BAYARD — The Kimball girls and boys basketball teams registered a pair of solid road wins over Bayard on Saturday at Bayard High School.
After beating Hershey on Friday, the Longhorn girls ran past Bayard 67-28 to improve their season record to 6-0. The Kimball boys were able to even their record at 3-3 with a 54-41 victory over the Tigers.
In the girls’ contest, a fast start was all Kimball needed to take control. The Longhorns outscored the Tigers 18-3 in the first quarter and never looked back. Kimball increased its advantage to 37-10 at halftime.
“We had a really good first half and overcame a shooting slump,” Kimball girls head coach Chauncey Pederson said. “I was afraid when we let up a little bit in the third quarter, but overall it was a good win.”
Danika Daum led the team with a game-high 25 points. She converted seven of her nine free throws. Kate Reader added 13 points for the Longhorns. Also for Kimball, Arica McCloud finished with eight points with two 3-pointers, while Madison Biesecker had six with one 3-pointer.
The quick tempo the Longhorns used proved beneficial against the Tigers. Pederson liked how his squad executed and controlled the pace of play.
“We ran the ball well and our transition game was on point,” he said. “Going forward we are just going to focus on putting together a complete game, while having no letdowns. We will continue to work harder and try to improve.”
For the Tigers, Kaylie Fiscus led the team in scoring with eight points. Jessi Smith followed with six points, while Miah Vera and Kylie Stuart both posted four.
The boys’ game proved much tighter, but Kimball held Bayard to single-digit scoring in three of the four quarters to pick up the win.
“The game went well and I think the kids are getting better,” Kimball head coach Luke Dea said. “Our defense was really good. And while we didn’t shoot the ball as well as we have, we were able to grind it out.”
Kimball’s Jordan Greenwood led all scorers with 21 points. Ryan Soper followed with 13 and Jaden Withrow had seven. Tyler Magnine hit a pair of 3-pointers, while Brandon Barker added one as well.
The win gave the Longhorns plenty of good feelings heading into the holiday break.
“We don’t play a holiday tournament and we are heading into two weeks without practice,” Dea said. “Last year we lost that game before the break, and it was a long couple of weeks. Now we have a positive attitude going into the lull and we will be ready to go in January.”
Bryce Burry led Bayard in scoring with 11 points. Ethan Marker and Jacob Heft finished with 10 points each.
Bayard, which fell to 0-6, also won’t be back in action until after the first of the year.
Kimball (3-3) .......................... 11 12 14 17 — 54
Bayard (0-6) ........................... 9 9 7 16 — 41
KIMBALL: Jordan Greenwood 21, Brandon Barker 5, Trent Rutledge 2, Jaden Withraw 7, Tyler Magnine 6, Creg Barker 13
BAYARD: Bryce Burry 11, Chandler Cox 5, Jacob Hoff 10, Payton Oliverius 3 Ethan Marker 10
Kimball (6-0) ........................... 18 19 15 15 — 67
Bayard (2-5) ............................ 3 7 13 5 — 28
KIMBALL: Madison Biesecker 6, Ariea McCloud 8, Kailey Dickerson 6, Mariah Tyan 7, Danika Daum 25, Kate Reader 13
BAYARD: Miah Vera 4, Kylie Styart 4, Jessi Smith 6, Kaylie Fiscus 8, Liz Marker 4, Lauren Petersen 2