Knights edged by rival Vikings on court

By on February 26, 2009

The Knights dropped a close affair to rival Geneva on Friday night at KHS by a 39-38 clip.

The Vikings swept the season series, the first loss being at the United Center in Chicago on Dec. 31, 2008.

Kaneland’s record dropped to 13-11 (5-8 Western Sun Conference).

The loss stopped Kaneland’s five-game win streak.

Mike Pritchard scored a game-high 15 points, the first time he found himself at the top of the list this season. Dave Dudzinski had 10. The Knights were 8-for-12 from the foul line.

Kaneland led 9-6 after one quarter, but fell behind the Vikings by a 22-17 margin at the halftime buzzer. While Kaneland closed within 30-26 after three quarters, Geneva won on two free throws by Christian Frederking with 1.5 seconds left. Dudzinski’s free throws with 15.8 ticks left gave Kaneland a one-point lead that failed to hold up.

Sophomore action had Geneva beating the Knights 47-37. Zach Ringhouse had 11 points to lead KHS.

For Kaneland, the final regular season game is Friday, Feb. 27, against the Batavia Bulldogs. Batavia comes into the contest at 17-7.

After the end of the regular season, Kaneland starts prepping for the IHSA Class 3A playoffs.
Wednesday, March 4, has KHS (second seed) face Hampshire (3) at 7:30 p.m. The winner will face Wheaton Academy, Sycamore or Burlington Central in the regional title game in Burlington on Friday, March 6.

Photo: Ryley Bailey tries to avoid the traffic of Sycamore’s defense during the Knights’ victory on Feb. 13. The Knights look to end their regular season on a high note and host Batavia on Friday, Feb. 27. Photo by John DiDonna