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The West Central Area boys saw their season end in overtime on Saturday afternoon as the Knights fell 59-52 against second-seeded Wheaton-Herman-Norcross.

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The Warriors outscored the Knights 13-6 in the extra session in the 6A South semifinals. West Central Area led 23-20 at the half, and the two teams exchanged leads several times in the second half. The Knights were down 46-43 before Ben Anderson hit a three to tie it with 10 seconds left in regulation.

They grabbed an early two-point lead in the extra session, but the Warriors got a three from Carter Thiele and never trailed again after that.

“The players on both teams made a lot of big plays the whole game long,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “We made enough plays to be in a position to win, but they just made one more play in the end.  Give credit to them, we did a super job taking away their inside game tonight and had their offense out of balance, but they ended up hitting 8-of-17 three point shots, most of them when they really needed them.”

Jay Zimmerman had another double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Austin Redepenning added nine points, while Dakotah Kashmark wrapped up his career with a four-point, eight-rebound, 10-assist performance. The Knights finished the year 18-8 overall.

“It’s always tough to lose an overtime game like this, but we had a good season winning 18 games versus some pretty good competition,” Hunter said. “Our players always represented us well. They were a close-knit, fun group of guys and they always left everything on the floor. They made it a fun season, and they made it enjoyable for our fans.”

The Knights got to that game against Wheaton with an 83-64 win over Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley last Thursday night.

Kashmark led the way with a huge night of 28 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two steals. Zimmerman added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Brady Combs finished with 13 points, Austin Redepenning added 11 and Hunter Pfingsten chipped in 10.

The Wolverines led 9-4 early before the Knights went on a 9-0 run. They went back and forth until WCA scored on six of its final seven possessions of the first half to take a 38-25 lead into the break. The Knights responded by putting up 45 points in the second half to secure the win.

“Our kids always respond,” Hunter said. “Every time they made a little run we would come right back and push our lead back up.”

GAME STATISTICS

WHEATON-H-N 20 26 13 – 59

WCA 23 23 6 – 52

TOTALS – WCA – FG – 19-50; FT – 7-10; Rebounds – 29; Turnovers – 11; Three-point FG – 7-25; WHEATON-H-N – FG – 21-45; Three-point FG – 8-17; FT – 9-15; Rebounds – 33; Turnovers – 12

WCA – Zimmerman – 18 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Redepenning – 9 points; Brady Combs – 7 points, 2 rebounds; Anderson – 6 points, 1 assist; Hunter Pfingsten – 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals; Kashmark – 4 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists; Devin Nelson – 3 points, 1 rebound; Andrew Lindor – 3 rebounds; Isaiah Westby – 1 rebound, 1 assist

WCA 38 45 – 83

CGB 25 39 – 64

TOTALS – WCA – FG – 25-44; Three-point FG – 8-15; FT – 25-28; Rebounds – 33; Turnovers – 15; CGB – FG – 27-70; Three-point FG – 8-26; FT – 2-4; Rebounds – 30; Turnovers – 14

WCA – Kashmark – 28 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 steals; Zimmerman – 13 points, 10 rebounds; Combs – 13 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Redepenning – 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Pfingsten – 10 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists; Ben Anderson – 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assists, 2 steals; Devin Nelson – 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist; Andrew Lindor – 1 rebound

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