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Varsity Lady Cubs struggle twice more

Kimball v Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder 33-39

Tuesday Jan. 31, Kimball hosted the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder in a non-conference match up. Although a basketball contest was being played, the night belonged to EV-W sixth-grader, Kennedy Schoenecker. Kennedy was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma, a very rare (for kids), very aggressive type of liver cancer in January 2012. To help recognize this, both the Kimball and LP-GE varsity teams wore green wristbands to honor Kennedy in her fight. Both teams wish the best to Kennedy and her family in this fight.

From the tip, Kimball played great defense, but the offensive struggles continued to haunt the Lady Cubs. Junior Allie Seth got us on the scoreboard with a free throw, and senior Samantha Stuve drained three out of four from the stripe, to tie the game at 4-4 with 12:11 to go in the first half. Junior Breane Meierhofer hit a long triple, senior Mandy Wittenberg scored an "old fashioned" three-point play and added two more foul shots at the 6:41 mark, to pull Kimball ahead by one, 12-11. Stuve knocked down a two pointer, as this was all the offense the Lady Cubs could muster, as the Thunder ended the half on an 8-0 run to lead 21-14 going into halftime.

In the second, Meierhofer stuck another three pointer and senior Erin Dingmann nailed two triple's to cut the margin to 23-25, in favor of LP-GE with 13:23 in the game. Wittenberg scored our next two baskets and Meierhofer rained in her third three pointer of the game, Stuve made one foul shot and Wittenberg's basket with 3:47 completed the Lady Cub scoring on the evening. Junior Kenadi Mackereth with seniors Emily Donnay and Brooke Merten provided solid minutes off the bench. The Thunder took the game by scoring its final six points at the free-throw line, 39-33. Our team leaders in rebounds were Meierhofer, Dingmann and Wittenberg, each with five, Meierhofer and Stuve dished out three assists each and Meierhofer nabbed six steals.

Kimball v Dassel-Cokato Chargers 34-59

Last Friday night, Kimball hosted another non-conference rival, the Dassel-Cokato Chargers. It was going to take a huge effort, as D-C had recently beaten Annandale, HL-W-W and Litchfield, all teams that gave the Lady Cubs fits. Our overall team health is now improving and the Chargers would be a great test for us as the season begins to move closer toward the playoffs.

The first half began with Breane Meierhofer nailing a three-pointer on our first offensive possession. Allie Seth added a basket at the 14:30 mark of the first and we thought it would get us going, but the Chargers went 18-0 run. Erin Dingmann's two-point shot, two more baskets by Meierhofer and Dingmann again for two, but we still trailed 13-32. Senior Brooke Merten dropped a triple to end the scoring for Kimball, licking our wounds going into halftime behind 16-37.

As the second half got underway, Mandy Wittenberg hit her first shot of the night, Meierhofer knocked down a three, junior Casie Mackereth scored a free throw and Wittenberg converted two more from the line with 4:46 to play in the game. Meierhofer scored a two, Wittenberg a charity shot, Meierhofer also one from the line, and with 1:33 to play another Meierhofer basket had Kimball still down, 30-55. Junior Kaylee Petty scored her first varsity points this season on a lay up and Kenadi Mackereth made both her free throws to end the Lady Cub scoring. Sam Stuve, Emily Donnay with juniors Raelynn Callander, Alissa Jones and Hannah Zipoy all contributing strong minutes, as the Lady Cubs were defeated by a very good opponent, 59-34. Our team leaders for the evening were Wittenberg with 14 boards, Merten with four assists, and Wittenberg charted four steals. Our overall record is now 9-9 and 4-5 in the Central Minnesota Conference.

The Lady Cubs head out on the road Thursday night, Feb. 9, to take on the Irish in Maple Lake at 7:30 p.m. Then back home for another non-conference tilt with Norwood-Young America at

7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13. Thank you for supporting Kimball girls' basketball.