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Girls hoops stifles Morris, IMSA counterparts

Photo: Allyson O’Herron (32) keeps the ball inbounds during Friday’s 43-33 win over visiting Morris. O’Herron had a team-high nine points in the winning effort. Photo by John DiDonna

Six wins at early juncture for Colombe’s crew
KANELAND—Lady Knights girls basketball continues to go along at its desired pace, and came up with two victories this week.

After a game plagued by fouls and execution snags on Friday, the Lady Knights held firm in the fourth quarter against visiting Morris and rallied for a 43-33 win.

Tuesday saw the Lady Knights conquer Illinois Math and Science Academy of Aurora by a 47-31 final score.

The Lady Knights’ 6-1 start is the best in six seasons for the program.

Facing the Redskins, Allyson O’Herron had a team-high nine points on a roster of balanced scoring. Emma Bradford supplied eight.

From the field, the Lady Knights were 13-for-42, and 15-for-25 from the foul line, but also had 14 steals in the winning effort.

Morris went atop KHS 5-1 after the first eight minutes and 16-11 at halftime. Kaneland came back to close within 24-23 after the third and blazed a 20-9 trail in the fourth for the win.

The sophomores improved to 5-0 with a 35-31 win over Morris. Caroline Heimerdinger had a team-high 10 points.

Tackling the Titans, Ashley Prost and O’Herron each had a game-high 11 points, while Prost also added seven steals.

Kaneland was 18-for-56 from the field, and made 11-of-17 shots from the charity stripe.

KHS went out to an early 9-2 lead and enjoyed a 28-9 advantage at the break. While IMSA closed within 32-22 after three, Kaneland righted things in the fourth and finished with a 15-9 fourth quarter.

In the sophomore tilt, Kaneland emerged victorious with a 42-26 win.

Kaneland now prepares for host Sycamore in a NIB-12 tussle set for Friday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m.

Raising the bar
Looking back at this point a year ago, the Lady Knights were 5-5.
The last two years mark a significant improvement from two years ago, when KHS began 2-8.

Lady Knights take IC crown, drop to EA

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—If you asked Kaneland girls basketball its favorite activity during this opening juncture of the season, it might just offer an answer of collecting hardware.

With two more wins at the continuing Immaculate Conception Tournament against Lisle and the host, the Lady Knights took home their first tournament plaque since the heyday of Lyndsie Long, Jessica Lund and current assistant coach Kelsey Flanagan six years ago.

“We feel like this team still has a lot of room to improve, especially offensively,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “The key for us in the tournament was that defensively we played as a unit the entire tournament. We were able to create a ton of turnovers and wear down our opponents by continuing to pressure the ball with a deep rotation.”

The four-game win streak stopped on Tuesday night in East Aurora, with a 52-33 loss.

Regardless, Kaneland girls can boast of a 4-1 start.

Against the Lady Lions of Lisle, the Lady Knights held the opponent to 13 points in the first half en route to a 31-23 win.

Kaneland was 10-for-31 from the field, and 10-of-20 from the foul line. Post player Kelly Evers was tops with 10 points.

In the tourney final, a 12-10 halftime lead for Kaneland quickly turned into an 18-17 hole after three before exemplary defense and free throws down the stretch helped toward a win.

KHS had a 13-3 edge in successful foul shots. Ashley Prost had a team-high eight points followed by tourney MVP Evers’ seven and Brooke Harner’s seven.

East Aurora went out to a 26-11 lead on Tuesday, but saw Kaneland cut it to 30-22 in the third before the Lady Tomcats went up 42-25 after three.

Allyson O’Herron had a team-high 12 points for the Kaneland crew.

The Lady Knights kick off their NIB-12 season by hosting Morris on Friday, Dec. 2.

Exceptional start for Kaneland girls hoops

by Mike Slodki
ELMHURST, Ill.—For the second year in a row, the Kaneland Lady Knights basketball outfit visited the Immaculate Conception Tournament for Thanksgiving week.

Kaneland has to be liking the beginning fortunes of this year’s tournament already.

Facing Wilmette’s Regina Dominican High School on Saturday, KHS used defense and rebounding in a 35-24 win. On Monday, the Lady Knights looked like a team that put the other tourney outfits on notice with a 57-13 win over Plainfield South.

In the opener, Kaneland employed five steals, 25 rebounds and a stingy defense that allowed just three shot attempts in the fourth quarter.

Post-presence Kelly Evers had a game-high 11 points. Ashley Prost added eight points and seven rebounds.

The Lady Knights were 15-for-35 from the field.

Against the Lady Cougars, Ashley Prost paced the group with 12 points to go with eight steals.

Prost and crew executed the pressure defense needed for a smothering victory, indicated by an astounding 30 steals, of which Lauren Zick had nine.

“We’re really proud of ourselves for accomplishing all our goals that we set out to do,” Prost said. “We’ve been pushing ourselves more than we ever had to.”

Three baskets by Prost and a lay-in by Lexee Guerra put KHS on top early, 8-0. Sarah Grams and Ashley Castellanos added hoops for a 12-0 lead after the first quarter horn.

Kaneland increased the lead to 30-5 at halftime and 46-7 after three, instituting the running clock for the fourth quarter.

Depth, knowledge of system charges girls basketball in ‘11-’12

Photo: Lauren Zick (left) and teammate Ashley Castellanos are two new additions to varsity girls hoops that look to make an impact. Photo by Mike Slodki

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Sixth-year coach Ernie Colombe has the table set for success when it comes to KHS girls basketball.

Now it just needs the mix of experience and youth to add something positive to the table.

Despite a first-round exit a year ago, KHS improved to 13-15, up from nine wins in 2009-10.

The lower class levels had an astounding combined record of 49-1.

Plus, the Lady Knights return four players that found key minutes a year ago.

Adding the new additions, the Lady Knights’ depth could be a strength, one that’s integral to any hope to improving a 3-7 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII conference play.

“We’re pretty excited and the kids have been working real hard,” Colombe said. “We have a roster of 14, and right now we have maybe 12 that can start. We have a lot of depth, and it brings new challenges. We’re just trying to find ways to utilitze everyone.”

The girls in the program have been playing the same type of basketball for three years now, making things easier on the coaching staff.

“We have the girls playing the same way now. In past years, what would take us a week of practice to learn now just takes us one day,” Colombe said.

Returning to the fold is senior center Kelly Evers.

“She averaged around 11 points last year. Last year, we had girls that would score a bunch in different games, and she was our go-to player for much of the season, and I think we see that happening again. What we’re seeing is the girls that haven’t played with her before are learning how to use a post player,” Colombe said.

Returning teammates of Evers are returning junior starter Emma Bradford, junior Lexee Guerra and sophomore Marina Schaefer.

“Lexee’s stepped up and become more vocal this year, and she’s part of the guards that are stepping up. Emma’s improved and is a player to watch. Marina has improved, and the biggest thing is that she’s playing with confidence,” Colombe said.

Making the leap to varsity from the vaunted sophomore squad of a year ago are girls like guards Sarah Grams, Aly Harner, Ali Liss, Lauren Zick and Ashley Castellanos.

Looking to score some minutes are junior Allyson O’Herron, already inserted into the starting lineup early on, along with fellow starter Ashley Prost at forward. Seeing time at the forward spot are Brooke Harner and Alex Lyons, while newcomer Liz Barnette plays at the post.

“We got a big group of new players that can contribute. Girls like Grams and Liss and Brooke Harner have played well in practice and Prost has played well at the ‘4’ spot,” Colombe said.

Colombe hesitates to provide a desired record for the upcoming campaign.

“I don’t set a benchmark of winning and losing, because I think that’s a byproduct of several things. What we can control is trying to start an identity. I’d like to see what we are defensively, first and foremost.

The Lady Knights began this past week at Immaculate Conception and have their first non-tourney game on Tuesday, Nov. 29, at East Aurora. The first NIB-12 game is Friday, Dec. 2, vs. Morris.

Volleyball falls in regional to Glenbard S. in three games

Photo: Katy Dudzinski (left) and teammate Keri Groen show their blocking skills during the annual Spikefest on Saturday, in which KHS took third place. The Lady Knights’ season concluded on Tuesday. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—In coach Todd Weimer’s regime, the fact that Kaneland was one point away from a regional match victory shows the significant progress KHS has made on the court.

However, it remained at one point on Tuesday, as third-seeded Glenbard South staged a four-point rally on its way to a 19-25, 25-17, 26-24 thriller at St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Ill.

The Lady Raiders face regional host St. Francis on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Kaneland finished the season at 19-15, matching last year’s total, with a 6-4 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII play.

After a 15-4 start to 2011, KHS dropped 11 of its last 15 contests against a stacked schedule.

Kaneland fell behind in game one 14-9 before closing to 17-14. KHS then scored 10 in a row and closed it on a Katy Dudzinski kill for game point.

The Lady Knights fell behind as GS rallied in game two, down 24-15 before the Raiders cinched it.

An even third game saw good front line play, but Glenbard South made good on its service time. Kaneland was down 19-14, but rallied to tie it at 21 and take a 24-22 lead, but could score no more.

“We just couldn’t get out of it, and we’re very disappointed,” Weimer said. “We had a bunch of curveballs thrown at us, some injuries and mismatches. I’m upset that we lost, we really wanted to play St. Francis. It’s hard.”

Kaneland also hosted the annual Spikefest on Saturday out at Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove, finishing in fourth place out of eight squads with a 2-3 record.

Weimer’s Lady Knights took care of Aurora Christian 25-20, 25-10, and Hampshire 26-24, 25-7, before losing to tournament champ Metea Valley 25-19, 22-25, 15-9, and then Oswego East 25-20, 25-16. KHS fell to Geneva in the third-place game by a final of 26-24, 25-6.

Metea Valley beat Oswego East in the championship match 25-18, 25-23.

Kylie Siebert and Katy Dudzinski were named to the 2011 All-Tournament team.

Siebert had 80 digs during the tournament, giving her 1,100 digs throughout her KHS career with 12 assists and 10 aces. Katy Dudzinski had 32 kills, giving her 839 for her KHS tenure, and 14 digs, while Ashley Prost added 38 assists and 26 digs.

Against Yorkville on Thursday in the East gym, Kaneland suffered a 25-17, 17-25, 25-22 loss.

KHS says goodbye to seniors Siebert, Dudzinski, Kourtni Bingley, Malory Groen and Fabrizius.

Lady Knights in midst of six-match skid

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—For awhile, the Lady Knights volleyball contingent was stacking wins.

Now, they look to topple the current stack of losses, with the playoffs entering the picture later this month.

On Thursday, Kaneland dropped a 25-21, 25-20 affair to host Morris, lost to visiting Geneva on Oct. 5 by a final of 25-18, 27-25, and dropped three matches at the Bettendorf Tournament on Saturday.

Finally, on Tuesday during a Pink Out that raised money for the fight against breast cancer, the Lady Knights lost in straight games to DeKalb 25-21, 25-21.

“It was definitely a really fun event,” KHS coach Todd Weimer said. “I can’t tell you how many people helped out.”

The Lady Knights are now 15-10 and 4-3 in NIB-12 play.

Against the Lady Redskins, libero Kylie Siebert had 10 digs, while Grace Fabrizius had five kills. Future Wichita St. weapon Katy Dudzinski added five kills of her own.

The night before, the Lady Knights saw contributions from personnel like Siebert, with 11 digs and nine serve-recieve receptions, Dudzinski with nine kills, Fabrizius with 12 digs, and Lauren Banbury with three kills.

The weekend gathering in the Quad Cities region saw Kaneland first drop a 21-16, 21-19 result to Ankeny H.S. of Iowa, and a 21-14, 15-21, 13-15 clash to Bettendorf before losing 21-13, 21-17 to Moline.

Siebert had 59 digs, while Ashley Prost added 48 assists throughout the tournament.

Early in the first game, the Lady Knights fell behind 12-5 before tying it up thanks to DeKalb errors and a couple of Dudzinski kills, at 19 apiece. DeKalb outscored KHS 6-2 the remainder of the way. KHS last led at 5-4 of the first game.

In game two, DeKalb again stormed out to a 12-4 lead, but tighter play and a kill by Lyndi Scholl, coupled with a Banbury block, brought it to 23-21 before the Lady Barbs took it.

“The players need to keep sticking together and that everyone has everyone’s back. I trust the players. Just because you had a bad night, you need to step up,” Weimer said.

Kaneland was preparing for the visiting Sycamore Lady Spartans on Thursday, Oct. 13.

Photo by Madeline Cole

Lady Knights v-ball continues to roll in conference play

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball continued to have the edge over familiar opponents, including Rochelle on Thursday.

Led by Katy Dudzinski, Kylie Siebert and Ashley Prost, the Lady Knights swept the visiting Lady Hubs by a final of 25-19, 25-21.

On Tuesday, Kaneland came away with a convincing 25-18, 25-19 victory in Yorkville.

The Lady Knights now sit at 14-4 with a 4-1 mark in Northern Illinois Big XII Conference play.

KHS now finds itself atop the conference standings with DeKalb, one match ahead of Morris.

Dudzinski had 11 kills, while Siebert had 11 digs and Prost gathered 13 assists.

Against Yorkville, Dudzinski had nine kills, while Prost added 10 assists.

Siebert produced nine digs, two aces and 10 serve-recieve receptions.

“Today we were a lot smarter with the ball and placed it really well,” Siebert said. “That helped us a lot.”

Coach Todd Weimer is encouraged with the recent stretch.

“Both my setters dissected that defense, and it was really fun to see after working on different things this week in practice,” Weimer said.

In sophomore action against Rochelle, KHS won 25-18, 25-20, while the freshman “A” team came away with a 25-8, 25-17 win, and the “B” side edged its opponent by a 27-25, 26-24 win.

Coming up for the Lady Knights is a home matchup with crossover opponent Dixon in the East gym on Thursday, Sept. 29.

Volleyball drops battle with Lady Barbs in NIB-12 action

KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball may have dropped its very first meeting at the brand new DeKalb High School to the hosts, but if there’s a silver lining, they’ll meet again Oct. 11.

Thursday saw Kaneland suffer a rare 2011 loss to the host Lady Barbs in Northern Illinois Big XII action by a sweep of 25-17, 25-23.

KHS now stands at 11-4 on the season, and 1-1 in NIB-12 play.

Ashley Prost had eight assists and five digs on the night, while teammate Kylie Siebert had 10 digs. Katy Dudzinski added nine kills in the losing effort.

In sophomore action, the Lady Knights also dropped the match, 25-19, 25-18 to the Lady Barbs.

The freshman levels came away with a win back to Maple Park, however. “A” took a 25-14, 21-25, 25-20 matchup, while “B” took a 25-23, 25-11 sweep.

The varsity roster looks forward to a NIB-12 clash with the visiting Rochelle Lady Hubs on Thursday, Sept. 22.

Lady Knights put the brooms to H-BR Royals, now 6-2 on court

Photo by Mary Herra
KANELAND—Lady Knights volleyball seems to be settling into a nice early rhythm eight matches into 2011.

The recent good fortunes have made matters quite bumpy for KHS opponents.

The most recent victim was the Hinckley-Big Rock program, which fell to the host Lady Knights 25-19, 25-20 in varsity action.

The Lady Knights have won six of their first eight matches, before the Northern Illinois Big XII Conference season heats up.

Front-line presence Katy Dudzinski had nine kills to her credit, while teammates Grace Fabrizius and Lauren Banbury added four each of their own. Jenny Lubic and Maddie King had two aces each, while Ashley Prost added 14 assits in the winning effort.

Up ahead for KHS, the usual mid-Sept. Bartlett Tournament stop, taking place on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Volleyball rises to 5-2 after prolific week

Photo: Lyndi Scholl (left) and Kylie Siebert make sure the serve is handled during the third game of Kaneland’s match against Burlington Central on Tuesday. Kaneland won two of three games. Photo by John DiDonna

KANELAND—For Todd Weimer’s Kaneland Lady Knights volleyball crew, there weren’t better opportunities to view the roster’s progress than at the usual Wheaton North Tournament stop and a trip to Burlington Central.

When the dust settled, KHS viewed a 5-2 record after winning three of five matches in Falcon-land, and the first win for coach Weimer over BC on Tuesday by a final of 25-18, 25-27, 25-18.

The action of Aug. 24 began with a 25-14, 13-25, 25-23 loss to the Hilltoppers of Glenbard West, but the Lady Knights rallied with a 25-13, 25-21 sweep of the host school.

At the end of day one, Katy Dudzinski had 36 attacks, followed closely by Grace Fabrizius with 30 attacks. Dudzinski had 22 kills, while Fabrizius had nine.

On Saturday, the Lady Knights first took care of Oak Forest, 25-14, 24-26, 25-23, then swept St. Viator by a final of 25-11, 25-23.

Glenbard West defeated Kaneland in the finale by a 25-21, 21-25, 25-14 final.

Dudzinski finished Saturday with eight blocks and 43 kills, while Ashley Prost contributed 51 assists. Teammate Kylie Siebert had three aces on the afternoon.

The win over the host Lady Rockets on Tuesday featured nine kills from Fabrizius, and 19 assists from Prost.

The Lady Knights now deal with the visiting Lady Royals of Hinckley-Big Rock on Thursday, Sept. 1.

Volleyball plans to build on 2010 with returning core

Photo: Katy Dudzinski brings experience, size and force to the Lady Knights volleyball squad looking to elevate a 19-win total from 2010. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Could this be a lucky seventh for KHS volleyball coach Todd Weimer?

After a 2010 season that featured a record of 19-14, wins over Geneva (first time since 1991) and Sycamore (road win for the first time since 1999) for the first time in a long time, Weimer’s raring to get his girls on the court once again.

“There were a ton of firsts for us last year,” Weimer said. “I’m feeling great. We’re pumped up every morning. I love investing even more into the program, and we’re very excited.”

The Lady Knights flourished last year, but will have to deal with the sting of a regional opener loss to Hampshire, and the graduation of four seniors led by NIU freshman Jessica Lubic.

“Team chemistry is extremely strong and the personalities are great and attitude has been awesome,” Weimer said. “Last year was great and we think this will be a fun season.”

Seniors returning to the Lady Knights include libero Kylie Siebert.

“This is Kylie’s third year on varsity, and it goes through her on our side. She’s the first contact or the first pass, and she’s the best at it,” Weimer said.

Six-foot-two Katy Dudzinski, committed to Wichita State University, also lends skills up front as RS.

“Kylie, Katy and Malory Groen have kind of set the tone for the expectations,” Weimer said.

Additional seniors include OH Kourtni Bingley, MH Groen and OH Grace Fabrizius.

Juniors are marked by OH Lyndi Scholl, MH Keri Groen, S Ashley Prost, DS Rachael Clinton and MH Lauren Banbury.

Sophomores ready to make an impact on varsity are OH Maddie King and S Jenny Lubic.

The season’s first serve is set in Geneseo in a NIB-12 crossover on Monday, Aug. 22, while the first East Division match takes place on Tuesday, Sept. 13, against Morris.

“The setting is great, the defense is great, the passing is consistent. With this whole team, there are very few weaknesses,” Weimer said.

KHS girls basketball having fun all summer long

Photo: Lexee Guerra, shown here going for a layup in Rosemont, Ill., is one Lady Knight seeing quality minutes during summer league play. Photo by Ben Draper

by Mike Slodki
KANELAND—Summer has been no time for play if you’re Kaneland High School girls basketball.

Coach Ernie Colombe and crew have been keeping busy with shootouts in Genoa-Kingston, Sterling, Morris, Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and have one scheduled in Ottawa, Ill., this week.

The Lady Knights are also involved in a summer league housed by DeKalb High School, and last Thursday, participated in an exhibition contest against Plano at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., resulting in a win.

“We’ve played tough competition, and we’ve seen improvement. We’ve got the girls lifting and around 30-plus girls are with us right now. You want to see that kind of commitment,” Colombe said.

Colombe can speak from first-hand coaching experience on the benefits of summer league action. The team won eight of nine in a stretch last year, with the 30-game slate going a long way to an improved record in 2010-11.

“Kelly Evers is making her way back from injury; she’s our lone senior. The junior class is full of real competitiors,” Colombe said.

Stats and game scores generally aren’t kept for summer league action, but the summer-wide progress and trip to Rosemont are part of a larger picture.

“We definitely sold it to the girls as a unique opportunity, and they got to be on the floor when the Sky had their shootaround before their game,” Colombe said. “We hope the (sixth-season WNBA franchise Chicago) Sky keep doing something like this.”

The Lady Knights also dealt with a different environment.

“Like the boys when they would go to the United Center, the girls were faced with having their shooting be different. You normally have a wall by the basket, but at the Allstate Arena, you shoot toward seating.”

Colombe has the girls shooting it out all over the area, and thinks KHS has just scratched the surface.

“Evers and Ashley Prost are making their way back from injuries. We haven’t had a regular lineup since we started. Evers will be a force. Lexee Guerra has an improved shot. Emma Bradford could have a breakout year. Marina Schaefer, Ali Liss, Brooke Harner, Prost, Morgan Newhouse and Sarah Grams all play defense and play both ends, which is what we want,” Colombe said.

Winter sports awards, NIB-12 honors dished out

KANELAND—For boys basketball, captains Matt Cowans, Tyler Callaghan and Chaon Denlinger were recognized. Most Improved Player nods went to Zach Ringhouse and Trever Heinle. Denlinger also took home the Most Valuable Player. Callghan was awarded Defensive Player of the Year, and freshman teammate Daniel Helm was named Offensive Player of the Year. Kory Harner was named the winner of the Mr. Husle Award, and the All-Northern Ilinois Big XII entries were Denlinger and Helm.

For girls basketball, Defensive Player of the Year honor went to senior Andie Strang and teammate Emily Heimerdinger.

Kelly Evers was named MVP of the varsity squad, while teammate Emma Bradford took home the Most Improved Player award.

Heimerdinger was also award Ms. Kaneland Basketball and made honorable mention for the Northern Illinois Big XII, while Evers added to her awards with a Northern lllinois Big XII all-conference mention.

For sophomore girls basketball, Ashley Prost was named MVP. Brooke Harner was given the Defensive Player of the Year award, followed by Ashley Castellanos and Morgan Newhouse combining on the Most Improved Player awards.

Ms. Kaneland Basketball for the sophomore unit went to Sarah Grams.

Additionally, Alli Liss was named the winner of the Sophomore Hustle Chart Winner.

For the freshman level, Lauren Zick was named MVP and Sydney Strang was awarded Defensive Player of the Year. Most Improved Player was shared by Kelly Wallner and Katie Brinkman. Ms. Basketball went to Amber Winquist-Bailey, while Strang and Caroline Heimerdinger shared captains honors.

Knights wrestling issued a handful of awards, beginning with Kyle Davidson and Jimmy Boyle taking the Most Valuable Wrestler honors.

Zach Theis was named MVW of the JV ranks. Stephen Gust took home the Most Improved Wrestler award. The JV Most Improved Wrestler nod went to David Barnhart.

Andrew Essex was named the Bob Domena Memorial Award Hardest Worker.

Ben Kovalick was given the Dave Osman Memorial Award Most Dedicated Wrestler honor. The Russell Anderson Memorial Award was given to Dan Goress.

Davidson and Boyle were recognized as team captains, and Zach Ganz took home the Heart and Soul Award.

Finally, Boyle, Kovalick, Goress, Davidson and Keagan Mattes were honored for their inclusion on the All-Northern Illinois Big XII team.

For Kaneland Lady Knights bowling, Holly Thomas took home recognition for high series, high game, high average and captainship.

Morgan Wojciechowski was named Most Improved Bowler, and Seleana Isaacs was named Most Improved, as well. Isaacs also was given the coach’s award.

Lady Knights take 4th at Oswego East

Photo: Nicki Ott, shown here in action in November, was key in helping the Lady Knights nab their best-ever finish at the Oswego East Holiday Tournament. File Photo

by Mike Slodki
OSWEGO—It wasn’t the ideal end, but Kaneland girls hoops earned its best finish ever at the Oswego East Holiday Classic.

While a third-round contest against the Andrew Thunderbolts wasn’t pretty on Dec. 29, the Lady Knights (8-9, 1-2 NIB-12) were assured at least a fourth-place nod in the Winter Classic Tournament at Oswego East High School. KHS fell to Downers Grove South on Thursday, 36-22.

Andrew played West Chicago on Thursday night for the championship and won the tournament final, 66-53.

In the 50-30 loss to Andrew, Kaneland was outscored 14-1 in the first frame and fell behind 28-11 at halftime before trailing 47-20 after the third quarter.

KHS was 11-for-41 from the field and 7-for-12 from the foul line. Freshman Marina Schaefer led the charge with six points and six boards. Emily Heimerdinger had four steals.

Against DGS, the Lady Knights got a three-pointer and another bucket from Andie Strang, a basket from Kelly Evers (eight points) and a shot from Tesa Alderman to go up 9-0 with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter. DGS scored the last four points of the first quarter, followed by the Lady Knights missing their next 14 shot attempts extending into the third frame. Kaneland’s 14:26 scoreless drought, coupled with DHS completing a 20-0 run, sent KHS reeling.

The scoring famine finally ended with a three-point play from Nicki Ott halfway through the third to make it 20-12.

In the fourth, Ott’s bucket with 3:56 to go cut the difficult lead to 24-20, but KHS could get no closer.

Also noteworthy was Downers Grove South‘s having 26 attempts at the foul line, compared with two for KHS.

“That didn’t really help,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said. “It was a nice start for us, and it looked like we were ready to play. Then they went to man (defense), they did a good job and were physical.”

The Lady Knights’ all-time mark at the Oswego East tourney is now 8-8.

KHS now hosts Yorkville on Friday, Jan. 7.

Lady KNIGHT LIFE
• The Kaneland High School sophomore girls are 14-1.
• KHS recently captured the Riverside-Brookfield Holiday Tourney,
winning the final on Dec. 30, against Rich Central, 37-23. Paced by
Brooke Harner’s 10 points, and seven each from Ashley Prost and
Alli Liss, Kaneland enjoyed its fourth and final win of the holidays.

Lady Knights (2-1) show grit in IMSA tourney

Photo: Knight Tesa Alderman converts on a steal and layup during Friday’s 46-37 triumph over host Aurora Christian during Hoop Happenings. Photo by Ben Draper

Thanksgiving Tournament Lady Knights at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst on Friday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.
by Mike Slodki
AURORA—Slow starts might not be ideal if you’re with Lady Knights basketball, they’ll live with it if it leaves room for mid-game rallies and competent fourth quarters.

Down 16-5 in the second quarter to host Aurora Christian on Friday night, the Lady Knights rallied to take the lead in the second quarter and cut down on mistakes in the second half to swipe a 46-37 result on Friday. At night three of the IMSA Hoop Happenings the next afternoon, Kaneland beat Earlville 62-34 to take the consolation championship.

The Lady Knights, under fifth-year coach Ernie Colombe, are 2-1 in the early outset of the season.

In the night two win over the Lady Eagles, Emily Heimerdinger had a game-high 17 points, followed by Tesa Alderman with six.

The Knights were 13-for-47 from the field and 19-for-29 from the free throw line.

Alderman, on the floor for stretches in which KHS was behind, rallying, and holding the lead, feels the formula for Friday’s win could be the way to go.

“Certain people got on fire and we worked as a team,” Alderman said. “Some of the drills we do in practice really help us in how to handle crunch time.”

After trailing 9-5 to AC at the end of the first frame, things got worse for Kaneland, as the Lady Eagles took their 16-5 lead with 3:17 to go in the half.

Heimerdinger hit two foul shots and a lay-up a minute later. Nicki Ott followed with a basket, and Heimerdinger hit two free throws to close within 16-13 with 1:23 remaining. After Alderman hit a free throw to close within two, Kelly Evers sunk both her foul shots to tie, and Alderman stole the ball and finished with a layup with 18.7 seconds to go to take a two-point lead. KHS eventually went into the break leading 18-17.

Up 26-24 in the third quarter, Lexie Guerra hit a layup, followed soon after by an Andie Strang shot to go up 30-25 with 1:48 to go in the frame. Heimerdinger hit a three-pointer with 1:04 left to go up 33-25, before AC scored the final five points of the quarter.

After an Emma Bradford putback with 7:08 to go in the game gave KHS a 35-30 lead, the Lady Eagles put two baskets and two foul shots together to go up 36-35 with 5:09 remaining.

Bradford then hit a shot to go ahead for good with 4:51 left, and Alderman hit a baseline jumper to go up 39-36 with 3:46 to play.

Heimerdinger, Strang and Alderman hit seven out of eight foul shot attempts to end the game up nine.

“The whole game you have to hit free throws, especially in the fourth quarter, and we took care of the ball. We didn’t turn it over too many times. There’s some stuff we want to clean up but we did a good job handling the ball,” KHS coach Ernie Colombe said.

Facing Earlville in the consolation title game, Evers led the Lady Knights with 14 points while Cory Harrison had 12 points. Ott and Heimerdinger added eight points apiece.

Kaneland was 25-for-61 from the field and 12-for-23 from the charity stripe.

Kaneland stormed out to a 21-8 lead after one and was up 39-12 at the break before going up 52-23 after three.

Meanwhile, the sophomore crew has leapt out to a 2-0 start with a 36-35 Monday win over Geneva, led by Ashley Prost’s 11 points, and a 42-18 handling of Marengo. Prost led the balanced scoring column with nine points.

The Lady Knights try and improve on their early success with a matchup against Thanksgiving Tournament host Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst on Friday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m.