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Knight girls take over second in HOL

The West Central Area girls' basketball team moved into a second place tie in the Heart O' Lakes Conference last Tuesday night with a 58-47 win over Perham.

The West Central Area girls' basketball team moved into a second place tie in the Heart O' Lakes Conference last Tuesday night with a 58-47 win over Perham.

The Knights had not played at home in almost a month and it took them awhile to get back into the swing of things on their home court. The Yellowjackets took advantage of this in the first half as they built a 10-point lead going into the break.

"Perham really worked hard beating the Knights down the court, getting offensive boards and grabbing loose balls," head coach Pat Anderson said. "Perham definitely outworked us in the first half."

The Knights made some adjustments at halftime, though, and came out strong to start the second half. After giving up 33 points in the opening minutes, WCA allowed only 14 points in the final 18 and outscored the Yellowjackets by 21 points.

"We started working the ball inside and our posts were able to convert," Anderson said. "After scoring, we were able to set up our press and get a few quick buckets off the press. Our defense played much better in the second half as well."

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Estee Juergens came off the bench in the second and gave the Knights an offensive spark with 11 points. She was joined in double figures by Liza Torgerson and Taylor Brekke who had 13 and 11, respectively.

"We had real balanced scoring again tonight," Anderson said. "It seems like every night there is somebody different leading us in scoring...this makes our team difficult to defend."

It was a big win for the Knights against a Perham team that came into the game with an opportunity to tie WCA in the HOL standings.

They will look to build on this win tonight when they welcome Pelican Rapids to town.

GAME STATISTICS

WCA 23 35 58

PERHAM 33 14 47

WCA INDIVIDUAL LEADERS - Liza Torgerson - 13 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals; Taylor Brekke - 11 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, 8 steals, 1 block; Estee Juergens - 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Laura Huebner - 9 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block; Krystal Lacey - 6 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Amanda Werk - 6 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; DeLaine Ronhovde - 2 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals; April Nelson - 2 steals

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