Category Archives: Girls Basketball

Lady Knights split pair of WSC contests

by Mike Slodki

With the Western Sun Conference schedule in full swing, KHS girls basketball was hoping that both conference contests could swing its way. Kaneland will have to be happy with a split.

The Lady Knights took care of visiting Yorkville on Saturday evening by a final of 37-26 for their first WSC win. Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Lady Knights were vanquished by visiting Geneva 65-26. KHS now sits at 4-9 (1-4 WSC).

Despite senior Katie Hatch going down with a leg injury in the first quarter against the Lady Foxes, KHS held firm and rebounded from a 7-6 first quarter deficit to take a 20-15 lead at the half. Kaneland led 25-19 after three.

Andie Strang had eight points. Kaneland was 13-for-47 from the field.

Against Geneva, Mallory Huml had a team-high five.

Five steals by Geneva keyed a bad start for KHS and they fell behind 14-0 just 4:14 into the contest, before Alyssa Galvan put back a miss for the Lady Knights’ first points. A Huml three-pointer with 18.8 seconds to go closed the deficit to 20-7 to end the first frame.

KHS, who takes on Batavia on Friday, Jan. 9, made a mini-run in the second to cut it to 28-15 before Lauren Wicinski found her way to the basket twice to lead 32-15 at halftime. Geneva then went on an 13-0 run to seal it.

“They’re a good team and they showed why they’re undefeated,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said about Geneva.

01/09/2009

Lady Knights nab third place in OE consolation

            The Lady Knights finished their Oswego East Holiday Classic stay on a winning note, but just barely last Tuesday.

            In the battle for third place in the consolation bracket, Kaneland held off a charging Brooks Prep squad 37-35 to close out the gathering and finish 2-1.

Kaneland could be in the midst of stacking some wins and is now 3-8 with an 0-3 Western Sun Conference record as it closes out 2008.

            Kaneland won despite shooting just 12-for-43 from the field and getting outscored 14-5 in the fourth quarter.

            Working in the Lady Knights’ favor was a good night of 12-for-18 from the foul line and 19 steals. The end came when Katie Hatch (team-high 11 points, three rebounds, three steals) hit two free throws with 10 seconds remaining.

            Kaneland and the Eagles were tied at 6-6 after one with KHS leading 17-11 at halftime. The Lady Knights took a 32-21 lead before the tight conclusion.

            Eight Lady Knights entered the scoring column, with Sara Rose and Alyssa Galvan scoring six points apiece.

            In the championship, Driscoll Catholic defeated Oak Park-River Forest 58-47 on Dec. 23.

            The Lady Knights begin 2009 with a home encounter against Yorkville on Saturday, Jan. 3.

Girls split first two contests at Oswego East Holiday Classic

by Mike Slodki

            Once they made it through the snow, Kaneland girls basketball down to business at the fourth annual Oswego East Holiday Classic.

            After forgoing the first scheduled meeting on Wednesday against Oak Park-River Forest to pay respects to their fallen classmates, the Lady Knights went in the consolation bracket on Saturday afternoon and took it to Plainfield East 60-14. Kaneland fell just short on Monday afternoon by a final of 40-38 against Plainfield North.

            Kaneland’s mark is now 2-8 with an 0-3 record in Western Sun Conference play.

            Ten different Kaneland players found the scoring column led by Brianna Hurst with 10. Kelly Evers and Andie Strang had eight each. Playing their first game since Dec. 8, the Lady Knights started the game against the first-year varsity Bengals right when Sara Rose corralled the opening tip and laid it in just seven second into the game.

            “Yeah, that kind of got us going at first tip,” Hurst said. “We felt we had a pretty good first half and everybody getting in the game will help us when we play some tougher teams in the second half.”

            Three steals, coupled with converting on their shots, allowed Kaneland to storm out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter with 2:36 to go.The Lady Knights led 24-6 after one.

            Plainfield East just had one point in the second quarter, a free throw with 35.7 second left. Megan Nauert’s shot with 43.2 seconds in the half gave KHS its biggest lead of the game at 37-7.

            The Bengals’ shot to close the score to 46-9 with 2:17 left in the third was their first field goal in 18 minutes of play. Strang later hit another trey, and Evers’ offensive putback with 49.2 left gave KHS its biggest lead at 60-12.

            “We came out pretty fast and pushed the ball. It was nice to get some confidence today after two one-point losses in conference,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

            For the KHS team, it was also nice to just come out to the court.

            “It’s important for the girls to get back to a routine. It’s been a tough week for the whole community and we talked about how we could pay respects to Blake and Jeff and thats to compete hard every night,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe.

            Against Plainfield North, Kaneland went just 15-for-48 from the field, although inside presence Alyssa Galvan had 17 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Kaneland led 9-7 after one quarter and 18-17 at the half. Going into the final eight minutes up 35-33, Kaneland stopped producing and went just 1-for-8 from the field and 1-for-6 from the foul line (7-for-18 for the game).

            The Lady Knights were scheduled to conclude the Oswego East gathering on Tuesday before next suiting up against Yorkville on Satruday, Jan. 3, 2009.

Lady Knights point-shy in two losses

            Lady Knights girls basketball can taste the wins just out of its reach, but lately the end of games have been sour.

            On Friday, the Lady Knights lost to host DeKalb 37-36 and on Monday, KHS lost to host Rochelle 42-41. Both games saw leads in the fourth quarter expire.

            The Lady Knights now sit at 1-7 on the season with an 0-3 record in the Western Sun Conference.

            Vs. the Barbs the Lady Knights went just 15-for-37 and 5-for-9 from the foul line.

            Brianna Hurst led the Lady Knights with 10 points and Katie Hatch added eight.

            Kaneland and DeKalb were tied at 12 after one and went into the locker room deadlocked at 20. After the third quarter in which the Lady Knights and Barbs were still tied at 28, DeKalb pulled out the win in the fourth.

            Hatch had a solid game at the home of the Hubs with 10 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

            Chassidy Mangers had eight points and four rebounds.

            The Lady Knights enjoyed an early 14-8 lead at the end of one quarter, and still had a 23-17 lead going into the locker room. Rochelle closed to within 32-30 after three, before the Hubs’ 12-9 run encompassing the fourth quarter sealed the deal.

            Lower class action during the week had the freshmen lose to Glenbard South on Saturday. Kylie Siebert had 11 points.

            The sophomores lost to Rochelle on Monday by a 37-20 final.

            The next challenge for the girls is not until Wednesday, Dec. 17 when Kaneland plays at the Oswego East Tournament. The Lady Knights are set to play Oak Park-River Forest at 6:30 p.m.

Girls basketball drop one to GS; earn first win over St. Francis

Raiders hand girls loss in WSC opener

by Mike Slodki

            While it initially looked like Kaneland girls basketball had Glenbard South’s number on Tuesday night, it was the Raiders who deep-sixed the Lady Knights.

            A hot first quarter couldn’t carry over to the last three, and Kaneland lost its first Western Sun Conference affair by a 50-37 clip.

            In the final of last week’s Burlington Central’s tournament on Tuesday, Nov. 25, Kaneland got revenge on St. Francis 62-37. St. Francis solved Kaneland a year ago in the same setting.

            The Lady Knights are now 1-5 to begin the year and 0-1 in the conference.

            Chassidy Mangers had a team-high 11 points for the Lady Knights on Tuesday, and Alyssa Galvan had 10, but the Lady Knights had a sub par shooting night going 13-for-45 and just 10-for-20 from the foul line.

            “It just kind of snowballs,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “Four or five people start trying to do too much and we commit turnovers and start throwing long passes. Glenbard South is a good team and they’re well coached and they took advantage of it.”

            The Lady Knights roared out to a 15-10 lead at the end of the first quarter, but then committed a total of 19 turnovers in the middle two frames. Kaneland trailed 26-24 at halftime and 38-32 at the end of three.

            In the fourth, a baseline jumper by Mangers brought KHS within 41-34 with 4:56 left. Sara Rose hit a layup to close within 41-36 with 4:23 to go. A Katie Hatch foul shot with 3:39 to go made it 41-37 but Glenbard South upped the aggressiveness and made it to the foul line for six separate trips and put the game out of reach.

            Sara Rose had a productive 20-point night vs. St. Francis, while Katie Hatch added nine. Kaneland went 26-for-55 from the field, but 10-for-22 from the foul line. The Lady Knights also had 27 assists.

            The Lady Knights went up 10-8 after one and took advantage of a 17-3 second quarter to go up 27-11 at halftime. KHS was up 44-22 after three before the final eight minutes.

            In sophomore action, the Lady Knights dropped a 45-17 decision at Hampshire in its new gymnasium last Tuesday On Monday, Glenbard South defeated Kaneland 24-20. The sophomores sit at 0-5.

            The girls are at DeKalb on Friday, Dec. 5 and go to Rochelle on Monday, Dec. 8.

Lady Knights in rough stretch at beginning

            Kaneland High School girls basketball fans were probably hoping for a better start.

            The girls basketball team would be inclined to agree.

            Making its way to the usual Thanksgiving-time Burlington Central tournament, KHS dropped its first two outings on Saturday.

            Rockford Auburn got the best of Kaneland 51-48, and Woodstock used a prolific second quarter to handle KHS 63-45.

            On Monday, Kaneland dropped a 53-41 result to Marengo.

            The Lady Knights now sit at 0-4.

            Vs. the Rockford version of the Lady Knights, KHS outscored RAHS 13-8 in the first quarter, but Kaneland was on the receiving end of a 17-9 second quarter, making it 25-22 at halftime. Kaneland rallied to take a 34-33 at the end of the third before Rockford Auburn used an 18-14 fourth to close the game out.

            Kaneland was 17-for-56 from the field and 14-for-28 from the foul line. The Lady Knights also pulled down 31 rebounds.

            Sara Rose, Katie Hatch and Alyssa Galvan each had a team-high 10 points.

            Ninety minutes later, Kaneland faced the Blue Streaks of Woodstock and held close, trailing just 18-14 after one before getting blown by in the second frame to go down 39-21 at the end of the third quarter.

            Overall, the Lady Knights were 17-for-45 from the field but 5-for-10 from three-point range. KHS was 10-for-20 from the foul line, and pulled down 28 rebounds.

            Galvan scored a team-high 14 points with a team-high nine boards. Megan Nauert added seven.

            In the matchup with the Indians in Burlington, Rose had 10 points.

            After Tuesday night’s affair vs. St. Francis, the Lady Knights were to enter pool play on Wednesday night.

            Sophomore action had the Lady Knights fall to the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs on Saturday by a 39-26 margin to fall to 0-2.

            Taylor Bradbury and Tesa Alderman supplied nine points each in the losing effort.

            KHS enters Western Sun Conference play on Tuesday, Dec. 2 against Glenbard South at 5:30 p.m.

Lady Knights look to keep arrow pointing up

Girls hoops using seven seniors for lift in WSC

by Mike Slodki

            Two years ago, the Lady Knights basketball squad, helmed by Ernie Colombe, limped toward a 5-21 mark.

            Last year, KHS improved to 10-16 with a 5-9 record in Western Sun Conference play and was 5.7 seconds away from ousting Burlington Central in the regionals before losing 49-48 last February.

            This year, the Lady Knights look to make more positive strides under Colombe in his third year.

            “We work hard,” Colombe said. “I know it sounds like a cliche, but we push these girls in practice, and they seem to respond well to that.”

            First off, the Lady Knights have to deal with departed Class of 2008 members Brittney Hankes, Lesley Winslow, Vickie Mathieu and Jackie Smith.

            Hankes is playing collegiately at Elgin Community College this winter.

            Forwards on the 2008-09 roster are seniors Brianna Hurst and Katie Hatch. Hatch is on for her fourth varsity year, and made all-WSC last year.

            “Day in, day out. No one works harder than Katie,” Colombe said.

            Junior forwards are Kaila Ingraham and Mallory Carlson, both new to the varsity ranks, and sophomore Megan Nauert joins the ranks as well.

            Guards are seniors Sara Rose, who brings an improved shot, according to Colombe, CeCe Anderson, Chassidy Mangers and defensive stopper Mallory Huml, along with new sophomore editions Emily Heimerdinger and Andie Strang.

            Senior Alyssa Galvan provides minutes at the center position.

            Colombe, along with assistant coach Tom Dillavan, thinks that the younger set of sophomores bring intangibles to the court.

            “Andie might be the best shooter in the program and gets up and down the court well. Emily is really improved and is working against Sara every day in practice and is so competitve. Megan can play around the basket and has a knack for scoring,” Colombe said.

            The Knights will have their hands full with Geneva (21-7 in 2007-08) and Batavia (21-5).

            After the opening matchup at Hampshire on Tuesday, the Lady Knights hop on over to Burlington Central for its annual Thanksgiving Tournament beginning on Saturday, Nov, 22. The first conference matchup is vs. Glenbard South on Tuesday, Dec. 2. The regular season ends for the Lady Knights on Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, at Sycamore.

Hampshire deals out convincing loss to KHS girls

by Mike Slodki

            As is customary over the last several years, Kaneland High School girls basketball opened its campaign against Hampshire.

            Unfortunately, the results are as customary as the previous two seasons were.

            For the third consecutive year, Hampshire got the best of the Lady Knights, this time by a final of 59-39.

            Center Alyssa Galvan had a game-high 10 points in the Tuesday night affair at the brand new Hampshire High School. Chassidy Mangers added nine.

            Hampshire went on an early 12-0 run to take a 14-3 lead with 3:10 to go in the frame.

            KHS cut the margin to 15-7 after one.

            The Lady Knights went on a mini-run and made adjustments in the second quarter. Down 22-11, Sara Rose hit a layup and Mangers made a foul shot to close within 22-14 with 5:41 to go in the half. Later on, the Lady Knights went on a 7-0 run, thanks to a Rose shot, a Galvan basket, a Katie Hatch free throw and an Emily Heimerdinger baseline jumper that closed it to 24-21 with 2:24 left. Rose’s offensive putback with 1:19 to go made it 29-25, but Hampshire clamped on the defense and Kaneland went into the half down 36-25.

            Hampshire upping the tempo on both ends led to a 23-point lead in the third quarter before Andie Strang’s two foul shots closed it to 51-30 at the end of three.

            “We made defensive mistakes today,” Colombe said. “These are mistakes that you make when you’re sophomores but not when you’re on varsity. We’ve got a lot to fix, but we’ll work hard in practice.”

            The Lady Knights head out to Burlington Central, facing Rockford Auburn at 2:30 p.m. and Woodstock at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22.