by Mike Slodki
With the regular season down to its final contests, the Kaneland High School girls basketball roster is seeing more things come its way, like wins.
Despite a close 52-48 loss at Marengo on Tuesday, the Lady Knights defeated Sycamore at home on Saturday night by a 50-45 margin and also took out Yorkville on Friday in a 58-44 road win.
The Lady Knights have gone 3-2 in their last five contests and sit at 7-17 with a 3-10 record in Western Sun Conference play.
Against the Indians, Sara Rose led the Lady Knights with 11 points and four steals.
Kaneland led 12-9 after the first quarter and maintained a 22-21 lead at halftime. KHS increased its lead to 39-33 after three quarters before Marengo pulled out the win in the fourth.
Against Sycamore, Katie Hatch had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds, as the Lady Knights went 20-for-31 from the foul liine.
Sycamore led the game 11-9 after one frame and 26-18 at halftime before running wild over the Spartans in the third to tie the score at 33. Kaneland outscored Sycamore 17-12 to clinch it in the fourth.
Kaneland used the foul line to key its win over the Foxes as it went 20-for-30 from the foul line. Alyssa Galvan led KHS with 13 points and Brianna Hurst had 10.
The Lady Knights used baskets by Megan Nauert, Hurst and Emily Heimerdinger to go up 14-10 in the first and led 14-12 at the buzzer.
Up 18-14 in the second, the Lady Knights used shots by Andie Strang and Mallory Huml, along with two foul shots from Rose to go up 24-14 with 2:19 to go in the half. Kaneland led 28-21 at the halftime horn.
A third-quarter Yorkville run closed it to 36-31 before KHS scored the final bucked of the quarter thanks to a Galvan basket.
Hurst hit two shots to increase the lead to 42-33 with 6:53 left. Hatch’s three-point play effectively put the game out of reach at 47-35 with 4:02 to go. The win satisfied KHS coach Ernie Colombe, despite 20 turnovers.
“I thought we did a lot of things well, but that was disappointing in a sense that we just worked on that in practice. Yorkville fought hard after they lost (Alyssa) Harbin, who’s arguably their best player (due to second-quarter injury). But we had pretty good effort and hit a lot of free throws,” Colombe said.
“It was good to get a win even if it wasn’t out best game,” Galvan said. “But we’re looking forward to (Saturday’s win) and this game was important.”
Kaneland’s passing led to a good start, one that keyed the rest of the game, according to Galvan.
“When they’re playing zone we know we can’t make one pass and a shot, so passing the ball around gets the defense tired and that was one of our goals,” Galvan said.
The Lady Knights visit Sycamore on Friday, Feb. 13 to finish the regular season.