The West Central Area girls basketball team handed the Hancock Owls their first loss of the season on Tuesday night in the subsection championship game.

Hancock (18-1) beat the Knights (16-5) in 54-46 and 62-45 games during the regular season, but WCA stole the biggest game of the season from them in a 50-49 final in the 6A-South title game. It advances the Knights to the Section 6A championship against defending section champion Henning (20-1) on Thursday night at 7 in Fergus Falls. The Hornets beat the Knights 56-50 in last year’s section championship.

West Central Area was trailing by one point with less than a minute to play at Hancock on Tuesday. A late steal and then a layup from Lexi Bright was the game-winner for the Knights.

Bright finished with 11 points, eight assists, six rebounds and two steals. Eighth-grade guard Macy Grosz had a second straight big game for the Knights with a team-best 15 points. She knocked down 4-of-5 threes.


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WCA - Lexi Bright - 11 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 block; Brynn Fernholz - 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block; Elizabeth Rustan - 5 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 1 assist; Halle Foslien - 4 points, 2 rebounds; Claire Stark - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Sydney Ulrich - 6 points, 1 rebound; Addie Staples - 1 rebound; Macy Grosz - 15 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Mya Foslien - 3 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal