The girls’ basketball team played three games last week, with the first being at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Tuesday, Feb. 12. Kimball held with the Lakers through the first six minutes of the game with the score tied at 8-8, but the Lakers went on a 19-5 run the rest of the half to take a 27-13 halftime lead. The Cubs were unable to close the margin in the second half. The Lakers proved why they have only one conference loss on the season. They defeated Kimball by a final score of 60-45. The scoring line for the Cubs was Allie Seth 11, Breane Meierhofer 9, Paiten Schreiner 8, Kaylee Petty 6, Raelynn Callander 5, Casie Mackereth 4, and Kenadi Mackereth 2. Rebounding leaders were Schreiner and Casie Mackereth with seven each, follwed by Callander with six. Meierhofer and Kenadi Mackereth each had three assists.
Next, the Cubs hosted Rockford on Parents Night Friday, Feb. 15, as Kimball got back on the winning track. Kimball never trailed in the game, as they led 26-19 at halftime and marched on to a 49-38 victory. Meierhofer led all scorers with 19 points, followed by Seth with 13, Petty and Madelyn O’Brien had 5 each, Kenadi Mackereth 3,
Callander 2, and Schreiner 2.
Schreiner and Petty led in rebounds with six each, Meierhofer had five assists and six steals, while Kenadi Mackereth stole the ball four times.
The finale for the week was traveling to Foley Saturday, Feb. 16. Foley showcased 6’5” sophomore college recruit Tara Dusharm, and a strong Foley squad. Dusharm started the contest needing only 9 points to reach the 1,000-point scoring mark for her career. Kimball was determined to not let her get easy baskets, and tried to take away the Falcons’ offensive leader. In the first half, Kimball played great team defense and sound offense, holding a slim 21-20 lead at halftime. In the second half, Kimball struggled offensively converting on only 3-16 shooting from the field. They found it hard to get baskets inside with 6’5” Dusharm standing in the paint. Kimball’s defense kept them in the game as they held Dusharm to only 2 field goals on the night. The Cubs held Foley’s offense in check, but Kimball lost despite a great effort 43-34. Dusharm did make seven freethrows to finish with 11 points and reach her 1,000-point mark during the second half despite Kimball’s strong effort. Kimball’s offensive leaders were Meierhofer with 14, O’Brien 5, Petty 4, Seth 3, Casie Mackereth 3, Schreiner 3, Kenadi Mackereth 2. Seth and Petty led in rebounds with six each, while O’Brien had five. Seth led with three assists and Schreiner led with two steals. The Cubs’ record now stands at 10-12 overall, 6-7 in the CMC. This week is hghlighted by an exciting road game at Pierz Thursday, Feb. 21, a win would force a third-place tie with Pierz in the conference. Regular season’s final game is Monday, Feb. 25, at home against St. John’s Prep, with the Cubs first playoff game following Thursday, Feb. 28, opponent to be determined Wednesday this week. Go Big Blue!