by Mike Slodki
Lady Knights basketball had some good times and bad on the court during the regular season’s final homestretch.
Kaneland dealt with a Lady Hubs team from Rochelle that had an outside shooting touch and fell 62-49 on Thursday night. Kaneland did manage a 52-43 win over East Aurora at home on Jan. 28.
The Lady Knights sit at 5-15 with a 1-10 record in the Western Sun Conference.
Alyssa Galvan had 20 points and 11 rebounds against Rochelle, with Brianna Hurst scoring nine and adding six rebounds. Sara Rose had eight points.
“Alyssa had a nice game for us,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Our guards did a nice job of getting her some easy shots.”
For Rochelle, Natalie Meiners had 17 points and Olivia Caron added 13.
Kaneland was 17-for-47 from the field, and 15-for-20 from the foul line.
Down 12-7 to Rochelle, a returning Katie Hatch hit two free throws with 2:09 left to close within 12-9 before the Lady Hubs sunk two baskets and went up 16-9 after one quarter of play.
After a Hatch basket closed within 23-15 with 4:37 remaining in the first half, Rochelle went on a tear with four steals and the perimeter game and went on a 12-4 run to close the half at 35-19.
The third quarter tide turned toward Kaneland as they used stingier defense and a flurry of points from Galvan and Hurst. A 35-21 lead for Rochelle shrunk to 43-40 by the end of the third quarter.
Unfortunately, the Lady Hubs regained their composure and used two baskets sandwiched between two trips to the foul line to go up 57-45 with 4:12 to go and effectively seal the game.
“I thought we did a better job of containing Rochelle in the second half. The first half, you’d see a Rochelle player catch a pass, and we’d be moving on the catch instead of the pass,” Colombe said.
Against the Lady Tomcats, Hatch had a game-high 14 points and Rose added 12 points and four steals.
Down 6-0 to start the contest, Kaneland closed to within 12-8 after one and led 22-20 after the first half. The Lady Knights went up 37-29 after the third quarter and made 9 of 13 foul shots in the fourth to seal the deal. East Aurora coach William Anderson was tagged with two technical fouls in the frame to send Hurst to the line for four free throws.
In lower class action, the sophomores were defeated by Rochelle on Thursday 40-12, but beat East Aurora the previous night by a final of 28-7.
The Lady Knights also received their IHSA Class 3A Regional assignment this past week. In their own regional, Kaneland, the number-four seed, will battle Illinois Math & Science Academy on Monday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m.
The winner will face number-one seed Hampshire on Tuesday, Feb. 17, at 6 p.m. (2) Sycamore faces (3) Burlington Central in the Tuesday nightcap.
The regional title game is on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., with the winner going on to the Marengo Sectional.