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Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
Tammy Kuechle scored her 1,000th career point on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003. Down 2-0 early in the first quarter, Tammy set a baseline pick for Jenny Kunkel, Tammy then went through a double screen at the free-throw line to the top of the key, caught the pass, turned and shot, hitting nothing but net; she made the three-pointer that gave the Lady Cubs the lead and Kuechle her 1,000th career point. Kuechle, a 5'8" senior wing for the Kimball Cubs is now the fourth player in Kimball girls' basketball history to score 1,000 career points. Teammate Melanie Marquardt was the last to do so, last Friday, Jan. 10. Tammy now ranks fourth in career points with 1,012 so far, behind Marquardt at 1,022, Heidi Schwichtenberg at 1,065, and the girls' all-time leading scorer Jane Konz at 1,269 career points. Tammy is a gym rat, she is always one of the last people to leave the gym after practice, and if the gym is open you can bet Tammy is in there shooting. She has spent countless hours perfecting her basketball skills and it shows. Tammy is the best pure shooter I have seen in the seven years I have coached. Last season Tammy at one point converted on 35 consecutive free-throw attempts (third in the state records) and set the school record shooting 87.6 percent from the free-throw line. Besides being a great shooter, Tammy is a great all-around player. She is able to play all five positions if needed. Over the last three seasons, Tammy has averaged a double-double - 10 points or more and 10 rebounds or more - and is well on pace to accomplish that feat again this season. Congratulations again, Tammy! I know there are many people, including myself, who are proud of everything you have accomplished individually and for your team. Keep working hard, we still have more goals to accomplish.