by Mike Slodki
If only the Lady Knights could capture how prolific guard Andie Strang was in the first quarter of Friday’s contest at Glenbard South, and duplicate it for everyone game-long.
The junior connected on her first four shots and scored the first nine points for KHS in a tight first quarter, but the GS offense and rebounding took hold of the game and it resulted in a 61-32 setback for Kaneland.
KHS also suffered a 46-22 loss to visiting Batavia on Tuesday night.
The Lady Knights are now 5-15 with an 0-8 record in Western Sun Conference play.
Strang led the way with 12 points followed by Mallory Carlson with seven. KHS was 8-for-15 from the foul line and 10-for-31 from the field.
The clash started out well enough as Strang was responsible for the first nine points, including a three-pointer to go up 9-7 with 2:34 to go. After the Raiders went up 11-9, two Kelly Evers free throws with 1:35 to go tied the score at 11. A Nicki Ott foul shot with 42 seconds to go closed within 14-12 before GS used two foul shots and an offensive putback to lead 18-12 after one.
Glenbard South then outscored the Lady Knights 21-12 in the second quarter to take a 39-24 lead. The third quarter’s tempo was slowed down, but still the Raiders went out to a 47-29 lead after three.
Kaneland’s night was hurt by putting up just eight points in the second half.
â€œWeâ€™re a young team and weâ€™re kind of struggling, Iâ€™m sure (GS) made adjustments,â€ said KHS coach Ernie Colombe. â€œWe did a decent job on defense until the shot went up, and then you get second, third and fourth chance shots and people are scrambling. Thatâ€™s were we broke down.â€
Against the Lady Bulldogs, Kaneland went out to a 9-6 lead before falling victim to a 21-3 second quarter. The Lady Knights trailed 41-17 after three. Carlson led the Kaneland lineup with six points.
KHS sees more WSC action its way with a Friday, Jan. 22 game vs. DeKalb.
Mckinzie Mangers file photo