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WCA loses to Ada-Borup in 6A final

West Central Area senior Holly Van Kempen goes up for a shot against Wheaton-Herman-Norcross during the Section 6A semifinals on March 11. Van Kempen led the Knights with 12 points against Ada-Borup in the section championship game last Friday night. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Ada-Borup showed why it is a top-five ranked Class A girls’ basketball team in Minnesota on Friday in a 55-31 victory over West Central Area in the Section 6A championship game in Morris.

The Knights kept within striking distance for most of the first half until the Cougars finished with a run led by four three-pointers to take a 34-18 lead.

“The first 14 minutes of our game were phenomenal,” WCA head coach Beth Hill said. “We were back and forth and right with them. We executed our defense and got the ball into our posts offensively.”

Once Ada-Borup built the large lead it never looked back. The Knights could not recover and ended up losing by 24 points.

“In the second half they continued and we struggled to get back into our regular rhythm,” Hill said. “The girls played with so much heart and never quit. We played a very good team.”

Holly Van Kempen led WCA with 12 points, and Abby Van Kempen scored nine points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

The game ended a strong season for the Knights as they finished with an overall record of 18-9.

Hill has been happy with the effort of the girls this season. The team’s seven seniors Tiana Christenson, Danna Sabolik, Amber Oberg, Holly Van Kempen, Kylee Fernholz, Lauryn McLaughlin and Christina Kruize all played a big role.

“I am so incredibly proud of them and thoroughly enjoyed coaching this group of girls,” Hill said. “This group stayed together through it all and was led by our incredible seniors.”

WCA also had a strong showing in the playoffs this year. After losing three of their final four games in the regular season, the Knights rolled to three victories by 10 points or more to win the 6A South subsection. Those victories came against Underwood, Battle Lake and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross.

“These girls put together a solid season and ended with a tremendous run in the playoffs,” Hill said. “I could not be more proud of how they stayed together as a team and enjoyed each other.”

In the regular season, WCA also finished in third place in the Prairie Conference with a 10-4 record.


WCA 18 13 – 31

ADA-BORUP 34 21 – 55

WCA – Holly Van Kempen – 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks; Abby Van Kempen – 9 points, 10 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block; Jordan Anderson – 4 points, 1 rebound; Christina Kruize – 4 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block; Tiana Christenson – 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal; Kylee Fernholz – 2 assists; Lauryn McLaughlin – 1 rebound; Kiersten Sabolik – 1 steal; Amber Oberg – 1 steal; Annabelle Haarstad – 1 rebound

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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