The Lady Cubs lost 76-29, at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Monday, Feb. 10, to a tough, unbeaten in the conference Lakers bunch. The Cubs scored first on a three-pointer by sophomore Taylor Schreiner, which was followed up by sophomore Madison Libbesmeier’s field goal, to put Kimball out in front for the second time, 5-3. Howard Lake flexed its muscles and breezed to a 52-15 lead by halftime. The Lakers would sink a dozen three-point baskets in the contest, en route to the overwhelming victory. Cubs’ scoring summary: Schreiner 8, Madelyn O’Brien 6, Libbesmeier 5, Madison Hurrle 4, Nicole Vossen 4, and Caitlin O’Brien 2. Juniors Hannah Serbus and Maddy O’Brien had five rebounds each, Libbesmeier led the team in assists with three, and Hurrle led the team in steals with four. “Howard Lake has a very special team this year, with three of the conference’s best senior players. It is a great opportunity for our young squad to see what we can take from this experience and grow as players in our overall g
oal of team improvement. We will meet again in just over a week, so we will see how quickly we can learn from this one,” coach Jeremy Kuechle said.
Thursday, Feb. 13, Kimball journeyed to Maple Lake and lost to the Irish, 50-40. Kimball jumped out to an early lead and led almost the entire first half, while the halftime score had the Cubs up by one point, 23-22. In the second half, Maple Lake took the lead and built it to 33-26. Kimball would show some toughness on the road, making an 11-2 run to take back the lead, 37-35, with six minutes remaining. The Irish would not be denied at home however, getting many chances at the free-throw line to clinch the game down the stretch, and prevailing with the 10-point margin of victory. Game scoring summary: Madison Libbesmeier 3, Taylor Schreiner 7, Madison Hurrle 6, Madelyn O’Brien 10, Nicole Vossen 3, Caitlin O’Brien 3, Becky Holtz 8.
Cubs’ freshman Madison Hurrle looks for an open teammate at Maple Lake. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.