The Kimball girls' basketball team began its season last week with three non-conference opponents collecting wins in all three games.
First, Kimball hosted Lester Prairie Tuesday, Dec. 1, where the Cubs and Bulldogs battled to a 24-24 halftime tie, but defensively the Cubs turned it on in the second half, pulling away for a 52-40 victory. Friday, Dec. 4, Kimball traveled to Royalton where the home floor of the Royals proved to be a difficult atmosphere for Cub shooters. The Cubs would make only two perimeter shots in the contest but made a defensive statement to be proud of. The Cubs allowed only one field goal in the second half until there were fewer than three minutes left in the game. Building a 33-22 lead during their defensive stand was more than the Royals could overcome, as Kimball would finish with a 36-28 hard fought win.
Saturday, Dec. 5, the Cubs would win their third game of the week in convincing fashion, defeating E.C.H.O. Charter by a final score of 71-22. Some superb individual efforts were made by all of the Lady Cubs in these contests besides great team play in all of them.
Junior Megan Garding led the team in points and rebounding with 32 total points and 22 total rebounds. Sophomore Liz Kastanek would lead the team in steals with eight, followed by senior Tesslynn Callander with seven, and sophomore Brooke Merten with six, followed by senior Kelsi Woods, junior Natalie Stein, junior Shannon Donnay, and senior Sarah Messer all with four steals. Stein had the hot hand against Lester Prairie, scoring 14 points, shooting 7 for 10 from the field. Callander served up a game high six assists against Lester Prairie, Kastanek led with four assists versus Royalton, junior Kayla Myers tallied a game, leading nine rebounds, while junior Shannon Donnay, senior Kristina Mackereth, and junior Megan Garding all had five rebounds against ECHO.
Next up for the Cubs is home against Dassel-Cokato Tuesday, Dec. 8, followed by another home game in the conference opener against EV-W Tuesday, Dec. 15. Go Big Blue!