Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
By Gary Riess, coach
Tuesday, Jan. 17, was the midpoint of the 2011-12 girls' basketball season for the Cubs. The Cubs have reached the midpoint with a 10-2 record with 12 games to play. Kimball defeated Milaca, Paynesville, ACGC, Litchfield, EV-W, Royalton, Holdingford, St. John's Prep, and received forfeit wins from Maple Lake and HL-W-W when those teams couldn't field teams because of injuries and illnesses. The Cubs were defeated by B-B-E and Annandale.
The Cubs strength has been its solid team defense, giving up an average of 23 points a game, and forcing 24 turnovers per game, with an average of 15 steals a game. Kimball also has outrebounded its opponents by an average of 27 to 20. One shortcoming has been the inconsistent shooting from game to game. For the season, the team is shooting 30 percent, but has been as low as 12 percent, and as high as
44 percent. Freethrows are also a concern with a 43-percent season average to date. Kimball has had six different girls lead the team in scoring during the season. Kaylee Petty leads the team with Cassie Mackereth and Paiten Schreiner. Kenadi Mackereth and Raelynn Callander lead in steals and assists. Alissa Jones, Hannah Zipoy, and McKenzie Dammann back up the posts and wing positions while Hollie Donnay and Alexis Rose backup the guard positions.
The Cubs enter the second half of the season with some transitions to adjust to. Because of injuries at the varsity level, four JV-ers are providing backup time for the varsity team, and thus will limit some JV playing. The MSHSL rule is that players can play three halves per night, so some players will play one JV and two Varsity and others will be two JV and one Varsity.
The Cubs will have to pick up their scoring from additional sources and have to continue to play aggressive and sound good team defense as we head into the second half of the season. 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.