For the Observer 



February 16, 2023

The Kimball Longhorns girls basketball team hosted their final home game of the season last Tuesday against the Pine Bluffs Hornets. The Longhorns second half shooting drought led the Hornets to victory with a final score of 46-34.

The team holds a record of 1-18 and is currently 0-3 in district play.

The team is rebuilding stage with the majority of the athletes consisting of underclassman.

The Longhorns graduated all five starting members from last season. The team’s inexperience is the contributing factor to their record this year.

Though, with the season coming to an end, coaches have already seen great improvement in the younger players.

Building a solid foundation and developing the athletes’ abilities are the two main focuses this season.

Currently, the team relies on only two seniors, Emma Patterson and Alyssa Paxton.

Paxton was on athletic suspension for 90 school days following her transfer from Potter-Dix, but she has played in every game following her suspension. Patterson has started in 14 games this season and leads the team in both assists and free throw percentage (86%). Both Paxton and Patterson display strong leadership on the court and are great mentors to the underclassman.

The top performers consist of Grace Anderson (junior) and Addy Olson (freshman). Anderson leads the team in rebounds, recording 50 total rebounds this season, and has the highest field goal percentage, shooting 37%. Olson leads the team in both points (87) and steals (10).

The Kimball Longhorns women’s basketball team has two guaranteed opportunities remaining.

The basketball team hoped to make their push during the postseason and played their first subdistrict game this week on Monday, February 13.


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