The Kimball girls’ basketball team opened up the season on the road, calling on the Royalton Royals, Tuesday, Dec. 3, and dropped a tight one, 60-55. Kimball jumped out to a 21-9 early lead, and saw it diminish to just two by the halftime break. The Cubs couldn’t stop Royalton’s Emily Fussy and Haley Olson, who scored 52 of the team’s 60 points.
Kimball scoring: Madelyn O’Brien, 17; Madison Libbesmeier, 9; Becky Holtz, 7; Nicole Vossen, 6; Hannah Serbus, 6; Taylor Schreiner, 5; Caitlin O’Brien, 5.
Improving very quickly, the Lady Cubs played their home opener Friday, Dec. 6, against a very good ACGC squad. Kimball took the overtime thriller, 49-47, after sophomore guard Madison Libbesmeier hit the game-tying field goal at the buzzer to end regulation. The Cubs scored two field goals in the first 13 seconds of overtime to take control early in the overtime period and held on for the tough victory.
Kimball scoring: Taylor Schreiner, 13; Becky Holtz, 8; Madison Libbesmeier, 8; Nicole Vossen, 7; Caitlin O’Brien, 6; Hannah Serbus, 4; Madelyn O’Brien, 3.
Kimball coach Jeremy Kuechle is happy with the effort. “We are a young team, and we know we are going to make some mistakes. If we can learn to minimize our mistakes, work on doing all the little things that make a difference, and stay focused on our responsibilities, we will continue to improve. The great thing is we have a bunch of girls that are showing they want to improve and are willing to work hard. The ultimate challenge is how quickly we can show improvement, and gain confidence as a result of it.” The Cubs play Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Milaca, and they host Dassel-Cokato Thursday, Dec. 12.
Sophmore guard Madison Libbesmeier lays it up for two for the Cubs on a fastbreak vs the ACGC Falcons Friday, Dec. 6. The Cubs won in overtime, 49-47. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.