Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Jeremy Kuechle, head coach
NYA 70 Kimball 61
Last Monday evening, Feb. 13, Kimball played host to the Norwood-Young America Raiders. It was our last regular season, non-conference game and our effort would meet the challenge of a very tough NYA squad. The Raider three-point shooting would carry the evening, but the Lady Cubs gained great confidence being able to keep NYA close to the wire.
From the tap, Kimball behind three baskets and a free throw by senior Mandy Witttenberg, along with made shots by senior Erin Dingmann and junior Breane Meierhofer, the score stayed tied at 11-11. We were able to cut the deficit to four points late in the first half after two more Wittenberg charity shot makes, four baskets by Meierhofer, to trail 22-26 with two minutes to go. Junior Casie Mackereth played solid defense, junior Allie Seth, and senior Samantha Stuve each hit both of their foul shots, but we still trailed going into the halftime, 26-32.
The second half started with Dingmann draining a long two-point shot, Meierhofer scored quickly, and Wittenberg added three straight baskets to cut the Raider lead to four, 36-40, with 13:28 to play. Meierhofer scored again, as did Wittenberg, then Meierhofer rained in her second three of the game. Dingmann got into the action by hitting two triples that were followed with three free-throw shots by Wittenberg, but the lead had been pushed to 10 by a feisty NYA team. Junior Kenadi Mackereth played solid at the point guard position in quality second-half minutes. Seth scored on two excellent moves in the post, Dingmann poured in two more shots and Wittenerg finished our scoring with a free throw as the Raiders thwarted any comeback plans Kimball had, 61-70. Our team leader in rebounds was Wittenberg with 15, Stuve dished out six assists and Meierhofer had six steals.
HLW-W 87 Kimball 60
On Friday, Feb. 17, the Lady Cubs hosted the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Lakers who remain undefeated in conference play. The Lakers proved why they sit at the top of the conference, opening up the first half shooting 8-12 from the three-point line, helping them build a 53-20 halftime lead. Kimball would play for pride in the second half, however, and eventually outscored the Lakers 40-34 in the second frame. While ultimately losing the contest, the Lady Cubs built confidence that they can take into next week, and were defeated by a final score of 87-60. Kimball was led in scoring by Breanne Meierhofer with 23 points, followed by Mandy Wittenberg's 13 points. Senior Brooke Merten added 10 points,Êfive steals, and three assists, Samantha Stuve had four points, Allie Seth four points, Erin Dingmann and junior Paiten Schreiner each had two points, while senior Emily Donnay and junior Raelynn Callander each had one point to round out the Kimball scoring.ÊKimball's rebounding leaders on the evening were Meierhofer withÊfiveÊwhile Casie Mackereth pulled down four boards.
Worth noting in the contest was Breanne Meierhofer's near-perfect shooting performance. She shot a perfect 10 for 10 onÊtwo-point field-goal range, and one for two from the three-point arc. The effort of 100 percent (10-10) from two-point land is a new Kimball record as she breaks the old markÊheld by Amy Unterberger (7-8, 87.54 percent) set in the 1992-93 season. Our overall record is now 10-12 and 5-7 in the Central Minnesota Conference.
The Lady Cubs head out on the road Tuesday night, Feb. 21, to take on the Rockets in Rockford at 7:30 p.m. Then back home for Senior Night and our final regular-season contest against the Pierz Pioneers Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. Thank you for supporting Kimball Girls' basketball.