Hard Luck Lady Knights
Skid hits five after road loss to rival Yorkville
YORKVILLE—With as hard as the Lady Knights basketball team plays game in and game out, the bad luck could end soon.
The shame is that the bad luck keeps going at a critical juncture.
Falling in a 12-2 hole early and dealing with an up-tempo game patrolled by hosts like Corrine Rowe and Lindsay Schlichting, the Lady Knights were forced to play catch-up in a 53-34 loss to host Yorkville on a flurry-filled Friday evening.
The lone game of the week brought the Lady Knights mark down to 9-13 (2-4 Northern Illinois Big XII). A scheduled Saturday afternoon matchup with Illinois Math and Science Academy in Maple Park was cancelled due to poor driving conditions.
The five-game losing streak means the last win for KHS came back on Jan. 9 against Morris.
Leading the way for the Lady Knights was post presence Kelly Wallner with 10 points and 13 rebounds for a double-double. KHS was just 12-for-45 from the field in the Kendall County setting, with a 9-for-21 night from the foul line.
“Their guards did a good job; I thought their whole team did a good job of spacing us out,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “They were hitting shots, and we were scrambling.”
Rowe had a game-high 17, while Schlichting had 13 for the Lady Foxes.
Down 10 early, the Lady Knights closed to 12-10 by the end of the first frame.
Bailey Crimmins cut the lead to 14-12 with 6:34 left in the half, and other baskets were supplied by Ally Van Bogaert and Morgan Weber. Rowe and Schichting added three key baskets, with Yorkville making six shot attempts in a row enroute to a 26-17 lead at halftime.
Wallner was responsible for all three KHS field goals in the third quarter, but Yorkville increased its lead to 43-26 by the end of third quarter play. Yorkville increased its edge to 23 points at 53-30 with 1:15 to go before a Kaneland mini-run.
“The attitude’s good; the kids are working hard. But (Yorkville) controlled the tempo, and that’s what seniors do,” Colombe said.
On Thursday, Feb. 6, Kaneland continues on the NIB-12 circuit in Grundy County at Morris.
[st_box title="Looking back..." type="info"]Looking at the Lady Knights’ five-game loss streak, the longest skid of the 2012-13 season was three: Jan. 18, 19 and 26 of 2013 at Sycamore, vs. LaSalle-Peru and vs. Sterling, respectively.[/st_box]