Clean sweep of IC tourney brings 4-0 start
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—It might be too early to see if the season-opening Immaculate Conception tournament in Elmhurst, Ill., is an accurate indicator of things to come for Kaneland girls basketball.
The Lady Knights will take it just the same.
With wins over Lisle on Nov. 21, and Immaculate Conception on Friday, the Lady Knights went 4-0 at the gathering and took their second consecutive tourney plaque.
Over the Interstate Eight Conference mainstay Lady Lions, Kaneland’s 34-23 victory was paced by Ashley Prost’s 10 points, while Aly O’Herrons’ four steals and Brooke Harner’s three steals keyed the defensive effort that included 14 steals in total.
Kaneland led through the first eight minutes by a tally of 6-3 before maintaining a 14-12 edge going into the break.
KHS was able to pull away and lead 25-19 after three before outscoring Lisle by five in the final frame.
In the tourney championship, Kaneland relied on “D” once again in a 33-27 victory. Emma Bradford’s 11 was tops for the Lady Knights. Up 18-8 at the halftime buzzer, the Lady Knights withstood a 14-4 charge in the third quarter that tied the game, before outscoring IC 11-5.
KHS coach Ernie Colombe feels his rotations did the job in Elmhurst.
“Our bench did a great job at the IC tournament,” Colombe said. “We have noticed early on that both our starters and bench have taken pride in trying to lock down our opponents defensively. We also feel like we have some players currently coming off the bench who have the potential to put up some numbers on the offensive end.”
Recent sophomore action had Kaneland trounce Marengo 39-10 on Nov. 21 at Kaneland’s Thanksgiving tournament to finish 2-1. Shay Goldwaite and Bailey Crimmins had 11 points each.
The varsity crew enters Grundy County to face Morris on Friday, Nov. 30.