The Kimball girls’ basketball team surely knows how to entertain. Following a last second 2-point victory at Collegeville last week, the Cubs were at it again. But this time the girls decided to treat the faithful to a double overtime show. Cubs’ sophomore Taylor Schreiner rallied for 18 points, but it wasn’t enough, as Kimball fell to the Maple Lake Irish, 45-42, in the Friday, Jan. 10, conference game. It took a while for both teams to warm up as the first half was a display of cold shooting and careless turnovers, but in the second half, the entertainment value rose substantially. Maple Lake stretched their 1-point halftime lead to 9 points with a 32-23 lead with six minutes to play. Cubs’ sophomore guards Taylor Schreiner and Madison Libbesmeier stepped up by taking turns connecting on 3-point attempts to help Kimball get the score tied 34-34 with three minutes to play.
Each team would have chances to win in regulation, but the score remained tied, 34-34, to force overtime. Kimball appeared to have the game won, 37-36, in overtime, but a desperation 3-point attempt bounced hard off the backboard right into the hands of an Irish player, who was fouled attempting the put back attempt with .6 seconds left. With two free-throws and a chance for the win, the Lakers would make one of two and force a second overtime, 37-37. Kimball jumped out to a 40-37 lead in the second overtime but consecutive 3-point baskets by Maple Lake would put them up by a score of 43-42, with two minutes to play. Kimball again had chances to score in overtime and after a couple free-throws to give the Irish a 45-42 lead,
Kimball still had a chance to tie but the Cubs were unable to get a shot off as time expired, while Maple Lake escaped with a 45-42 victory in a very exciting contest.
The loss puts Kimball at (3-7) overall and gives the Irish their first win on the season. Assuming Mother Nature allows, the Cubs take on Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Thursday, Jan. 16, and welcome Rockford next Tuesday, Jan. 21.
Cubs junior Nicole Vossen shoots for two during the second half to pull ahead of Maple Lake. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.