The Hancock Owls edged the West Central Area Knights by the score of 55-50 on Tuesday night in Barrett. The Owls started the game ahead 11-0. The Knights fought back the entire game taking a brief 43-41 lead until Noah Kannegieser converted a 3-point play to give the Owls the lead for good.
WCA Knight Coach Kraig Hunter stated, "Our kids gave a gritty effort tonight. We took on one of the top teams in the sub-section with a short-handed team and outplayed them except for the turnover department. Our players followed the game plan, played with intensity and gave another solid defensive performance as several of their points came on free throws in the last minute. We only had 13 turnovers but nearly every one of them was unforced meaning we are giving them several more possessions than us."
Hancock hit 20-46 shots for 43% while the Knights hit 17-47 for 36%. The Knights held a 33-28 advantage on the boards. The Owls only turned the ball over 7 times on the night. The Knights hit 8-22 from 3-point land while the Owls hit 2-10.
From the free throw line, Hancock made 13-18 and the Knights 8-11.
Leaders for the Knights were Logan Paulson with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 3 steals, and took 2 charges. Jake Combs added 8 points and 8 rebounds, Logan Nadgwick had 8 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, Aaron Wiese had 6 points and 4 rebounds, Nathan Kaye had 6 points, Jack Nelson had 3 points and 5 rebounds, and Caden Fernholz had 1 point and 6 assists.
Scoring for the Owls were Noah Kannegiesser with 21 points, Tyler Reese 14, Chandler Gramm 11, Andrew Shaw 3, Mike Milander 2, Patrick Rohloff 2, and Kaleb Kohl 2.
Hancock Coach Cory Beidel said, "West Central played a great game. Whenever we play them, we know we are going to face a tough defense."
The Knights will host Ashby on Thursday and Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Saturday in Barret