Lady Knights basketball looked like it was headed for more of the same at Burlington Central, but came out with an extraordinary win.
Using the strength of defense, rebounding and a stingy fourth quarter on Saturday, Kaneland beat the Lady Rockets by a final of 42-38.
The result sat much better than Friday night’s 43-16 loss at Batavia.
KHS also lost vs. visiting Geneva on Tuesday evening by a final of 71-18.
KHS is now 5-14 with an 0-7 record in Western Sun Conference play.
Against BC, Kaneland had 10 points from Nicki Ott and seven points and seven assists from Andie Strang. Strang also had the tough defensive task of guarding Taylor Colby.
Mallory Carlson had five points and 10 boards.
KHS had a 6-3 lead after one quarter and 19-13 going into the halftime break. Burlington Central turned it into overdrive out of the locker room and outscored the Lady Knights 19-6 in the third to lead Kaneland 32-25. Kaneland came back with defense in the final frame and outscored BC 17-6 to get the four-point nod.
On Friday in Batavia, KHS fell victim to cold shooting and missed its first 15 shots en route to a 43-16 loss.
Against Geneva, the Lady Knights went just 4-for-30 from the field and 10-for-18 from the foul line. In the two most recent contests, Kaneland lost to Geneva 139-43.
Saturday also saw the sophomores lose a 34-21 battle to BC. Friday had the sophomores drop a 38-15 decision to Batavia.
Up next for the Lady Knights in varsity play is a road jaunt to Glen Ellyn, Ill. to face Glenbard South for the final time on their home floor as conference rivals. The game is set for Friday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m.
Photo: Kanelandâ€™s Mallory Carlson is quickly enveloped by three Lady Vikings during Tuesdayâ€™s convincing loss to Geneva. Photo by Ben Draper