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Girls basketball: Season-high scoring night lifts WCA to win over MACA; Holland earns first win as head coach

Double-doubles by Claire Stark and Jayden Styba on Friday helped give West Central Area its first win of the 2022-23 season and Becca Holland's first career win as head coach.

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West Central Area's Claire Stark puts up a shot over New London-Spicer's Ava Carlson (15) during a game on Nov. 29, 2022. Stark had a double-double, 12 points and 12 rebounds in the Knights 69-59 win over MACA on Dec. 9, 2022.
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The West Central Area girls basketball team scored a season-high 69 points in a game on Friday, Dec. 9, against Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (1-3), which gave it its first win of the season and Becca Holland’s first as the head coach of the program.

“We really picked it up in the second half, scoring our season high of 69 points as a team,” Holland said.

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West Central Area girls basketball head coach Becca Holland motions to her bench to sub in a player during a game on Nov. 29, 2022. Holland is a UM-Morris graduate who is in her third year teaching in the school district and in her first season as head coach. Holland picked up her first career win after WCA beat Morris Area, 69-59 on Dec. 9, 2022.
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Holland, who graduated high school from Morris Area in 2016, is in her first season as the WCA head coach and third in the WCA school district.

Claire Stark and Jayden Styba both had double-doubles in the team’s 69-59 win. Stark finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds, while Styba had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Styba also had six steals in the game.

Mya Foslien was the leading scorer in the team’s win, as she had 17 points. Macy Grosz finished with 11 points while dishing out eight assists and collecting six steals.

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This game was the end of a three-game road stand for the Knights as they now are back at home to Montevideo (4-0) at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

WCA PLAYER STATS - Sydney Ulrich - 3 points, 1 assist, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Macy Grosz - 11 points, 3 rebounds, 8 assists, 6 steals; Addison Staples - 9 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 deflections, 1 block; Claire Stark - 12 points, 12 rebounds, 2 deflections, 3 steals, 2 blocks; Mya Foslien - 17 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 deflections, 2 steals; Jayden Styba - 15 points, 12 rebounds, 1 deflection, 6 steals; Nora Anderson - 2 points, 1 rebound, Brooklyn Strobel - 1 assist

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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