Downed in DeKalb
Photo: Senior Kelly Wallner was the high scorer for the Lady Knights with eight points against a strong DeKalb squad. Photo by Mary Paulson
DEKALB—Kaneland girls basketball, despite being 9-11 (2-2 Northern Illinois Big XII), has managed to hang tough in many of its 20 contests thus far.
When they end up of the wrong side of a result, such as Friday night in DeKalb, the Lady Knights know they’ve been on the court with tough teams in their own right.
In the Lady Knights’ lone contest of the week, DeKalb handed KHS a 41-25 loss on the strength of a prolific first half.
The Lady Barbs’, winners of their 13th game of 2013-14, held Kaneland to a rough 10-of-38 evening from the field. Kaneland’s top scorer was frontcourt asset Kelly Wallner with eight points. DeKalb junior Madelyne Johnson supplied a game-high 14 points.
Kaneland was also just 4-of-10 from the foul line on the DeKalb hardwood.
KHS kept it somewhat close and trailed 15-10 after the first eight minutes, before managing just two points in the second quarter and falling in a 29-12 hole. In a slower-tempo third quarter, KHS closed it to 33-18 before the final frame.
“The girls did an excellent job defensively holding DeKalb to 41 points,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “They have a lot of weapons. We have struggled shooting the ball this season and we had a rough night shooting on Friday. The effort is there, we just need to knock down some shots.”
The other teams in the NIB-12 landscape are shaping up to how Colombe saw.
“We felt like the conference would be very strong and it is. DeKalb is the defending champ and is until someone else takes it from them. They feature two girls who are D1 recruits. Sycamore has arguably the top player thus far in conference in Bailey Gilbert, and they play very well as a team,” Colombe said.
The girls deal with Sycamore at home on Friday, Jan. 24, and will try to halt a three-game skid.