The West Central Area girls basketball team won 13 of its last 16 games last year but saw its season fall short in the second round of the Section 6A tournament.
This time around, the Knights will look to fill the shoes of a few essential graduates. Ella Van Kempen (playing at the University of Minnesota-Morris), Morgan Woodle and Kaitlyn Sanstead were a big part of the 19-7 season last winter.
Despite its losses, WCA brings back a talented group with experience. Hailey Bennett, Teagan Nelson and Kaylyn Ulrich will look to lead the Knights in their senior season. Sophomore Lexi Bright is one of the better scoring guards in the area, as well.
“As I coach, and the more I get into it, the less I know until the action starts happening,” head coach Eric Schoenbauer said. “It will be a fun season with the group of girls on our roster.”
In his five years as head coach, Schoenbauer has a 78-54 record. The Knights will look to improve on that record from a year ago with their depth, speed and experience.
Section 6A is home to many top-tier programs at the Class A level. Ada-Borup and Parkers Prairie played in the section championship last season.
The Knights will compete with Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley and Hancock for the Pheasant Conference title.
2019 WEST CENTRAL AREA GIRLS BASKETBALL
SENIORS- Hailey Bennett, Teagan Nelson, Kaylyn Ulrich; JUNIORS- Brynn Fernholz, Brooke Anderson, Krista Randt; SOPHOMORES- Lexi Bright, Kaitlyn Hansen, Halle Foslien, Halle Grosz; FRESHMEN- Lizzie Rustan, Claire Stark
COACHES - Head coach - Eric Schoenbauer - sixth season, 78-54; Assistant coaches - Naomi Moerke, Eli Dotts, Todd Bright
WCA GIRLS BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Nov. 26 at New London-Spicer, 7 p.m.
Dec. 6 at Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 at Lake Park-Audubon, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10 vs. Minnewaska, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 13 vs. Breckenridge, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19 at WHN, 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 vs. East Grand Forks, 7 p.m.
Dec. 27 Pelican Rapids Tournament, TBD
Dec. 28 Pelican Rapids Tournament, TBD
Jan. 2 at Henning, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 4 vs. LPGE, 6 p.m.
Jan. 7 vs. Brandon-Evansville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10 vs. Hancock, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Ashby, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 at CGB, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 at Hillcrest Lutheran, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 vs. Battle Lake, 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 30 at Menahga, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 1 vs. Morris Area, 2:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 vs. WHN, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8 vs. Underwood, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 11 at Norman County East, 6 p.m.
Feb. 13 at Hancock, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 17 at Parkers Prairie, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20 vs. CGB, 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21 \u0009Section playoffs, TBD