Lady Knights nab third place in OE consolation

            The Lady Knights finished their Oswego East Holiday Classic stay on a winning note, but just barely last Tuesday.

            In the battle for third place in the consolation bracket, Kaneland held off a charging Brooks Prep squad 37-35 to close out the gathering and finish 2-1.

Kaneland could be in the midst of stacking some wins and is now 3-8 with an 0-3 Western Sun Conference record as it closes out 2008.

            Kaneland won despite shooting just 12-for-43 from the field and getting outscored 14-5 in the fourth quarter.

            Working in the Lady Knights’ favor was a good night of 12-for-18 from the foul line and 19 steals. The end came when Katie Hatch (team-high 11 points, three rebounds, three steals) hit two free throws with 10 seconds remaining.

            Kaneland and the Eagles were tied at 6-6 after one with KHS leading 17-11 at halftime. The Lady Knights took a 32-21 lead before the tight conclusion.

            Eight Lady Knights entered the scoring column, with Sara Rose and Alyssa Galvan scoring six points apiece.

            In the championship, Driscoll Catholic defeated Oak Park-River Forest 58-47 on Dec. 23.

            The Lady Knights begin 2009 with a home encounter against Yorkville on Saturday, Jan. 3.