Kimball girls basketball sixth grade took third place at the Upsala Tournament Saturday, Jan 18. Pictured in back row, left to right are coach Jeremy Kuechle, Megan Serbus, Kyrie Rossman, Jolee Randall, Justice Boyer, and coach Monte Serbus. In front are Katie Decknatel, Cailyn Kuechle, Bailee Schiefelbein, Megan Schindler, and Tori Haren. Not pictured Kim Kesanen. Submitted photo.
The Lady Cubs’ basketball team played at Holdingford Tuesday, Jan. 14, in a makeup game previously postponed from Jan. 7. It was a good battle, but the Huskers held on for a 44-41 victory. Kimball jumped out to an 18-8 lead thanks to sophomore Becky Holtz’s 9 first-half points. Senior guard Joelle Ertl provided all the offense for Holdingford, scoring 19 of her 34 total points in the first-half; single-handedly bringing the Huskers back to gain a 23-21 halftime lead. Holdingford built their lead to 33-24 with just over 10 minutes left in the second half.
The Cubs invited St. John’s Prep to town Monday, Jan. 13, and handed them a 76-69 loss.
Cameron Hunt hit a free throw late in the game to achieve the 1,000-point milestone and finished with nine assists and five rebounds.
Both teams struggled early from the field; Kimball 1/6 and St. John’s Prep 0/4. With 11:30 left in the half Kimball led 14-5. The lead grew to 10 at one point (25-15). St. John’s Prep made a run late in the half and went to the locker room tied at 33. Early in the second half, the lead changed hands a few times. Kimball stretched the lead to 12, 58-46, but SJP made a run and cut the lead to five (66-61) with 1:29 left. The Cubs made their FTs down the stretch to seal the win 76-69. The Cubs out-rebounded the Johnnies 30-24, and had fewer turnovers 11-15. In the second half, the Cubs were 13/14 from 2-point range. Overall Kimball was 25/32 from 2-point range, 4/21 from 3-point range, and 14/18 from the free-throw line. SJP was 18/32, 8/20 and 9/13.
Coming off a solid victory over SJP, the Kimball Cubs journeyed to Holdingford Tuesday, Jan. 14, and beat the Huskers 64-46. Jarred Merchant racked up 25 points in the big Central Minnesota Conference win. Joey VonWahlde added 17 points for the Cubs (3-3 CMC, 9-4 overall) and Cameron Hunt swiped five steals. The Cubs jumped out to an early 10-4 lead. The game stayed close in the first half and at the break, Kimball led 30-27.
In the second half, Kimball stretched the lead to 11, 45-34, at about the 9-minute mark. The lead stayed there until a late run to the finish line by the Cubs. Kimball had 10 turnovers and Holdingford 8. Kimball shot 17/32, 6/16 (3 points), and 12/15 (FT).
Playing their third game of the week, the Kimball Area Cubs hosted Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Friday, Jan. 17. The No. 1-ranked Jaguars proved their worthy status, clobbering the Cubs, 79-53, and staying unblemished in Central Minnesota Conference play. Jarred Merchant scored 25 points and had 9 rebounds for Kimball, who trailed 37-25 at halftime. The game was close for the first 9 minutes of the first half.
Kimball trailed 21-19 at the 8:34 mark, when B-B-E went on a 6-0 run, bumping the lead to a dozen. The Cubs’ first possession of the second half saw Joey VonWahlde’s 3-pointer cut the lead to below double digits. The Jags answered on the next possession to put it back to a 12-point advantage. “We would never get within striking distance again. Jarred Merchant played a great game and really helped keep us close in the first half. We gave up a lot of easy baskets in the lane area.