Tricounty News

Girls' JV basketball has 16-win season

The 2008-09 JV Basketball Team ended the season with a 16-8 record, including a February finish of 7-2. The Cubs were 8-6 against CMC teams and 8-2 in non-conference action. As an indicator of season improvement the Cubs defeated four teams in the second half of the season that defeated them earlier in the year. Kimball defeated every team in the conference once, with the exception of HLW-W, and beat BBE and Holdingford twice. The Cubs used 17 players during the season. Against teams without a C-squad, the Kimball C-squad played with the JV. Freshmen Kayla Overland, Rachel Arnold, Erin Dingmann, Sam Stuve, Jennifer Gilpatrick, and Emily Donnay played in eight games. Amanda Wittenberg, Meagan Garding, and Brooke Merten played partial games until varsity-playing time took them away. The core of the JV were juniors Kelsi Woods, Kelsey Vigoren, and Sarah Messer along with sophomores Natalie Stein, Klarissa Eisenbraun, Shannon Donnay and Kayla Myers. Freshman Liz Kastanek played in the last 13 games of the season after rehabilitation from knee surgery. Team strengths were an aggressive defense that limited opponents field goal opportunities and provided numerous turnovers to turn into fast-break points. The Cubs averaged 38 points a game but held opponents to 34 point average. Almost every game was close, but the Cubs pride carried them through to victory in most games. If in the lead in the second half the Cubs were never caught and passed in the final minutes. The Cubs had 10 players who were leading scorers in a game this season, so they had a balanced attack. Leading scorers for the season were Natalie Stein, Shannon Donnay, and Kayla Myers. Leading rebounders were Shannon Donnay, Kayla Myers, and Kelsi Woods. Assist leaders were Natalie Stein, Kelsey Vigoren, and Klarissa Eisenbraun. Steal leaders were Natalie Stein, Shannon Donnay, and Klarissa Eisenbraun. Free-throw percentage leaders were Kelsey Vigoren and Liz Kastanek. For the season, Kimball shot 33 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3-point range. A weakness for the team was free throws where they were a meager 40 percent from the line. Another area for improvement would be turnovers, as the Cubs reduced their turnover count considerably in the second half of the season but further improvement is warranted. Highlights for the season were an overtime victory at Dassel-Cokato and upset wins over EV-W and Pierz in the team's second meetings. And perhaps the biggest indicator of positive things to celebrate was ending the season with a 7-2 record in February, when they played their best games as the season progressed. With another year of experience and continued improvement, these girls will look forward to moving up to the varsity and continuing their basketball careers.