After a great 9-0 start to their season, the Lady Cubs headed to Rockford to take on the Rockets. After leading the majority of the game, the Cubs found themselves down by 1 with less than 10 seconds left of the game, and the ball in the Cubs’ hands. They were able to drive the ball down and get a great shot off before the buzzer only to find themselves defeated for the first game of the season. Although there was obvious disappointment in their first loss of the season, the Lady Cubs played their hearts out and had no reason to hang their heads. Leading the team with scoring was Taylor Schreiner with 10, Lauren Libbesmeier and Ariel Laabs with 6 each. Denzel Atherton and Amanda Roerick rounded out the scoring with 4 and 2 points respectively.
Friday, Jan. 18, the Cubs came out clawing the B-B-E Jaguars to a 32-17 win. Abbey Straley had a strong game that finished with a game high of 15 points. Taylor Schreiner, Ariel Laabs and Alexa Ruehle each added 4 and Amanda Roerick, Kate Loehrer and Lauren Libbesmeier rounding out the scoring with 2, 2 and 1, respectively.
The Cubs headed over to the powerhouse Annandale Cardinals to face a tough challenge. It was a rough and physical game and the Cardinals’ press was too much for the Lady Cubs to handle trailing at half with a score or 8-25. The final score was 18-47. Ariel Laabs lead the team with 6, Roerick and Libbesmeier adding 4 each and Straley and Schreiner chipping in 2 each.
The Cubs showed no match for the Pierz Pioneers as the Cubs cruise passed the Pioneers with a score of 27-12. The scoring was very well rounded for the cubs with Abbey Straley and Lauren Libbesmeier leading the way with 6 each. Madison Libbesmeier and Ariel Laabs with 4, Ericka Johnson with 3, Denzel Atherton and Alexa Ruehle with 2 each.
Saturday, Jan. 26, the Cubs headed north to play St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders. The Cubs started out flat and on their heels trailing at half 20-35. Within a few minutes of play in the second half, the Cubs found themselves down by 22 points and defeat was written on their faces. The girls put a spark in each other, and found a second wind to go on a 24-5 run to cut the lead to 3. Having to foul to stop the clock, the Crusaders knocked down some key free throws to keep the lead at 5 with a final score of 45-50. Madison Libbesmeier, Abbey Straley and Ariel Laabs led the team with 13, 11 and 10 points, respectively. Finishing out the scoring for the Cubs: Denzel Atherton (3), Kaitlyn Truenow (2), Lauren Libbesmeier (2), Alexa Ruehle (2), Emily Utecht (1) and Kate Loehrer (1).
The Cubs breezed by the next 3 conference games defeating EV-W, Holdingford and Maple Lake with final scores of 25-16, 35-13 and 22-17, respectively. The 3 game total in scoring was led by M. Libbesmeier, Straley and Laabs each chipping in 20 points. L. Libbesmeier and Johnson chipped in 7 points and 5 points while Roerick and Utecht rounded out the 3-game total with 3 each.
Friday, Feb. 8, the Cubs hosted the Litchfield Dragons. With the Cubs trailing at half with a score of 13-20, it was nothing they haven’t seen before. The second half was owned by the Cubs with an intense 14 minutes of play finishing out the game on top with a score of 35-32. Straley and Laabs took charge with 12 points and 9 points. L. Libbesmeier added 6 while Atherton and Truenow chipped in 4 each.
The second time around for the Cubs against the Howard Lake Lakers was a bit different than the nail biting game the first time around. The Cubs jumped to a 10-0 run and never looked back with a final score of 45-34. Ariel Laabs scored her new game high with 17 points. Straley and Schreiner added 10 points, which was Schreiner’s first game back from injury. The Cubs finished out the scoring with L. Libbesmeier (3), Truenow (2), Atherton (2), and Utecht (1).
On February 15th, the Lady Cubs wanted their revenge on the Rockford Rockets from their one and only conference loss of the season – and that they did. Jumping to a half time lead of 22-16 the Cubs never looked back to secure their revenge win with a score of 37-28. Straley and Laabs rallied in 13 points and 11 points, respectively. Finishing out the scoring was Schreiner, (6), Truenow (5) and Loehrer (2).
The Lady cubs head to Foley only to fall short of another win with a final score of 29-37. Laabs poured in 13 points to lead the team with Truenow and Schreiner chipping in 7 points and 5 points, respectively. L. Libbesmeier and Utecht each added 2.
The last conference game was held at Pierz and the cubs finished strong to end the season 13-1 in conference play. Laabs and Straley took charge each scoring 13 points, L. Libbesmeier contributing 6 and Truenow added 1.
The last game of the season was held at home against the St. John’s Prep Johnnies and the Cubs were looking to end their great season with one final last win – and that they did! Scoring was well rounded for the Cubs as Straley led the team with 14 points, Laabs (7), Schriener (6), Atherton (6), Ruehle (5), Truenow (4), and Roerick (3).
Congratulations on a great season, Cubs! Dream BIG!
Kimball C-Squad girls’ basketball finished their season at home v St. John’s Prep Monday, Feb. 25. In back, from left to right are Emily Utecht, Lauren Libbesmeier, Denzel Atherton, Taylor Schreiner, Amanda Roerick, Kaitlyn Loehrer, Ariel Laabs, and coach Melanie Marquardt. In front are Alexa Ruehle, Ericka Johnson, Abbey Straley, Kaitlyn Truenow, and Alyssa Zabinski. They finished their season with 19 wins and only 4 losses. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.