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Girls basketball: Kaneland outlasts Burlington in OT

Updated: January 6, 2013 10:04PM



Kaneland bounced back from a rough outing Friday night and claimed a thrilling 56-53 overtime triumph against visiting Burlington Central in a non-conference matchup here Saturday night.

The lead changed hands four times in the extra session, and the Knights finally celebrated when Shelby Holt’s 3-point attempt bounced off the rim at the final buzzer.

“We just all stuck together and worked together today,” said Kaneland senior Emma Bradford. “We were all on the same page and it worked out for us.”

Sarah Grams sank a pair of free throws with 5.8 ticks left on the clock. She hit six of eight attempts in overtime and finished with 10 points, all coming from the charity stripe.

Kaneland connected on 31 of 40 from the free throw line for the game.

“It was a good game,” said Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe. “We needed to come out and play well tonight.

“We’ve been struggling on offense. We stressed that we wanted to be aggressive and the players responded tonight.”

Bradford and Ashley Prost notched 12 points each while providing the inside scoring and Allyson O’Herron added eight points.

Holt led all scorers with 20 points including 12 points in the final 12 minutes.

Grams opened the overtime with two free throws, but Holt answered with a triple at the 3:10 mark.

Bradford responded with a scoop layin as she was fouled.

Though she missed the freebee, Brooke Harner grabbed the offensive rebound and dished to Marina Schaefer who was sent to the charity stripe.

Schaefer drilled both shots and Kaneland held a 50-47 edge.

The Rockets (14-3) regained the lead when Holt sank two free throws and Kayla Ross followed with a layup with 2:15 left to play. But O’Herron canned a 16-footer from the baseline on inbounds play and Grams added two makes from the 15-foot mark.

Holt cut the deficit to 54-53 when she drove down the lane with 40 seconds to play, but Grams was unfazed and forced the three-point attempt with her two makes.

“We got bothered by how physical the game was being played,” said Burlington Central coach Mark Smith.

“We had a great comeback there in the second half and we put great pressure on them. The effort was outstanding.”

Alison Colby sent the game to overtime when she buried a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds showing on the clock. Both squads were plagued by foul trouble and needed contributions from deep down the bench.

Kaneland’s bench chipped in 12 points while the Rockets reserves scored 12.

Camille Delacruz tallied nine points for the Rockets and Ross finished with eight points and four steals.



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