Ulrich tallied eight points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. Jayden Styba and Nora Anderson both had seven points. Styba added six rebounds and two assists and Anderson added two rebounds, two assists and two steals. 

WCA 60

BOLD 51

In a double-header with the boys, the girls took on the BOLD Warriors in Barrett. The Knights were able to get back into the win column after a couple of close losses. WCA came out ahead with a nine-point win.

The Knights played well in the first half and were up on the scoreboard nearly the whole time. The lead continued to grow. BOLD hit a deep three at the buzzer and the Knights held a 38-24 advantage after the first half.

It was a different story in the second half. That buzzer beater at the end of the half started some momentum for the Warriors and they continued to chip away at the advantage. The Knights never relinquished their lead in the second half, but the Warriors did get the lead down to single digits.

The Warriors trimmed the lead down to just five points at 56-51 with just under two minutes left in the game. The Knights scored the final four points of the game to seal a nine-point win.

“Huge win for us coming off a couple close losses,” head coach Becca Holland said. “These girls pour every ounce they have into the game and they truly showed that tonight. This game was a battle to the end.”

WCA had three players finish in double digits. Grosz led the team with 17 points, Foslien chipped in with 16 and Staples ended with 11 points.

Jayden Styba was the leader for the Knights on the defensive end of the court. “This kid has so much determination and heart and that showed tonight,” coach Holland said.

The Knights were back in action on the road against Staples-Motley Jan. 23. The next game on the schedule is set for Thursday, January 25 when they will host Paynesville in Barrett.

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