Girls hoops conclude harried June, find rhythm
KANELAND—While most everyone this month had to dodge damaging winds and difficult amounts of rainfall, the Lady Knights dodged opposing defenders and difficult opposition as the summer league action came to a close this week.
With the planned Kaneland participation in the Ottawa Shootout on Monday cancelled due to the onslaught of a harsh weather system, the KHS June campaign for coach Ernie Colombe and the crew instead finished up their busy June with an above-average record of 22-10. The conclusion of summer also included a trip to the Naperville, Ill., Neuqua Valley Shootout on June 25.
“We feel like we have a much better idea of what we need each player to work on individually before we get started next year, and also what we need to tweak in terms of the playbook,” Colombe said. “The summer has shown us that this team has a lot of potential.”
With returnees from all the levels making their way to the girls side in a busy month that saw trips to Morris and Ottawa as part of the Illinois Valley League, the rotation of sharpshooters were able to win 17 of its final 26 contests.
With talent like Camri Conley taking over the point guard position after splitting the duties a year ago, the roster was able to get used to playing with each other despite some injuries.
“Overall we were very happy with our play this summer,” Colombe said. “We were missing some key pieces throughout the summer. Vanessa Gould was out with a stress fracture in her foot, and Kristin Siebert was out with a bad back. Both players should be key parts to our team next winter.”
Colombe said he feels good about the month’s turn of events and what it could mean the ensuing winter.
“Based on the summer, we feel like we will have a mix of players in terms of class and will have one of our best offensive teams. We have a lot of work to do on the defensive end but we are confident we will be much better once we begin practicing on a daily basis,” Colombe said. “We should be a fun team to watch next year if everyone is healthy.”
In other hoops action, Kaneland’s boys squad lost four of five games at the Glenbard East Shootout this past Friday, including a loss to Sycamore. On June 24, Kaneland boys lost two of three at the Waubonsie Valley shootout.