Three WSC foes get upper hand on Lady Knights hoops
by Mike Slodki
The Knights fell to 2-8 and 0-3 in Western Sun Conference play with a tough week vs. Glenbard South, DeKalb and host Rochelle.
With the visiting Raiders handing the Lady Knights a 62-40 loss on Dec. 2, Kaneland went only 16-for-51 from the field and 8-for-19 from the free throw line. KHS was led by Kelly Evers’ 13 points. Tesa Alderman and Andie Strang had two steals apiece.
Down 11-2 in the first quarter, the Lady Knights went on an 8-2 run the final 5:19 to trail just 13-10 after the first eight minutes. Glenbard South used four baskets to go up 21-10 with 4:23 to go in the half. Kaneland benefited from two Alderman foul shots and a baseline jumper from Strang to close within 28-20 with 1:21 to go before the Raiders used two buckets, including a steal and layup at the buzzer, to go up 33-20 at halftime.
Glenbard South used the press to its advantage, making offensive opportunities difficult for KHS. A 13-point deficit ballooned to 18 with 1:27 to go. The Raiders went up 51-28 after three and lead by as much as 24.
â€œWe just need to be more disciplined and not panic,â€ Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe said after the loss to the Raiders. â€œThe biggest thing was the turnovers and easy layups. We get a rebound, turn it over, and it ends up two points at the end of the half. You have to go the full length of the court in three seconds, you canâ€™t do it dribbling. Itâ€™s better to hold it than to put it on the ground.â€
Against the Barbs on Friday in a 48-34 loss, Kaneland committed nine first quarter turnovers and fell behind 15-2 after the frame ended. DeKalb led by as much as 26-4 in the second quarter, when the Lady Knights found their footing. Down 29-12 at the half, Kaneland closed within 38-24 before deadlocking the Lady Barbs at 10 points apiece in the fourth. Kaneland was 13-for-35 from the field and 6-for-12 from the charity stripe. Mallory Carlson had six points and 14 boards on the evening. Saturday afternoon saw nine different Lady Knights get into the scoring column with Strang’s 10 leading the way, but it still ended up as a 63-39 setback in Rochelle.
KHS was 13-for-50 from the field and just 50 percent from the free throw line at 12-for-24.
The Lady Hubs were leading 12-6 after the first quarter and increased the chasm to 32-15 at the halfway mark.
Rochelle’s 18-8 run spanning the entire third quarter made it 50-23 before KHS outscored the Lady Hubs 16-13 in the final quarter.
In other girls basketball action throughout the week, the sophomores lost to Rochelle 52-36 on Saturday despite 12 points from Allyson Oâ€™Herron, and lost to DeKalb on Thursday by a 43-37 final score. Kylie Siebert had 15 points and Malory Groen had 12 in the effort.
Photo: Kelly Evers scrambles for the ball during the Dec. 2 62-40 loss to Glenbard South. Evers had 13 points and six rebounds Photo by Ben Draper