The Kimball Cubs fell to 1-4 on the early season, after dropping a 44-42 nail-biter at Belgrade-
Brooten-Elrosa, Tuesday, Dec. 17. The Lady Cubs held a 23-16 halftime lead, but B-B-E outscored Kimball 28-19 in the final stanza. The Cubs led by as many as 8 points in the second half, but B-B-E hit 3 shots from beyond the arc to make a run, and take the lead with about six minutes to play. The game was tied 41-41 with a 1:05 to play. Kimball had some chances, but just couldn’t convert in the exciting finish. The Cubs played better as a team and showed some improvement, despite coming up short on the scoreboard. Kimball was led by sophomore guard Taylor Schreiner with 14 points.
Cubs’ scoring: Becky Holtz, 8; Hannah Serbus, 6; Nicole Vossen, 6; Madelyn O’Brien, 5; Madison Libbesmeier, 2; Caitlyn O’Brien, 1. The Lady Cubs close out the year with a home game tomorrow night against Eden Valley-Watkins, before entering a Holiday Upsala Tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27 and 28.
Cubs v Ogilvie, 96-46
Playing a rescheduled game on Monday, Dec. 16, the Kimball boys’ basketball team looked ready to go as they clobbered the visiting Ogilvie Lions, 96-46. Senior guard Cameron Hunt posted a double-double, scoring 14 points and dishing out 15 assists. “We jumped out to an early lead, and at the 7:43 mark we were ahead 45-22. In the second half everybody received a lot of playing time, and we were able to put everyone in the scoring column, which was great,” said Coach Jay Klein. The Cubs charted 29 assists, shot 23/40 from two-point range, 12/32 from downtown, and 14/21 from the free-throw line. “We had eight different players who made at least one three-pointer,” Coach Klein said. Cubs scoring: J. VonWahlde, 21; J. Merchant, 18; C. Hunt, 14; B. Serbus, 7; Mason Hennen, 6; Mathias Hennen, 6; B. Faber, 6; W. Spaulding, 5; N. Overland, 3; B. Schiefelbein, 3; I. Ehlinger, 3; H. Schreifels, 2; A. Marx, 2.
The Kimball Area Lady Cubs lost to EV-W at home on Friday, Dec. 20, 41-24. Greta Stommes scored 17, and teammate Elaina Stommes added 10 points for the Eagles, who owned a 20-11 halftime lead and would never relinquish it. Kimball Box score: Taylor Schreiner 6 points, Hannah Serbus 4 points, Tina Kastanek 5 points, Maddy O’Brien 6 points, Caitlin O’Brien 2 points, Becky Holtz 1 point. Kimball was 7/22 on two-point field goals, 1/10 on three-point field goals, and 7/14 from the free throw line. EV-W was 12/37 on two-point field goals, 1/7 on three-point field goals, and 14/19 from the charity stripe. Cubs’ Coach Jeremy Kuechle sums it up. “We did not handle the defensive pressure applied by the Eagles well enough to work for quality shot attempts. The Eagles out rebounded us 2:1, giving them more second-chance opportunities at the rim. We had 20 turnovers, while EV-W committed 17.” The Cubs’ record drops to 1-5 while EV-W moves to 4-1. Kimball closes 2013 when they visit Upsala for a holiday tournament Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28.
The Kimball JV girls’ team traveled to Milaca Tuesday, Dec. 10, to take on the Wolves in our second road game of the young season. Milaca was able to score at the rim to keep the game close in the first half, with Kimball trailing at halftime behind Madison Hurrle’s 10 points, Ariel Laabs and Emily Utecht’s each scored 3, with Denzel Atherton and Kaitlin Truenow adding 2 and Alexa Ruehle’s free throw, had us down 21-24.
It became an up and down game in the second half, as the Lady Cubs held less and less grip on the tempo of the game. Milaca was able to push the ball at our basket and converted on some easy attempts. We played hard, but Milaca eventually took the victory by 15, 47-32. Abbey Straley scored 4, Truenow hit 3 more charity shots, with Hurrle and Utecht sinking a shot each. Katelynn Loehrer played but did not score.
The Kimball boys’ basketball team remained hot last week, winning at Rockford and Pierz.
On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Cubs clipped the Rockets in a good-contested game, 69-66. Jarred Merchant rallied for another double-double, scoring 31 points and nabbing 12 rebounds for the Cubs, as they swiped the all-important conference victory. The game was close throughout the first half and Rockford held a two-point lead at the break (29-27). In the second half, the game was tied at 43, when Rockford went on an 8-0 run. After trading a few baskets, Kimball went on a 7-0 run to trail by one. Jarred Merchant then converted a three-point play, giving the Cubs a two-point advantage. Nick Tully answered with a three-point basket to allow Rockford to regain the lead. Will Spaulding answered with a three pointer, putting Kimball up two. Spaulding broke an eventual 63-63 tie, and the Cubs would not relinquish the lead. “This was a huge win for us. To start the conference season with a win on the road against a very good Rockford team should give the team a lot of confidence in the upcoming games. Jarred Merchant put up another double-double, and we had timely contributions from our guards throughout the game. We never quit which says a lot about the heart of this team,” Coach Jay Klein said. Cubs scoring: Hennen, 8; VonWahlde, 7; Hunt, 10; Serbus, 2; Spaulding, 11; Merchant, 31.