By Pat Garry, Staff Writer
Kimball traveled to play the Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City Falcons in conference play Friday, Jan. 7. The Cubs’ junior Kristen Hilbert’s left-handed post scoop began the scoring, followed by a field goal jumper by senior Madelyn Hunt. Junior Olivia Mortenson scored the next six straight for Kimball, as they jumped out 9-2. Junior Ellie Kuechle claimed a steal and layup next, followed by another Hilbert field goal and a Mortenson three ball to make it 16-2, Cubs. The Cubs continued with great defensive pressure, as they pushed their lead to 33-15 by halftime. Sophomore Ava Molitor scored with 13:48 remaining, to push the Kimball lead above 20 points at 38-17. Sophomore Brookelyn Kuechle pushed the lead to 30 points, after connecting on a three-pointer and making it 51-21 with 9 minutes to play. Junior Natalie Loehrer scored the final field goal for Kimball, as the Cubs led wire-to-wire and finished off the Falcons, 58-30. Kimball’s record improved to 10-1 on the season and 4-0 in the CMC.
Madelyn Hunt, 4 pts, 4 steals, 3 assists; Brookelyn Kuechle, 6 pts, 2 steals; Olivia Mortenson, 11 pts, 3 steals, 3 assists; Allie Leither, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Ellie Kuechle, 20 pts, 9 steals, 5 assists; Ava Molitor, 3 pts, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; Morgan Streit, 2 rebounds 1 assist; Emma Schmitz, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Natalie Loehrer, 2 pts, 3 rebounds; Anjellina Schindele, 1 steal; Kristen Hilbert, 12 pts, 8 rebounds, 3 steals.
“We’ve been working on our defensive intensity, our transition offense, shot selection, and offensive rebounding, and I thought we did all of those things better tonight,” explained Coach Jeremy Kuechle.