DeKALB – With the DeKalb girls basketball team looking to build a two-possession lead in the final 90 seconds against Kaneland on Saturday, Bryanna Kigyos had a different idea.
Kigyos had a steal and a bucket to cut the Barb lead to one, and the Knights took control for good on their next possession in a 39-38 win for Kaneland in overtime.
"It was a good play by a senior," Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe said of Kigyos, who had a game-high 14 points and four steals and led Kaneland with six rebounds. "She had a lot of good looks tonight and she works real hard. It would have been real easy to hang her head but she kept working and it's why we kept her out there. But she made a big play when we needed it."
DeKalb (7-11 overall, 2-4 Northern Illinois Big 12 East) took the lead in the overtime on a 3-pointer by Nadia Timm, the first 3 of the game for the Barbs and their first points since the third quarter. Florence Omodayo added a putback with 1:55 left to push the lead to 38-35.
Kaneland (13-7, 3-2) turned the ball over with a bad pass with 1:41 left, but 16 seconds later Kigyos converted on the layup to get within one. Haley Westberg missed a layup, Hannah Armin got the rebound for the Knights, and Kaneland took the lead for good with a layup from Keely Noel.
DeKalb coach Tyler Bantz said he was happy with hos his team improved from the last time out against Kaneland, a 49-36 win in December for the Knights.
"We're getting better, obviously," Bantz said. "We were smoked by them the last time, had a million turnovers, and didn't look to compete. ... It just goes to show how good we could be if we got our energy up consistently and got up for every single game."
DeKalb had plenty of chances late to take the lead back. After Noel's layup with 54.5 seconds left, Sanaa Finner missed a shot for the Barbs but Omodayo grabbed one of her 14 rebounds n the game, but missed the putback. Kaneland missed a one-and-one free throw to keep the lead at one with 27.5 seconds left when Kigyos got another steal, but she missed the front end of the one-and-one.
Westberg got the rebound, Finner missed a half-court 3-pointer with about 2 seconds left, giving Ashley Nelson time to grab her 10th rebound of the game, but she missed the putback at the buzzer.
"I think we actually got fouled by our own player," Bantz said with a chuckle. "Florence was going for that rebound too, I think they bumped into each other. Ashley makes that shot 95 times out of 100 but when you get clobbered by our own girls that's a tough shot to make. If that's a shot for us to win the game, we'll take that shot every single time. I do like they both crashed the boards like crazy. It just didn't go in."