Kaneland begins Ottawa journey
3-game skid ends with win over Sandwich
by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Kaneland Lady Knights basketball endured a three-game skid last week, but still has enough of a pedigree to be a highly looked at team from the area.
KHS began the current season winning its first seven.
Then came last week’s losses to DeKalb and Antioch, and the Lady Knights had to endure another loss to Geneseo High School on Saturday as part of the Ottawa Tournament.
However, the ship was righted with a better result against Sandwich later that day.
The Lady Knights sit at 8-4 (2-2 Northern Illinois Big XII).
“We played solid defensively in all three losses, we played against three tough teams,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “We had a chance in all three games; it came down to missing some shots at key moments in the game.”
Kaneland slogged through a 37-33 loss in pool play down in Ottawa to NIB-12 crossover foe Geneseo.
Geneseo led matters 11-6 after one, but KHS tied the score at 15 going into the break. The Maple Leafs were up 25-20 after three before the Lady Knights outscored Geneseo 13-12 to no avail.
Kaneland was 11-for-36 from the field and committed 14 turnovers on the game.
Ashley Prost had a team-high 12 points, while Aly O’Herron had 11 points supplied in part by three three-pointers. Teammate Brooke Harner had five steals on the defensive end in a losing effort.
More up the KHS alley was the 60-30 win over the Interstate Eight Conference stalwart Sandwich program.
Kaneland was 23-for-41 from the field and led by Prost’s 16 points, with 11 Lady Knights seeing the scoring column.
Kaneland’s Sarah Grams added five assists in the win. Reserve Marina Schaefer had eight points and five boards, as well.
Tuesday saw Kaneland drop its second game in a week to DeKalb in a 38-22 loss at home.
The DeKalb “D” was too much for the Lady Knights, as they saw a 10-7 first-quarter deficit extend to 19-7 at halftime. KHS was unable to come back in the second half.
Prost led Kaneland with 8 points and 4 rebounds.
The Ottawa gathering resumes on Friday, Dec. 21, with Kaneland set to square off against Joliet Catholic, LaSalle-Peru or Morris at 3 p.m.
KHS had previously called Oswego East High School its holiday tournament home since the 2006-07 season before hitting Ottawa this season.