by Mike Slodki
ELMHURST, Ill.—For the second year in a row, the Kaneland Lady Knights basketball outfit visited the Immaculate Conception Tournament for Thanksgiving week.
Kaneland has to be liking the beginning fortunes of this year’s tournament already.
Facing Wilmette’s Regina Dominican High School on Saturday, KHS used defense and rebounding in a 35-24 win. On Monday, the Lady Knights looked like a team that put the other tourney outfits on notice with a 57-13 win over Plainfield South.
In the opener, Kaneland employed five steals, 25 rebounds and a stingy defense that allowed just three shot attempts in the fourth quarter.
Post-presence Kelly Evers had a game-high 11 points. Ashley Prost added eight points and seven rebounds.
The Lady Knights were 15-for-35 from the field.
Against the Lady Cougars, Ashley Prost paced the group with 12 points to go with eight steals.
Prost and crew executed the pressure defense needed for a smothering victory, indicated by an astounding 30 steals, of which Lauren Zick had nine.
“We’re really proud of ourselves for accomplishing all our goals that we set out to do,” Prost said. “We’ve been pushing ourselves more than we ever had to.”
Three baskets by Prost and a lay-in by Lexee Guerra put KHS on top early, 8-0. Sarah Grams and Ashley Castellanos added hoops for a 12-0 lead after the first quarter horn.
Kaneland increased the lead to 30-5 at halftime and 46-7 after three, instituting the running clock for the fourth quarter.