The Kimball girls' basketball team experienced some adversity this week, as they lost two games against quality opponents. Both games were difficult, but also the Cubs had chances to win each of them before they slipped away. First, Kimball traveled to Upsala Monday, Feb. 1, facing a team that played with a lot of confidence, and supported with a 12-3 record. Upsala started the game on fire, as they scored in transition and from the three-point line in their half-court set. Kimball adjusted to the Cardinals style of play, but not until a lead of 32-13 was built by Upsala. By halftime, the Cubs cut the lead to 35-24, and with just more than four minutes to play, the lead was down to 52-47. Kimball was not able to take advantage of some opportunities down the stretch, as they ended up on the losing end of 60-53 final score, just missing a chance for a big upset. Kimball was led by sophomore Mandy Wittenberg with 14 points and eight rebounds, followed by sophomore Rachel Arnold's 10 point, seven rebound, and four steal performance. Junior Megan Garding added 6 points, senior Tesslynn Callander 5 points and four assists, junior Natalie Stein 5 points, senior Sarah Messer 4 points, six rebounds, and three blocks, sophomore Brooke Merten 3 points, senior Kelsey Vigoren 2 points, sophomore Liz Kastanek 2 points, and junior Shannon Donnay 2 points.
Next, Kimball hosted the Holdingford Huskers, coming in with a 9-9 record looking for revenge from an earlier season Cubs' win 62-60 in Holdingford. Kimball jumped out to an early lead, but struggled to score, scoring only 1 point in the last seven minutes of the first half, resulting in a 23-16 half-time deficit. The Huskers continued to build a lead in the second half, leading 37-23, with 11 minutes to play, but Kimball would have that lead cut to 43-39, with five minutes left in the game. However, for the second time this week, the Cubs did not convert on their opportunities in the final minutes, and lost by a final score of 54-50. Callander led all scorers with 12 points, while Garding added 9 points and 11 rebounds. Wittenberg had 9 points and 12 rebounds, Stein had 6 points and three assists, Arnold 5 points and two assists, Merten 5 points and two assists, and Messer 2 points. Next, the Cubs travel to Maple Lake Tuesday, Feb. 9, and then host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Friday, Feb. 12. Go Big Blue!