April 22, 2024

WCA girls improve to 15-8, sit third in WCC

Photo by Kaeden Fischer Jayden Styba forces a MACA ball handler towards the baseline for West Central Area in Barrett Feb. 2.

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Sam Peterson

Grant County Herald

After three games last week, the West Central Area girls basketball team has a 15-8 overall record and are third in the West Central Conference with a 6-4 conference record. First, the girls fell to MACA in a double-header with the boys in Barrett against MACA Feb. 2 and the Knights came away with a 17-point win. Next, the team was on the road against BOLD Feb. 6 and fell to the Warriors 66-51. They capped the week off with a 56-44 win over the Montevideo Thunderhawks in Barrett Feb. 8.

WCA 70

MACA 53

The Knights opened up a double-header with the boys at home in Barrett against Morris Area/Chokio/Alberta. The Knights came into the game with a 13-7 overall record and were 4-3 in the conference. The Tigers were 9-9 and 3-3 in the conference. The Knights seemed to hold control of the game for all 36 minutes and came away with a pretty comfortable 17-point win.

The Knights played from in front for most of the first half, but could not completely run away with the game. MACA stayed close enough to the Knights to give them a chance in the second half, trailing 32-21 at the break. 

The Tigers played better in the second half, but WCA still outscored them by five points in the final 18 minutes to give WCA a 17-point win.

West Central Area stats were unavailable for the game against MACA.

BOLD 66

WCA 51

WCA was coming off two wins in a row when they made the trip to Olivia to play the Warriors. Coming into the game, BOLD had a record of 13-8 and WCA was 14-7. The Warriors used their home court advantage to have a wire-to-wire 15-point win over the Knights.

BOLD was blistering hot out of the gates, opening up a 14-0 lead. The Knights did their best to weather the storm, but still trailed 37-20 at the halftime break. 

WCA played much better in the second half, actually winning the final 18 minutes 31-29. WCA exerted a lot of energy and cut the lead down to just three points at 51-48. The Knights just ran out of gas and the Warriors finished the game on a 15-3 run to pick up the 15-point win over WCA.

The Knights really got hurt inside against the Warriors. BOLD held a 28-12 advantage in points in the paint. The one thing that kept WCA in the game was turnovers. The Knights only turned the ball over nine times and forced 16 turnovers from BOLD.

All but three of the total points for WCA came from four players. Macy Grosz led the team with 17 points, four rebounds and two assists. Addison Staples added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists. Jayden Styba and Mya Foslien both added nine points. Styba had five steals and four rebounds and Foslien added two rebounds. Madison Fagre was the only other player to score and she had three points, six rebounds and two steals. 

WCA 56

Montevideo 44

Montevideo is still searching for their first win in the West Central Conference, but they did not show that against the Knights in Barrett. WCA already had a six-point win over Montevideo this season and looked like they would be in another tight battle at home against the Thunderhawks. 

The Knights did not have their A-game in the first half against Montevideo. They started the game with a 7-0 run, but the Knights found it difficult to score the basketball in the first 18 minutes.

The Thunderhawks played some stifling defense and held WCA to just 17 first half points and the Knights trailed 20-17 at halftime.

WCA played better in the second half against the Thunderhawks. They quickly eliminated the deficit and then the lead bounced back and forth between WCA and Montevideo. Sydney Ulrich hit a three with just under four minutes left to make it 46-43 for the Knights. 

WCA really controlled the last four minutes and was able to finish off the sweep against Montevideo with an eight-point win.

Styba led the team in scoring with 13 points. Foslien and Staples both chipped in with 11 points. Ulrich and Grosz added eight points, Nora Anderson had three and Fagre added two points to round out the WCA scoring.

The girls were back on the floor Feb. 12 when they hosted Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in Barrett. The next game on the schedule is set for Thursday, February 15 against Minnewaska Area at home in Barrett.

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