By Pat Garry, Staff Writer
The Lady Cubs’ holiday tournament was played last week, and it featured teams from Milaca, Kimball, Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, and Holdingford, who emerged as champions, defeating LCWM, 69-64 in the finale.
Holdingford 63, Kimball 27
Kimball took on the undefeated Huskers in game one of the Tournament, and -Holdingford took control early, opening the game on a 15-0 run. Freshman Olivia Mortenson got the Cubs on the board with a couple of field goals; along with a pair of free-throws by sophomore -Madelyn Hunt, closing the lead to 15-6 with 9:48 to play in the first half. The Cubs did manage to get to the foul line, taking some advantage of being in the free throw bonus with ten minutes to play in the first half. The Cubs shot 12 first-half free throws but Holdingford claimed a 29-15 lead into halftime. Consecutive field goals by junior Madison Streit and Hunt, to start the second half, got the Cubs to within 10 points, at 29-19, but the Huskers pulled away and closed-out the 63-27 first-round win.
Ellie Kuechle, 9 pts, 4 steals; Olivia Mortenson, 6 pts, 2 steals; Madison Streit, 5 pts; -Madelyn Hunt, 4 pts; Cailyn Kuechle,
2 pts; Hallie Arnold, 1 pt, 5 steals, 8 rebounds.
Milaca 48, Kimball 31
In the third-place game, -Kimball faced Milaca, and junior Madison Streit scored 5 of the Cubs’ first 10 points, making the score, 11-10, Milaca, just five minutes into the contest. The Wolves then registered (15) unanswered points and pushed the lead to 26-10, before swelling that margin to 37-14 at the hiatus. Kimball was plagued by 23 turnovers and shot poorly, cashing in on only 10 of 45 field goal attempts.
Olivia Mortenson, 9 pts,
4 rebounds; Cailyn Kuechle, 7 pts; Madison Streit, 6 pts, 3 rebounds; Ellie Kuechle, 5 pts, 6 steals,
4 rebounds; Hallie Arnold, 2 pts,
4 steals, 3 rebounds; Madelyn Hunt, 2 pts, 3 assists, 5 rebounds; Madison Schmitz took two charges.
“It was a tough two games for us against very good competition. Our team, being so young overall, tends to do everything a little too fast; rushing shots, getting out of control and not taking care of the basketball. Our challenge is to improve on our decision making, and as we mature as players, the game should start to slow down and things should start clicking,” said Coach Jeremy Kuechle.
Milaca took 3rd place, with their win over Kimball, while Holdingford won the championship game (1st place) and remained undefeated; beating Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial, 69-64.