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Fall sports preview: Departure means opportunity

by Mike Slodki
MAPLE PARK—Second-year coach Tim Larsen has to deal with a lineup that sees personnel like Emma Anderson, Katie Hatch, Anna Rossi, Kristen Sanecki and Jen Zmrhal gone to graduation.

Larsen, however, returns several girls to the Lady Knights tennis squad that look to make good on opportunities created by the vacancies.

While singles and doubles slots are yet to be completely decided, Larsen feels that the initial practices were going well.

“I feel really good about it,” Larsen said about the current setup.

The intangible quality Larsen is most impressed with?

“A lot of leadership. They were here for four years and had (Cindy) Miller as varsity coach. But we have eight seniors returning this year, and I feel very good that we can be competitive this year,” Larsen said.

Liz Webb was singled out by Larsen has having good prospects coming into the season and has played throughout the year.

“I really do think she’s going to fill the void that Katie Hatch left,” Larsen said.

Varsity singles option Lindsay Jurcenko comes back for a second straight year after playing volleyball in the lower-class days.

Gone from the doubles and captains front are Sanecki and Zmrhal.

“They were captains along with Emma and kind of held the team together. Just having girls like Jen and Kristen around was a calming influence for everybody else,” Larsen said.

Kelsey Lenhardt and Liz Webb, doubles tandem a year ago, also make their return to the Lady Knight court in 2009.

Olivia Emmanouil, No.1 singles player from a year ago, returns, as does the doubles duo of Tessa Kuipers and Mel Mazuc.

For whatever kinks need to be worked out in the game, time will be saved on having to garner court time and experience.

“(The) really rewarding thing is that we’re just ironing out little bugs at this stage, just working on the little things with the returning players. It helps that I could be their coach when they were freshmen and again as seniors,” Larsen said.

The personnel representing Kaneland will continue to work toward improving on last season’s fortune, even with new faces.

“I want to go into matches thinking ‘we can win this,’” Larsen said.

This upcoming season marks the last in the short history of the Western Sun Conference, an arrangement which more often than not, gave KHS fits on the court.

“I feel good and bad about it. I think we’re still going to play Geneva and Batavia, and they serve kind of a measuring stick. I’d like to see as we continue to grow and improve, to see how we measure up against those teams in the future,” Larsen said.

The season serves up its first contest on Monday, Aug. 24, at Marmion Academy as Kaneland battles Rosary at 4:30 p.m.

The first conference battle is vs. Batavia on Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m., with the final regular season matchup at the Western Sun Conference tournament in Geneva on Saturday, Oct. 10.

KHS hands out year-end awards for athletes

Rose, three others highlight senior banquet
MAPLE PARK—The end of the year awards and spring awards were handed out on June 9, recognizing the year-long effort of Knight athletes.

At the Senior Athletic Banquet awards, Knight awards were handed out to the five three-sport athletes from the class of 2009: Katie Hatch for tennis, basketball and track, Chassidy Mangers for cross country, basketball and softball, Curtis Lubic for golf, basketball and baseball, Chris Ott for football, soccer and basketball and Matt Weaver for cross country, wrestling and track.

The female Birkette award went to Mangers, while the male Birkette award found its way to Lubic.

Sara Rose was named the female athlete of the year at KHS, while Mike Pritchard was named male athlete of the year.

For boys track and field, Logan Markuson took the Track MVP, while Nick Sinon won the Field MVP.

Weaver took the Drendel Award home, and seven captains were recognized in the form of Lucas Ross, Weaver, Brendan McCarthy, Colin Zagel, Hayden Johnson, Paul Davies and Joshua Bloome.

Taylor Andrews won the Ron Probst Award.

The boys track had a glut of Western Sun All-Conference reps in the form of Derek Bus, Johnson, Edgar Valle, Markuson, Andrews, Sinon, Bloome and Matt Reusche.

Markuson, Johnson, Valley, Davies, Sinon, Bloome, Bus, Sean Paulick, Andrews and Tommy Whittaker were also highlighted for qualifying for the State gathering at Eastern Illinois University.

For the soccer squad that earned a berth to the regional title match at Burlington Central, Megan Gil, Sarah Goodrich, Paige Rogers and Bridget Crosby were recognized as captains. Crosby was also named most improved player. Savannah Webb took home the rookie of the year. Shelby Koester and Haley Johnson took the coach’s award, while Colleen Gebauer and Gil won the Lady Knights awards. Emily Heimerdinger was named team MVP. Girls soccer had three members named to the All-WSC roster in the form of Gil, Koester and Heimerdinger.

In the freshman soccer ranks, Haley Garcia was awarded Team Leader, Tatiana Brown took home the most improved honor, while Maggie Ruppel won the team spirit award.

In softball, the best offensive player award went to Jessica Lubic and Andrea Potts.

Brianna Hurst was given the best defensive player award. Rose took home the team MVP award, while Jordan Herra took home the most improved honors after her showing at the plate and in the field.

Erin Heyob, Hurst, Mallory Huml, Rose, Mangers and Herra were honored as captains.

Huml, Rose, Potts, Delani Vest and Lubic also brought home All-WSC honors.

For baseball, Curtis Lubic earned the Mr. Kaneland Baseball award, while Pritchard and Joe Gura took the Offensive MVP awards. Jeff Smith won the Defensive MVP award. Joe Spitzzeri took the 41 award, in honor of late teammate Jeff Malewig. Pritchard, Gura and Smith were named to the All-WSC team.

For girls track, Lindsay Gierke, Lisa Roberson and Andie Strang were given the track MVP award, while Kelli Patterson and Jordan Pinkston were named field MVP’s.

Patterson was honored with the Most Improved award.

Laney Deliginais, Alyssa Galvan, Gierke, Patterson, Roberson, Katie Weiss and Lauren Whittaker took home nods for captain.

Named to the all-conference group for the WSC were Whittaker, Gierke, Patterson and Pinkston.

Gierke, Pinkston, Strang, Roberson, Kris Bowen, Sara Wallace and Kelly Evers were also recognized for their State-going effort.

WSC, team honors dished at Winter Sports Awards

Last week saw Kaneland High School dole out its winter athletic awards with four sports being recognized on various levels.

In varsity girls basketball, Mallory Huml was given defensive player of the year, and Mallory Carlson was named most improved player. Katie Hatch and Sarah Rose were named co-MVP’s. Cece Anderson won the Kaneland Knight Award, and Rose was also recognized as a member of the all-Western Sun Conference team. Rose, Anderson, Hatch, Huml, Brianna Hurst, Chassidy Mangers and Alyssa Galvan were also recognized as captains.

In sophomore basketball, Jessica Stouffer and Liz Hylland took the Kaneland Knight awards, while Sydney Bilotta won defensive player. Andrea Dimmig-Potts and Katie Taylor were named co-offensive player of the year. Keara Palpant was given MVP honors.

For the freshman level, Anna Olson took the hustle award, and Katie Tolan won most improved. Christina Janes was named Queen of the Boards, while McKinzie Mangers was given the Dedication award. Kylie Siebert won the Lady Knight award.

For boys basketball, Dave Dudzinski was honored for making the All-WSC team, and was also named as the team’s offensive player of the year.

The Most Improved Player award went to the tandem of Christian Dillon and Sean Paulick. Dudzinski took the team MVP honors, and Curtis Lubic earned the defensive player of the year nod.

Brody Root, Dillon, Mike Prtichard, Lubic, Chris Ott and Joe Spitzzeri were also recognized as captains.

On the freshman level, Eric Eichelberger and Brandon Stahl earned most improved honors, while Jake Razo took home outstanding defensive player, and Jordan Jones was outatanding offensive player.

For the Lady Knights bowling team, Jessica Stebbins was given kudos for high game, high series, and high average.

Danielle Rose earned the most improved award. Emily Curran took home the coaches award and Stebbins, Curran, Kathleen Moravcik and Cassie Wilson were recognized as captains.

For wrestling, Jay Levita was named most valuable wrestler, as well as getting the Bob Domena Memorial Award for hardest worker, and was also given accolades for making the All-WSC team and State.

Jimmy Boyle took the most improved award, while Devon Scholl won the Dave Osman Award for most dedicated. Boyle was given the Russel Anderson Memorial Award, and Matt Weaver took the Heart and Soul Award.

Levita, Weaver and Scholl were also recognized as captains.

Lady Knights go 2-1, includes wins over Sycamore, Yorkville

by Mike Slodki
With the regular season down to its final contests, the Kaneland High School girls basketball roster is seeing more things come its way, like wins.

Despite a close 52-48 loss at Marengo on Tuesday, the Lady Knights defeated Sycamore at home on Saturday night by a 50-45 margin and also took out Yorkville on Friday in a 58-44 road win.

The Lady Knights have gone 3-2 in their last five contests and sit at 7-17 with a 3-10 record in Western Sun Conference play.

Against the Indians, Sara Rose led the Lady Knights with 11 points and four steals.

Kaneland led 12-9 after the first quarter and maintained a 22-21 lead at halftime. KHS increased its lead to 39-33 after three quarters before Marengo pulled out the win in the fourth.

Against Sycamore, Katie Hatch had a game-high 17 points and seven rebounds, as the Lady Knights went 20-for-31 from the foul liine.

Sycamore led the game 11-9 after one frame and 26-18 at halftime before running wild over the Spartans in the third to tie the score at 33. Kaneland outscored Sycamore 17-12 to clinch it in the fourth.

Kaneland used the foul line to key its win over the Foxes as it went 20-for-30 from the foul line. Alyssa Galvan led KHS with 13 points and Brianna Hurst had 10.

The Lady Knights used baskets by Megan Nauert, Hurst and Emily Heimerdinger to go up 14-10 in the first and led 14-12 at the buzzer.

Up 18-14 in the second, the Lady Knights used shots by Andie Strang and Mallory Huml, along with two foul shots from Rose to go up 24-14 with 2:19 to go in the half. Kaneland led 28-21 at the halftime horn.

A third-quarter Yorkville run closed it to 36-31 before KHS scored the final bucked of the quarter thanks to a Galvan basket.

Hurst hit two shots to increase the lead to 42-33 with 6:53 left. Hatch’s three-point play effectively put the game out of reach at 47-35 with 4:02 to go. The win satisfied KHS coach Ernie Colombe, despite 20 turnovers.

“I thought we did a lot of things well, but that was disappointing in a sense that we just worked on that in practice. Yorkville fought hard after they lost (Alyssa) Harbin, who’s arguably their best player (due to second-quarter injury). But we had pretty good effort and hit a lot of free throws,” Colombe said.

“It was good to get a win even if it wasn’t out best game,” Galvan said. “But we’re looking forward to (Saturday’s win) and this game was important.”

Kaneland’s passing led to a good start, one that keyed the rest of the game, according to Galvan.

“When they’re playing zone we know we can’t make one pass and a shot, so passing the ball around gets the defense tired and that was one of our goals,” Galvan said.

The Lady Knights visit Sycamore on Friday, Feb. 13 to finish the regular season.

Lady Knights dropped by Rochelle, pick up non-conference win

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.

Kaneland 52, East. Aurora 43

Katie Hatch led the way with 14 points, with Sara Rose adding 12 and Alyssa Galvin 10.

The Lady Knights took a 22-20 lead into halftime, and went 9-for-13 from the free throw line. Brianna Hurst (8 points) hit four-straight technical foul shots on back-to-back E.A. technicals.

The Lady Knights improved to 5-14; 1-9 in WSC

In sophomore action, the Lady Knights won 28-7 over East Aurora. Katie Taylor led the charge with 11 points. They improve to 3-15; 0-9 in WSC Play.

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.

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.