Lady Knights hang tough but lose to Barbs

By on January 28, 2010

by Mike Slodki
DEKALB—Kaneland girls basketball not only had to deal with the host DeKalb Lady Barbs and a vocal crowd, but also with the loss of guard Andie Strang before Friday’s contest.

Strang could be out for an undetermined length of time due to a stress fracture, according to Colombe.

That said, they hung in there and kept it competitive until the end in a 41-32 loss to DHS.

Kaneland dropped to 5-16 (0-10 Western Sun Conference). DeKalb improved to 15-7.

Emily Heimerdinger led the Lady Knights with 9 points. Kaneland was 14-for-28 from the field (50 percent).

“We did a much better job playing defense,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “I saw improvement across the board.”

“We’ve been struggling offensively and we need to see how we’re going to step up.”

After taking a brief 2-0 lead 23 seconds into the game thanks to Heimerdinger, the Lady Barbs poured it on and got three straight jumpers from Taylor White, including two three-pointers to make it 9-3 with 2:46 to go. Another trey by DeKalb with five seconds left made it 14-5 after one quarter.

Kaneland didn’t let the game get out of hand in the second frame and even cut it to 23-18 with :34 seconds left in the half thanks to Trinae Coachman’s putback and a Mallory Carlson shot. DeKalb came back with a three with 16 seconds remaining to make it 26-18 at halftime.

Kaneland held DeKalb to two field goals in the third quarter. Kelly Evers nailed a basket with 1:33 to go to cut it to 32-24.

The closest Kaneland came to slimming the margin in the fourth quarter was 39-30 with 2:12 remaining on a Carlson bucket.

The Lady Knights try to right the ship against Rochelle at KHS on Friday, Jan. 29.