Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The Kimball girls' basketball team traveled to Pierz last Tuesday, Jan. 24, to take on the Pioneers in another conference match up. We had played all the other conference teams at least once, and this would be our first look at Pierz this season.
Both teams slowly started offensively, and at the 15:41 mark of the first half, senior Mandy Wittenberg got the Lady Cubs on the scoreboard. Wittenberg went on to add 11 more points and junior Casie Mackereth made a three-point basket to complete the scoring, 16-22, in favor of Pierz to end the half.
To begin the second half, Wittenberg hit another shot and senior Brooke Merten made a free throw, senior Erin Dingmann scored a basket and the free throw, to trail 22-36 with 10:24 to play. Four Mackereth free throws were sandwiched around junior Breane Meierhofer's driving basket and Dingmann popped a triple from the arc, but we still were behind by seven, 31-38. Solid minutes were played by seniors Samantha Stuve and Emily Donnay, with junior Allie Seth chipping in three rebounds. Mackereth drained three more charity shots and Wittenberg scored the final eight Kimball points, but it wasn't enough as the Lady Cubs fell to Pierz by eight, 42-50. Our leading rebounder for the game was Wittenberg with 14, Dingmann dished out five assists and Wittenberg charted three steals.
Kimball moved on to Belgrade on Friday Jan. 27, to take on the B-B-E Jaguars. We have been struggling to pull away from teams lately, and unfortunately this night would not be the ending the Lady Cubs looked for.
From the tip-off, both squads came up empty on the offensive end until Breane Meierhofer got Kimball on the scoreboard as she drained a three-point shot to put us in the lead that would last the entire first half. Mandy Wittenberg and Samantha Stuve added baskets with Wittenberg and Meierhofer each hitting two charity shots to put us up by three, 11-8, with 7:14 to go in the first. Wittenberg drained a lay-up that helped us keep our offensive seesaw half with B-B-E going. Allie Seth drew a tough assignment defensively, and got into first-half foul trouble. Meierhofer made two from the foul line, Wittenberg made three charity shots and Erin Dingmann hit a free throw and a basket to finish the scoring for Kimball, 21-15 going into the locker room at half.
In the second half, Meierhofer drained a bucket, Dingmann converted a three-point play and two charity shots, with Emily Donnay chipping in five straight points to take a 33-31 lead. Wittenberg made two freethrows, Brooke Merten added one, Meierhofer hit a driving shot and Dingmann scored another to lead by five, 40-35. The Lady Cubs were able to push the lead to seven, with 4:54 to play on a Wittenberg basket, and two Meierhofer free throws. That would be the end of the offense as the Lady Jaguars went on a 19-4 run to end the game. Kimball's defense struggled down the stretch and the team let an almost assured conference road victory slip through their fingers. The final went in favor of B-B-E, 56-48. Our team leader in rebounds was Wittenberg with 13, Merten and Stuve each handed out three assists and Wittenberg had four steals. The Kimball girls' varsity basketball team is 9-7 overall and 4-5 in the CMC conference.
We are anxious to get home to take on the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle-Thunder Tuesday, Jan. 31, in Kimball, starting at 7:30 p.m. The team also plays the Dassel-Cokato Chargers at home Friday, Feb. 3, in another non-conference tilt at 7:30 p.m. Thank you for supporting Kimball girls' basketball.