No rest for Lady Knights hoops
Colombeâ€™s crew uses summer to its advantage
by Mike Slodki
KANELANDâ€”With a tough exit for the Lady Knights basketball squad nearly five months ago, Kaneland isnâ€™t worrying about what might have been.
Instead, through Summer League girls basketball action at the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, KHS is active at improving its fortunes for the future.
On Tuesday, Kaneland beat Plainfield East by a final of 34-28, which improved its record to 8-1 on the summer season.
Kaneland has both varsity and JV play during the summer, with most games scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The nine-team league also features West Aurora, Plano, Sandwich, Aurora Christian, Hinckley-Big Rock, Oswego East and Rosary, along with Plainfield East.
KHS coach Ernie Colombe continues to work, and is pleased with the Lady Knightsâ€™ summer output.
â€œEmily Heimerdiner and Andie Strang led a balanced attack,â€ Colombe said. â€œWe have been getting key contributions from several players.â€
Colombe singled out Heimerdinger, Strang, Tesa Alderman and Nicki Ott as players leading the way offensively, and returnees Kris Bowen and Katie Taylor as sparkplugs defensively.
â€œKelly Evers has really improved and has been progressing throughout the summer. She is leading our team in blocked shots and rebounding. Emma Bradford has also stepped up her game on both ends of the floor and is finishing well for us,â€ Colombe said.
Kaneland lost only one senior to graduation after 2009-10, that being Mallory Carlson.
The Lady Knights face Hinckley-Big Rock at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 1, for their next challenge.