KHS stifles Sandwich in first-round action

By on February 14, 2013

Photo: Emma Bradford keeps the ball away from Sandwich defenders during Kaneland’s 50-14 Regional win at Burlington on Tuesday. Photo by John DiDonna

O’Herron outscores Indians by lonesome in 50-14 result
by Mike Slodki
BURLINGTON—You wouldn’t know the Kaneland Lady Knights had a week-long layoff by Tuesday night’s regional performance.

It turns out Sandwich High School didn’t know what hit it after Tuesday night.

After a regular season finale at Rochelle was cancelled last Thursday, Kaneland went to work in a No. 3 vs. No. 6 Class 3A Burlington Central Regional first-round game and allowed a season-low in points for a 50-14 win.

Kaneland improved to 16-10 and has won four in a row after a three-game skid. Sandwich ended 2012-13 play at 4-23.

Aly O’Herron outscored the Lady Indians by herself with 20 points on six three-pointers.

“Anytime I can get into the zone, I’ll get some open looks,” O’Herron said. “When I feel it, I feel it. Any shooter will say that.”

The defensive output marks the lowest point total allowed since a 52-19 win over Illinois Math and Science Academy back on Feb. 2.

O’Herron’s trifecta, Kelly Wallner’s basket, Sarah Grams’ trey and Caroline Heimerdinger’s (eight points) three made it 11-2 with 3:01 to go to in the first quarter, closing the frame’s scoring.

Kaneland outscored Sandwich 11-2 in the second quarter, as well, with an O’Herron bomb and two Emma Bradford foul shots setting the eventual halftime score at 22-4 with 1:36 remaining.

With Sandwich struggling to finish possessions thanks to three KHS steals, the Lady Knights converted those gifts into a pair of free throws and a three-pointer by Heimerdinger and a shot by Ashley Prost to make it 36-8 with 1:21 left in the third quarter to close the frame’s scoring.

O’Herron’s two threes and an offensive putback by Heimerdinger with 4:10 to go made it 44-10, allowing the second-string rotation to get floor time.

“The defense was solid, and it has been pretty solid,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Our conference is strong in girls hoops and people forget that sometimes. We’ve played pretty solid defensively all year.”

Kaneland was scheduled to face two-seed Plano on Wednesday in the regional semifinal, with results unavailable before press time.

The winner of Plano/Kaneland was set to face No. 1 Burlington Central or No. 5 Hampshire on Friday, Feb. 15, in Burlington.

Brooke Harner (22) leads the defensive wall with help from Ally VanBogaert (34) in the third quarter against Sandwich on Tuesday, February 12 at Burlington. Photo by John DiDonna

Brooke Harner (22) leads the defensive wall with help from Ally VanBogaert (34) in the third quarter against Sandwich on Tuesday, February 12 at Burlington.
Photo by John DiDonna

Emma Bradford keeps the ball away from Sandwich defenders during Kaneland's 50-14 Regional win at Burlington on Tuesday.     Photo by John DiDonna

Emma Bradford keeps the ball away from Sandwich defenders during Kaneland’s 50-14 Regional win at Burlington on Tuesday. Photo by John DiDonna

Kaneland's Sarah Grams knocks the ball loose in the second quarter at the Burlington regional on Tuesday, February 12. Kaneland led the whole game, winning 50-14. Photo by John DiDonna

Kaneland’s Sarah Grams knocks the ball loose in the second quarter at the Burlington regional on Tuesday, February 12. Kaneland led the whole game, winning 50-14.
Photo by John DiDonna

Ashley Prost goes up for two points in the third quarter of Kaneland's Regional victory over Sandwich on Tuesday, February 12. Photo by John DiDonna

Ashley Prost goes up for two points in the third quarter of Kaneland’s Regional victory over Sandwich on Tuesday, February 12.
Photo by John DiDonna

Brooke Harner (left) and Ashley Prost grapple for the ball against Sandwich during their regional game at Burlington on Tuesday, February 12. Kaneland won the contest easily with a 50-14 romp. Photo by John DiDonna

Brooke Harner (left) and Ashley Prost grapple for the ball against Sandwich during their regional game at Burlington on Tuesday, February 12. Kaneland won the contest easily with a 50-14 romp.
Photo by John DiDonna

Caroline Heimerdinger goes up for a shot in thefirst quarter of Kaneland's 50-14 regional win against Sandwich on Tuesday, February 12. Photo by John DiDonna

Caroline Heimerdinger goes up for a shot in thefirst quarter of Kaneland’s 50-14 regional win against Sandwich on Tuesday, February 12.
Photo by John DiDonna

About Mike Slodki

Mike Slodki is a sports reporter for the Elburn Herald. You can reach him at MSlodki@elburnherald.com.

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