May 25, 2024

WCA boys rise to 17-3 with seventh straight win

Photo by Lindsey Woessner Bryce Kjesbo hustles for a loose ball for West Central Area in their game against Ashby in Barrett Feb. 9.

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Sam Peterson

Grant County Herald

The Knights continue their great 2023-24 season with their seventh and eighth wins in a row. WCA first took down Park Rapids on the road 79-56 on Feb. 8. Just a day later, WCA hosted Ashby in Barrett and beat the Arrows 76-49. The wins moved the Knights to 17-3 and 9-0 in the WCC to lead the conference.

WCA 79

Park Rapids 56

The WCA Knights made the two hour trek to Park Rapids to take on a hot 13-6 Park Rapids team that has been scoring in the 80’s and 90’s regularly. Park Rapids has been a pressing and zone team all season. The Knights came out with some great full and half court passing and put up 50 points on the Panthers to their 19 at the half. The Knights would go on to win 79-56.

“We told our guys, with the amount of good ball handlers and passers we have, that no one should be able to press us and our guys did just that. We were able to get many good looks for high percentage shots vs their press and vs. their zone,” Knights coach Kraig Hunter said. “Credit to our guys for playing unselfish basketball and getting many assisted baskets. We had a lot of possessions with two or three quick passes that set teammates up. Our defensive pressure was also very good in the first half. When we are active, communicating, and rebounding like that, good things happen.”

Leaders for the Knights were Ben Bye with 21 points, eight rebounds and four steals; Mitch Dewey had 18 points, three assists and two steals; Bryce Kjesbo had 18 points, eight rebounds, and three steals; Camden Anderson had a well rounded game with 10 points, eight assists, three rebounds and three steals; Cash Nelson finished with eight points, two rebounds, and two steals; Sam Hanson added two points, three rebounds and two assists; Marshall Dewey had two points and two assists; and Nas Dotts finished with three rebounds, three assists and three steals. Dotts was also the primary defender on the Panthers 1,000 point scorer Noah Morris as the Knights held him to six points.

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