By Pat Garry, Staff Writer
Kimball faced Central Minnesota Conference’s top two teams last week, starting with Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Tuesday, Jan. 22; and Eden Valley-Watkins Friday.
(BBE Game; BBE 56, Kimball 44) Erin O’Brien led the Cubs’ first-half scoring, as she put Kimball up 5-4, early on; then later on, tied the game, 11-11. Ashley Schindele’s trey tied it again at 14, halfway through the first frame, but BBE went on a 20-5 run to lead at the half, 34-19. The Cubs battled back in the second half, as Sidney Schreiner connected on a three pointer to cut the BBE lead to 53-42 with five minutes to play; but that was too much for Kimball to overcome. Kimball Stats: Erin O’Brien, 18 points, 18 rebounds, 4 assists; Sidney Schreiner, 10 points, 5 assists; Ashley Schindele, 8 points, 7 rebounds; Rachel Utecht, 6 points; Madelyn Hunt, 2 points.
(Eden Valley-Watkins Game; EV-W 63, Kimball 28) EV-W brought their undefeated 16-0 record to Kimball and proved why they are ranked #5 in class 2A. The Eagles jumped out to a 21-1 lead with 11:40 to play in the first half and by halftime their lead was 40-15. The Cubs had no answers and came up short. Kimball Stats: Ashley Schindele, 6 points; Sidney Schreiner, 6 points; Rachel Utecht, 6 points; Cailyn Kuechle, 5 points; Madelyn Hunt, 3 points; Erin O’Brien, 1 point, 4 rebounds; Bailee Schiefelbein, 1 point. Kimball’s record drops to 7-11 overall and 3-4 in the CMC.