Girls nab win over Joliet, lose to OE and Plainfield C. at tourney
by Mike Slodki
OSWEGOâ€”Kaneland girls basketball got off to a less than desirable start to its first-round matchup, and thus the Oswego East Holiday Classic, but found a win vs. Joliet on Monday before losing to Plainfield Central on Tuesday.
Spotting the host Wolves a 13-2 lead after the first eight minutes, Kaneland closed the dam and played with OE evenly before succumbing 43-31 on Saturday evening.
Overall, the Lady Knights (3-11, 0-5 Western Sun Conference) went 10-for-37 from the field and 10-for-21 from the foul line.
For the Lady Knights, Emily Heimerdinger and Mallory Carlson had eight points apiece to pace the effort, with Heimerdinger adding five steals.
Area standout Jordan Jackson led the host Wolves with 14 points.
Oswego East took what the first quarter had to offer with a 13-2 lead after the first frame. A Nicki Ott basket with 3:47 to go closed within 8-2, but the Lady Knights went 1-for-9 from the field, while OE had its passing game working well.
A Kelly Evers putback and a Strang basket made it 16-9 with 4:31 to go in the half. An Ott bucket with 3:48 to get within 16-11, but OE went on a 6-1 run to close the frame.
The Lady Knights got their bearing in the third and with a Tesa Alderman foul shot, cut it to 24-18 with 5:54 remaining. Oswego East converted on its opportunities in the quarter and extended its lead to 34-22 by the end of the frame.
In the second round matchup, KHS beat the Joliet Steelwomen 56-34 on Monday evening.
Andie Strang (13 points), Nicki Ott (10), Heimerdinger (11) and Carlson (11) supplied double-figure scoring for the Lady Knights.
Kaneland went 23-for-64 from the field and 7-for-20 from the foul line.
The Lady Knights hit three out of four shots and used three free throws to go on a 7-0 run and make it 38-31 with 4:12 to go, but could get no closer.
â€œWeâ€™ll play well, and then switch it off and not play well for four or five minutes,â€ KHS coach Ernie Colombe. â€œOur goal is trying to extend those good periods longer and longer. We need to try and turn a four-minute good stretch into a six-minute good stretch.â€
Kaneland lost its third round matchup by a final of 45-37, having difficulty with shots against PCâ€™s 1-2-2 zone. The Lady Knights were 14-for-58 from the field and 0-for-15 from the three-point arc.
Kelly Evers supplied a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.
After their final game at the Oswego East Holiday Classic, the girls go to Geneva on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010.
Photo: Emma Bradford (32) tries a layup during Monday eveningâ€™s 56-34 handling of Joliet at the Oswego East Holiday Classic. Photo by Ben Draper