by Mike Slodki
DEKALBâ€”Kaneland girls basketball not only had to deal with the host DeKalb Lady Barbs and a vocal crowd, but also with the loss of guard Andie Strang before Friday’s contest.
Strang could be out for an undetermined length of time due to a stress fracture, according to Colombe.
That said, they hung in there and kept it competitive until the end in a 41-32 loss to DHS.
Kaneland dropped to 5-16 (0-10 Western Sun Conference). DeKalb improved to 15-7.
Emily Heimerdinger led the Lady Knights with 9 points. Kaneland was 14-for-28 from the field (50 percent).
“We did a much better job playing defense,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “I saw improvement across the board.â€
“We’ve been struggling offensively and we need to see how we’re going to step up.â€
After taking a brief 2-0 lead 23 seconds into the game thanks to Heimerdinger, the Lady Barbs poured it on and got three straight jumpers from Taylor White, including two three-pointers to make it 9-3 with 2:46 to go. Another trey by DeKalb with five seconds left made it 14-5 after one quarter.
Kaneland didn’t let the game get out of hand in the second frame and even cut it to 23-18 with :34 seconds left in the half thanks to Trinae Coachman’s putback and a Mallory Carlson shot. DeKalb came back with a three with 16 seconds remaining to make it 26-18 at halftime.
Kaneland held DeKalb to two field goals in the third quarter. Kelly Evers nailed a basket with 1:33 to go to cut it to 32-24.
The closest Kaneland came to slimming the margin in the fourth quarter was 39-30 with 2:12 remaining on a Carlson bucket.
The Lady Knights try to right the ship against Rochelle at KHS on Friday, Jan. 29.