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KHS girls lose in final seconds
Last year, Kaneland girls basketball fought to double overtime before losing to DeKalb at KHS.
With the same opponent, same setting and familiar drama, the same result happened.
DeKalb used clutch foul shooting as the seconds wound down on Friday to earn a 34-32 win over the Lady Knights. The loss dropped Kaneland’s record to 4-15 (1-9 Western Sun Conference). A year ago at this time, Kaneland was 7-12 (1-9 WSC).
Emily Heimerdinger led the way with a game-high 12 points, while Sara Rose and Alyssa Galvan had eight points each.
Kaneland was 12-for-30 from the field and 6-for-11 from the free-throw line.
The Lady Knights led 8-6 after one quarter, but fell behind 17-14 going into the locker room at halftime. KHS rallied to take a 25-24 lead after three quarters.
Late in the fourth quarter, DeKalb’s Ali Ford was fouled by Heimerdinger on a trey attempt and hit all three foul shots to go up 32-30. Heimerdinger then hit a shot to tie the score at 32 apiece. DeKalb’s Emily Murphy was then fouled on a shot attempt and made two free throws with seven seconds remaining to go up 34-32. Kaneland’s last gasp was a shot by Heimerdinger that was blocked.
In underclass action, the freshmen Lady Knights outlasted Burlington Central on Friday 40-27. Kaneland went out to a 12-0 lead after one and 22-4 after the first half.
McKinzie Mangers had 11 points and Ariel Geraghty added 10. Sophomore hoops action for the girls featured a 27-16 loss to visiting DeKalb on Thursday.
Kaneland freshmen defeated the Glenbard South faction by a final of 41-39 on Jan. 17, thanks to Kylie Siebertâ€™s 10 points.
Upcoming varsity action has the Lady Knights hosting Rochelle at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 29. Kaneland was scheduled to make up a contest vs. East Aurora on Wednesday.
Photo: Emily Heimerdinger ties the score with 20 seconds left during the Kaneland girls varsity game against DeKalb Friday night. The Lay Knights lost 34-32. Photo by John DiDonna