Tricounty News

Lady Cubs get tenth win of season

The Lady Cubs keep chipping away at their season's goals and another goal was met this week as they earned their tenth win of the season. The week began with a trip to St. John's Prep Tuesday, Jan. 19, playing in historic Guild Hall where Kimball showed how eager they were to get back to winning basketball. The Cubs jumped out to a 17-2 lead on the heels of Kelsey Vigoren's three first-half 3-point field goals and the sharp shooting of Natalie Stein. St. John's made one run in the game right before haftime, as they were able to make some perimeter shots and close Kimball's advantage to 31-22 at the halfway mark. But, in the second half, the Cubs again forced their opponent into too many mistakes with great defensive pressure, allowing Kimball to stretch their lead and close out a 66-34 win. Tesslynn Callander played greatly at the point guard position, scoring 8 points, dishing out seven assists, and creating opportunities for her teammates. Stein was one of those teammates who took advantage, shooting 50 percent from the floor, finishing with a game high 16 points. Vigoren's 9 points and six rebounds provided the spark and the flame continued to burn with Megan Garding and Mandy Wittenberg each scoring 6 points. Brooke Merten, Rachel Arnold, Shannon Donnay, and Sarah Messer all scored 4 points each. Liz Kastanek and Kayla Myers added 2 points each. Kristina Mackereth was one for two from the free-throw line to round out the many contributors on offense for the Cubs. Despite not being in the scoring column, Erin Dingmann was directly responsible for 10 points. She unselfishly handed out five assists on the night, always having the knack to find an open teammate. Leading rebounders in the contest were Vigoren and Garding with seven, Callander six, and Mackereth four. Thursday, Jan. 21, the Cubs made a voyage to Pierz, battling the freezing rain that takes a normally long bus ride and makes it even longer. Kimball was slow to thaw from the long bus ride, while Pierz started hot and built an 18-2 lead. Kimball would not walk away from this one without a fight, however, they slowly chipped away at the Pioneers' lead and narrowed the deficit to 29-25 at the half. The Cubs picked up right where they left off, immediately tying the game in the second half and taking the lead shortly thereafter. Kimball did not let Pierz make a run, as the Cubs frustrated Pierz with great defense, and slowly built a lead of their own, and finished off Pierz with a final score of 62-47. Kimball dominated the boards, led by posts Garding (11 rebounds) and Wittenberg (13 rebounds). The guards took care of the ball, with only four second-half turnovers against the Pierz full court and aggressive man-to-man half-court pressure. Garding led all scorers with 16 points, followed by Wittenberg's 13 points. Stein led the guards with 11 points, Vigoren had 9 points and three assists, while Callander had 7 points and an impressive seven assists. Coming off the bench for the Cubs and playing huge roles in the Cubs' win were Rachel Arnold (two assists and three rebounds), Brooke Merten (4 points), Shannon Donnay (2 points and four rebounds), and Sarah Messer (one rebound). The win pushes the Cubs' Conference record to 3-3 and their overall record to 10-4, as they look forward to upcoming games against B-B-E (home Jan. 26) and EV-W (away Jan. 29). Go Big Blue!