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WCA beats Swanville, Morris

The West Central Area boys’ basketball team picked up a conference victory on Friday and also won a nonconference game against Morris Area the next night.
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WCA 74, Swanville 70

Three of the Knights finished in double figures on Friday night in a 74-70 win over Swanville.

The Bulldogs held a 60-59 lead in the second half, but Austin Redepenning hit a three on a pass out of the post by Jay Zimmerman. That gave the Knights the lead for good. They executed down the stretch and built a lead of 70-63. Swanville added a couple buckets late, but couldn’t get all the way back.

"Swanville is a scary team to play,” head coach Kraig Hunter said. “They have talented players at each position so it was a good win.”

Pfingsten finished with 14 points for WCA and Redepenning added nine. Jordan Sales had 23, Tyler Evans 16 and Cody Moellner finished with 14 for the Bulldogs.

West Central Area 61, Morris Area 55

The WCA boys beat Morris Area 61-55 behind 20 points and 11 rebounds from Jay Zimmerman on Saturday.

The Knights led by four at the break and came out of the half with a 9-0 run that gave them a lead they would never relinquish. Hunter Pfingsten added 15 points to Zimmerman’s big night, while Dakotah Kashmark just missed a triple-double with 14 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists.

"Morris is a team that has just won seven of their past 10 games over several good Class AA teams like Melrose, Minnewaska and BOLD, so it was a good win for us,” Hunter said. “Our guys were ready to play today.”

Sophomore center Eric Stabler led Morris with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Noah Grove also added 19 points for his team.

The Knights shot 43 percent as a team (20-46), while the Tigers were 24-of-64 from the field. They dropped to 7-12 with the loss and WCA moved to 12-5.