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By Tom Southard
The Observer 

Sizing Up Kimball At The Break

Longhorn Girls & Boys Ready For Post-Break Basketball


January 9, 2020

Drew Biesecker / For The Observer

Kimball's Brendan Walker is in position to pull down a rebound against visiting Morrill in pre-break action. How far can the healthier Longhorns rebound in the standings the rest of the season? It's time to find out.

A lot of area basketball teams take part in Holiday Tournaments after the Christmas break but Kimball takes a bit more of a break and returned to the hardwoods this past Tuesday with a trip to Big Springs to battle South Platte.

This Saturday, they are at home hosting Chase County, and then on Tuesday, they are at Potter-Dix.

Both the Kimball girls and boys are sitting with 3 wins and 3 losses at the Holiday break, and the schedule certainly is not going to get any easier. Let's take a look at how things have gone so far, at least in the stat department. Ladies first!

The Girls

The Kimball girls have wins over Potter-Dix, Perkins County and Bayard, and have suffered losses to Dundy County, Morrill and Hershey. They have outscored the opponents 254 to 224 while averaging 42.3 points per game.

The Lady Horns are shooting 32% from the field and are 28% on 3 point attempts along with 45% from the foul line. They are doing a good job on the boards despite lack of height averaging 26.7 rebounds a game, along with 12.7 steals, 818 assists, and 20 turnovers per outing.

In individual stats, senior Carli Wurdeman leads the scoring with 65 points and an average of 10.8 points a game. Megan Spicer has 52, Sydney Biesecker 50, Sam Bemis 35, Katie Heeg 21, and Jenna Greenwood 19 in listing those with double figures. Biesecker is top rebounder with 32 followed by Wurdeman with 28, Bemis 27, Greenwood 20, Spicer 15 and Heeg 14. Wurdeman leads in steals with 20, Spicer has 16, Heeg 11 and Bemis 10. Wurdeman has 11 steals and Greenwood 10.

The Boys

The Kimball boys have wins over Potter-Dix, Perkins County and Bayard, same as the girls, and losses to Dundy County, Morrill, and Hershey. They have outscored their opponents 322 to 298 while averaging 53.7 points a game.

The Horns are shooting 34% from the field along with 29% on 3 pointers and 63% at the foul line. On the boards they average 30.8 rebounds, 5.3 blocks, 13.8 steals, 12.5 assists, and 17.5 turnovers.

Good balanced scoring from the starting five led by Sam Cajero with 78 averaging 13 points, Brendan Walker with 73 and 12.2, Beau Hanks 60 and 10, Jacob Withrow 47 and 7.8, and Austin Lulf 45 and 7.5. Cajero has nailed 13 treys and Lulf 10 while Walker and Hanks both have 7. This team can shoot the long ball! Top rebounder is Walker with 56 averaging 9.3 a game. Hanks has 38 and averages 6.3 but Thomas Muldoon, Lulf, Withrow, and Cajero are all double in figures rebounding. Cajero has the most steals with 18, Withrow has charted 16, Walker 13, and Lulf 10. In assists, Withrow is high with 17, Walker has 13, Cajero 15, Lulf 12, and Hanks 11.

A positive for the Kimball boys as they go into the post Holiday break is the return of a couple of key players they were without as Brayden Tyan and Javon Coyle were out recovering from football injuries. This will give Coach Mo Hanks much needed depth and should help the cause.


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