Tricounty News

Kimball basketball girls go 2-1 in final week

The Lady Cubs had a busy week, winning at home Monday, Feb. 17, against Swanville, 64-25; losing at home Tuesday, vs. Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, 71-25; and winning at Paynesville Saturday, 50-45. Kimball never trailed in the Swanville contest, starting on an 8-0 run. The Cubs wrapped it up early, posting an insurmountable 37-8 halftime lead. “It was a great team effort, as everybody on the team had significant contributions to the team’s success,” said coach Jeremy Kuechle. Scoring: Madison Libbesmeier, 3; Taylor Schreiner, 10; Hannah Serbus, 9; Kristina Kastanek, 2; Victoria Denn, 6; Madison Hurrle, 6; Abbey Straley, 4; Madelyn O’Brien, 8; Nicole Vossen, 5; Caitlyn O’Brien, 8; Becky Holtz, 3.

Tuesday’s home crowd witnessed a very powerful, undefeated-in-the-conference Howard Lake squad take an easy victory and move to 22-1 overall. Kimball managed to hang around early, trailing by only 3 points in the first six-plus minutes, but the Lakers finished the half on a 31-4 run. “We had a hard time managing the pressure applied by the Howard Lake guards in the full court and also running their offensive sets in the half court,” Coach Kuechle said. Scoring: Caitlin O’Brien, 6; Madison Libbesmeier, 5; Taylor Schreiner, 3; Hannah Serbus, 2; Madelyn O’Brien, 4; Nicole Vossen, 3; Becky Holtz, 2. Becky Holtz, 7 rebounds; Hannah Serbus, 2 steals; Caitlin O’Brien, 3 blocks; Nicole Vossen, 3 assists.

The girls traveled to Paynesville Saturday and bettered the Bulldogs, as Madison Libbesmeier led the Cubs’ charge with 13 points. Kimball began the game on a 9-2 run, and Paynesville answered with a 7-0 run to tie the game. The game went back and forth up to halftime with Paynesville leading 24-23 at the break. The Cubs began the second half on a 12-3 run to take a 35-27 lead with 10 minutes to play. By the five-minute
mark, Kimball built its lead to 47-31, taking a commanding lead. Paynesville’s Kayla Schafer tried to keep the Bulldogs in the game, as she scored 12 second-half points and reached the 1,000-point mark for her career, but her late flurry was not enough as Kimball held on. Scoring: Caitlin O’Brien, 2; Madison Libbesmeier, 13; Taylor Schreiner, 11; Hannah Serbus, 6; Madelyn O’Brien, 10; Nicole Vossen, 2; Becky Holtz, 6.