Tricounty News

Girls' JV basketball ends season 17-7

By Gary Riess, coach

The 2011-2012 JV basketball season ended for the Cubs Feb. 24. The Cubs finished the season with a 17-7 overall record. Kimball was 9-5 against CMC schools and 8-2 against non-conference foes. Kimball defeated CMC schools EV-W, Holdingford, and Maple Lake twice and split two games with HL-W-W, B-B-E, and Rockford. Pierz defeated Kimball twice as part of their 22-3 season. On the non-conference side, the Cubs defeated Milaca, Paynesville, ACGC, Litchfield, Royalton, SJP, LP-GE, and Dassel-Cokato. The losses were to Annandale and Norwood Young-America.

The Cubs strength was it's solid team defense, giving up an average of 25 points a game and forcing 22 turnovers per game with an average of 12.4 steals a game. Kimball also outrebounded its opponents by an average of 24.2 to 20.2. The defense was key as a shortcoming was inconsistent shooting from game to game. For the season, the team shot 30 percent, but has been as low as 12 percent and as high as 44 percent. A strength was 3-point shooting where the Cubs hit 24 percent to our opponents 16 percent. The Cubs made 44 three-point shots compared to 22 for the opposition. Free throws were also a concern with a 47 percent season average. Overall, the Cubs average margin of victory was 7.2 points per game above the opponents. In the loss column 5 of the Cubs seven defeats were by an average of 4 points or less.

Individual team leader on offense was Kaylee Petty at

7.8 ppg. Paiten Schreiner (5.3), Raelynn Callander (5.1), Cassie Mackereth (4.8) and Kenadi Mackereth (3.1) were the other starters. Paiten Schreiner (17) and Raelynn Callander (9) led in three point baskets. Kaylee Petty and Paiten Schreiner were tops in rebounds and Kenadi Mackereth and Raelynn Callander led in steals and assists. Alissa Jones, Hannah Zipoy, and McKenzie Dammann backed up the posts and wing positions while Hollie Donnay and Alexis Rose backed up the guard positions. Casie Mackereth and Allie Seth each played one half of JV games as well as their varsity minutes. Casie played in 20 games and Allie in 9 games.

This team is not a team of superstars, but they do work well together and working together makes them a solid basketball team, with each player contributing to their strengths and striving in practice to continue to improve their individual skills. Most of these players will move on to the varsity level next year and their continued team play will be their hallmark as they venture into the 2012-2013 season.