Tricounty News

Lady Cubs finish regular season playing well

Kimball had two conference games in their last week of the regular season, first hosting Pierz Tuesday, Feb. 23, then at B-B-E Friday, Feb. 26. Kimball honored this year's seniors Tuesday at the home finalé with Senior Night. These seniors are: Tesslynn Callander, Kelsey Vigoren, Sarah Messer, Kristina Mackereth, Larissa Anthofer, and Lara Weber. The Cubs would get down early as the Pioneers scored the first two baskets of the game, but Kimball held tough, taking the lead 9-8 a few minutes later, and checked into halftime with a 31-23 lead. Kimball worked hard, creating their own breaks while extending their lead and finishing the contest with a 58-43 win. Junior Megan Garding would lead all scorers with 16 points, while grabbing 13 rebounds and blocking three shots, playing a very solid game. Senior Tesslynn Callander added 10 points and three steals. Junior Natalie Stein also had 10 points with four steals. The steals leader for the night was sophomore Rachel Arnold recording five steals, with two of them at a crucial time late in the game to help the Cubs put away their opponent. Arnold also added 6 points, while sophomore Mandy Wittenberg played well with 8 points and six rebounds. Junior Shannon Donnay had 4 points along with senior Kelsey Vigoren's 4 points and four rebounds. Traveling to Belgrade to take on the Jaguars with upset expectations on their minds, the Cubs took care of the basketball very well, as a team recording a season-low eight turnovers in the game. Kimball clawed and fought and kept the game close, but lacked the one nice run they needed to take a lead in the game as several opportunites fell by the wayside. Kimball shot well enough from the perimeter (7-18 3 pointers 39 percent) to try to bust B-B-E out of their zone defense, but poor shooting from the free-throw line (1-9), and on 2-point field goals (9-33) would not allow for an upset in this one. B-B-E escaped with a 46-40 win despite the effort being there on Kimball's end. Kimball played well defensively and the offense was very balanced, led by Callander's 9 points, followed by Garding, Vigoren, and Arnold all with 6 points, sophomore Erin Dingmann 4 points, sophomore Brooke Merten 3 points, Wittenberg 2 points, Stein 2 points, Donnay 2 points. Kimball finishes its regular season with a 12-12 record, playing many very nice games this year, as they gained the respect of their opponents establishing a renewed creditablity for themsleves, and the girls' basketball program. These girls have much to be proud of! Another sign of their success this year has resulted in a home-playoff game at 7 p.m. this Thursday, March 4, in Kimball, where Kimball (3 seed) will host Foley (6 seed) in the first round of the sub-section 5AA playoffs. The winner of this game will advance and play the winner of EV-W (2 seed) and PACT (7 seed) on Saturday, March 6, at Howard Lake at 6 p.m. Come support your Cubs as March Madness begins in a very exciting time of year! Go Big Blue!