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Varsity Lady Cubs' season ends

Tuesday, Feb. 21, the Lady Cubs traveled to Rockford to take on the Rockford Rockets. This game had huge implications in the section seeding, as well as in the conference standings. Both teams came out playing hard but eventually Rockford took control and pulled away to jump ahead in the section standings.

Kimball 33 Rockford 44

The game started in high gear for the Lady Cub offense, jumping out to a 12-1 lead. Senior Brooke Merten got us on the scoreboard with a two-point basket, senior Mandy Wittenberg hit a shot and also made two free throws. Juniors Allie Seth and Breanne Meierhofer each hit a basket, Wittenberg made two more charity shots and added another lay up. Rockford then got going against the Kimball defense, ending the half on a 13-8 run. To finish the scoring for the Lady Cubs was Merten with a three-point bomb and Wittenberg hit a foul shot to lead, 20-14 at the half.

The second period scoring was started with senior Erin Dingmann draining a three pointer, Wittenberg scored twice more, and Merten hit a shot to extend our lead to 29-22 with 12:55 to play in the game. It would all be for naught, as the Rockets got hot down the stretch, and Kimball could only muster two Seth free throws with a Meierhofer basket to end our scoring. Rockford took the victory, finishing the game on a 22-4 run. Our team leader in rebounds was Meierhofer with eight rebounds, Dingmann dished out three assists and Meierhofer nabbed five steals.

Friday, Feb. 24, the Lady Cubs hosted the Pierz Pioneers, on "Senior Night" in conference play. We honored seniors Rachel Arnold, Erin Dingmann, Emily Donnay, Brooke Merten, Kayla Overland, Samantha Stuve and Mandy Wittenberg in their final home game of their Kimball basketball careers. Juniors read tributes to each senior about what they have meant to their teammates and the program.

Pierz 38 Kimball 29

In the first half, neither team was able to hold more than a five-point advantage, which meant good things for Kimball. The Lady Cubs started the scoring on senior Samantha Stuve's basket, a Mandy Wittenberg free throw and made hoop, pushed the score to 5-2, with 14:36 to play in the half. Erin Dingmann drained a shot, Wittenberg added two more baskets and a charity make, with Stuve nailing two foul shots, but the Pioneers went on a 14-9 run to end the half in their favor, 14-16.

Pierz would strike first in the second half, as both Dingmann and Brooke Merten made triple's from beyond the arc, Wittenberg added a short jumper and Allie Seth scored on an inside post move that cut the Pierz lead to just two points with 11:59 to play. Dingmann hit another two-pointer and Merten scored our final points with 5:52 to tie the game. Pierz finished scoring the last nine points to win 38-29. Our team leader in boards was Wittenberg with nine rebounds and also dished out three assists with Merten forcing three steals.

On behalf of all of the members of Kimball girls' basketball, we again want to thank our senior players, we truly have appreciated your dedication, leadership and integrity that each of you has contributed in your years in our program. We will miss each of you, we wish you the best in all the challenges that life brings and hope the memories you made with us will last a lifetime. Thanks again for everything!

Kimball was ranked seventh in the section and traveled to Annandale to take on the number two ranked Cardinals on Thursday, March 1. The Lady Cubs had revenge on their minds as Annandale nipped Kimball on a three-point make to win the pre-holiday break game earlier this season, 53-50.

Kimball 36 Annandale 64

The Lady Cubs won the opening tip, but unfortunately could not capitalize on it until Allie Seth scored on our third possession of the game. The Lady Cardinals took a 10-2 lead early, Breanne Meierhofer hit a shot and Mandy Wittenberg drained a couple of baskets to pull us within six, 8-14, with 10:25 to play in the half. Erin Dingmann added a corner three, Seth a single free throw, a jumper by junior Casie Mackereth and a Dingmann two-pointer completed the first-half scoring for Kimball. Annandale pushed the tempo in their favor and hit some tough shots to take the halftime lead into the locker room, 25-16.

We had to call upon our bench to make a run, unfortunately we could only muster two field goals from the floor in the entire second half. One by Meierhofer early and one by junior Kenadi Mackereth late in the game with :07 seconds to play. These shots were sandwiched around 14, free throw makes by the Lady Cubs. Meierhofer was seven of eight, Samantha Stuve was five of seven and junior Kaylee Petty and Raelynn Callander were each one of two. The Lady Cardinals extended the lead out to as many as 30 points, but Kimball gave a fine effort as juniors Paiten Schreiner, Hannah Zipoy and Alissa Jones finished on a positive note for the Lady Cubs. Our team leaders in rebounds were Emily Donnay, Samantha Stuve and Casie Mackereth with five rebounds. Brooke Merten dished out three assists and Breane Meierhofer forced four steals.

Kimball finishes the 2011-12 girls' basketball season with an overall record of 10-15, and we finished 5-9 in the Central Minnesota Conference. It has been a season of definite peaks and valleys for this team, but we hope as coaches you feel it was the quality journey that you can remember for a lifetime. Thank you for supporting Kimball girls' basketball.