Kimball traveled to Pierz Thursday, Feb. 21, in CMC play with third-place in the CMC on the line. Pierz defeated the Cubs 67-62 in overtime earlier this year, as the Cubs looked to even the score. Kimball started a little sluggishly, as the Pioneers began the contest with a 9-2 run, but Kimball worked their way back into the game trailing by two at halftime 20-18. In the second half, Kimball managed to take the lead on a three-point basket by Senior Paiten Schreiner 35-34, but Kimball could not get the critical shots to fall down the stretch, as Pierz finished on the winning side by a final score of 43-38.
Defensively, the Cubs held their own lead by Raelynn Callander with 4 steals and Breane Meierhofer with 3 steals. Madelyn O’Brien played strong defense in the paint, blocking five Pierz shots. The Cubs waivered on offense, committing 23 turnovers and shooting 14 for 49 from the field. Scoring leaders for Kimball were Casie Mackereth 11, Schreiner 9, Meierhofer 8, Kaylee Petty 6, Allie Seth 4. Rebounding leaders were Meierhofer with seven, Casie Mackereth six, Schreiner five, and Seth four. Kenadi Mackereth led the team with six assists. The Cubs’ record stands at 10-13 overall, and 6-8 in the CMC. Kimball will play its first game of the section 5AA playoffs Thursday, Feb. 28, in Foley. Foley is the four seed and Kimball the five seed. Start time is scheduled for 7 p.m. Go Big Blue!
Paiten Schreiner puts up a three at Pierz, but it was not enough to pull out a win. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
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.
Wow! what a great turn out of kids who want to come out and be a part of Kimball's wrestling program this year! There were more than 50 kids who came on Tuesday afternoon to meet with Coach Schindler and Coach Sundin with the intentions of signing up. Go Cubs!
The Cubs started their section tournament this last week with a quarter-final win over the Eagles of Eden Valley-Watkins. The Eagles advanced into the quarterfinal match with a 33-21 victory over Browerville, but with the Eagles’ win came four forfeits. In the section tournament, if you forfeit a weight, you need to carry that forfeit all the way through the tournament. The Eagles came to wrestle a tough match, but the Cubs proved to be too much for them, and came away with a 48-29 victory to advance to the semi-finals Friday, Feb. 15, in Belgrade where they would face the host school.
Kimball’s Marcus Mehr pins EV-W’s John Unterberger in 1:29. Staff photos by Marguerite Laabs.