When Brooke Merten hit a base line jumper with 7 seconds remaining to break a tie score, and then Erin Dingmann hit two free-throws with 4 seconds remaining, the Cubs put the cap on a comeback win over B-B-E in the final game of the season. The Cubs finished the 2009-2010 season with a 17-5 record, going 10-0 in non-conference play and 7-5 against CMC opponents.
The Cubs were 6-1 in December, 7-2 in January, and finished 4-2 in February, for a 17-5 overall record. Kimball losses were twice to EV-W and Pierz and a season split with Rockford. The encouraging thing about the EV-W and Pierz games was that in both cases the second games went down to the wire after being dominated the first time they played.
The Cubs used 16 players during the season with some playing only JV and others splitting time between JV and varsity. Season leaders for the Cubs were Erin Dingmann, Liz Kastanek, and Emily Donnay in scoring. Emily and Shannon Donnay, along with Kayla Myers, were top rebounders. Erin Dingmann, Rachel Arnold and Samantha Stuve led in free- throw percentage. Liz Kastanek, Sam Stuve, and Rachel Arnold were assist leaders and these three were also the steal leaders for the team. Amanda Wittenberg, Liz Kastanek, and Erin Dingmann were field-goal percentage leaders with Brooke Merten, Klarissa Eisenbraun and Rachel Arnold leading in three-point field goal percentage.
Kimball had two conference victories over Holdingford, HL-W-W, B-B-E, and one win over Rockford. Maple Lake didn't field a JV team so the Cubs didn't compete against the Irish. Team members for this year's squad and games played were juniors Shannon Donnay (19), Klarissa Eisenbraun (15), Kayla Myers (22), Sammi Wright (20) and Natalie Stein who played in one game. Sophomores were Brooke Merten (22), Kayla Overland (22), Rachel Arnold (21), Samantha Stuve (22), Liz Kastanek (22), Emily Donnay (22), Erin Dingmann (22), and Amanda Wittenberg (10). Also part of the JV squad were two German foreign exchange students Larissa Anthofer and Lara Weber who each played in 16 games.
The Cubs strengths this season was defense, allowing an average of 31.2 points per game, with 12 games under 30 and only three games of more than 50. The Cubs averaged more than 11 steals per game and out-rebounded their opponents in all but five games which were the games they lost. An area of concern all season was free-throw shooting where Kimball was a miserly 42 percent, which directly led to three of the five losses. The Cubs had 99 more field goals than their opponents (331 to 232) but only half as many three-point field goals (14 to 29).
The season has concluded with more successes than disappointments, and the girls can be proud of their efforts and the payoffs that those efforts produced. They will now be expected and encouraged to take these accomplishments, improve on them in the offseason, and carry them over to varsity competition next season.