Lady Knights endure weekend conference loss

By on February 2, 2014

KANELAND—It hasn’t been an easy stretch for KHS girls hoops.

Kaneland girls basketball has had just one opportunity to play a game in Maple Park since Dec. 10, and had lost three in a row coming into Saturday afternoon’s contest in Ogle County against the host Lady Hubs of Rochelle.

Getting revenge for the six-point KHS win on Dec. 10, Rochelle was able to quiet the Lady Knights in a 65-55 affair, Kaneland’s first game in eight days.

“We have had players sick or missing with a school activity conflict at least once per week,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. We sent four players home from the Dixon Tourney with the flu. Throw in the weather and it has been tough to find a consistent rotation. We have had a lot less practice time due to the weather. It impacts conditioning and also impacts skill development.

“The good news is the players are working real hard to get better and are a fun group to be around each day.”

Kaneland is now 9-12, losers of four in a row, and 2-3 in the Northern Illinois Big XII landscape with eight regular season games left on the slate.

The Lady Knights were 20-of-55 from the field on the contest, and 5-of-10 from the free throw line. Amber Winquist-Bailey led the Lady Knights with 16, followed by Ally Van Bogaert’s 15 and Kelly Wallner’s 10. The perimeter game picked up with three three-pointers each from Winquist-Bailey and Van Bogaert.

Rochelle got out to an 11-8 lead after the first frame and was up 25-22 at the halftime break before extending the margin to 46-38 at the end of the third. The Lady Knights were outscored 19-17 in the fourth.

Kaneland’s Friday contest against visiting Sycamore was postponed to Friday, Feb. 14. On Friday, Jan. 31, the Lady Knights travel to Yorkville for conference play and the first meeting of the 2013-14 season between the two rosters.