by Mike Slodki
AURORAâ€”A fast start for one team usually means doom for another.
In that case, it was the Kaneland girls hoops team that was the victim on Tuesday evening.
The Lady Knights fell behind 21-4 after the first eight minutes en route to a 50-32 setback to host Rosary.
Kaneland, winless in season openers since 2005, fell to 0-1.
For KHS, Nicki Ott led the team with eight points, followed by Tesa Alderman with seven.
The Lady Knights were 15-for-45 from the field and 2-for-9 from the foul line. Rosaryâ€™s Jordan Rettig had a game-high 11 points.
â€œWe had a chance to add them to our schedule,â€ KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. â€œIf you play a good team like that, itâ€™ll make you better.â€
Despite an Ott basket with 5:47 to go in the first to make it 8-4, Rosary went on a 13-0 run to close the quarter.
McKinzie Mangersâ€™ bucket with 34.6 ticks left in the half put the Lady Knights in double figures at 28-11.
Alderman and Mangers came up with three consecutive steals in the fourth for a nice flurry, and Kaneland closed the deficit to 18 by the gameâ€™s end.
â€œI thought we were really tentative in the first half and came out a little nervous. I was happy in terms of the way we battled,â€ Colombe said.
The sophomores lost to the Royals by a final of 30-25.
The varsity troops try and best host East Aurora on Thursday, Nov. 19.
Photo: Lady Knight Trinae Coachman goes up for a bucket during the first quarter of Kanelandâ€™s 50-32 loss at Rosary. Coachman pulled down five boards in the loss. Photo by Ben Draper