MAPLE PARK – When the Kaneland girls basketball team scored 13 straight points between the first and second quarters, the starters for the Knights contributed exactly zero points.
The bench did a lot of the heavy lifting Saturday in a 61-37 win over Aurora Central Catholic.
"We just talked about it, I think that shows the improvement we had," Kaneland coach Ernie Colombe said. "At the beginning of the year we wouldn't have had that. We're putting people in and they're getting better. We just talked about we're able to build leads with kids coming off the bench."
Kaneland (17-10) led wire-to-wire against the Chargers (10-15). The 13-0 run was actually part of a large 22-3 explosion during which the Knights got just three points from a starters – a bucket from beyond the arc by Chloe Conley, who finished with a team-high 14.
After the run, the Knights led 38-11 with 2:15 left in the first half in what would be their biggest lead of the game.
The Knights entered the game fresh off a 40-12 win against Morris on Friday.
Kaneland forced 23 turnovers on Saturday, leading to 20 points.
"Last night we played pretty well and were locked in defensively," Colombe said. "We felt the same way tonight. We got off to a good start and fed off our defense. ... It was fun to watch. I thought we showed a lot of improvement tonight."
By the numbers: Delani Kosner led all scorers with 19 points for the Chargers. Lara Anger added nine and five rebounds as the duo did most of the damage for ACC. Kelsey Modaff scored nine for the Knights, all on first-quarter 3-pointers. Keely Noel had three steals and five rebounds for the Knights.
Beyond the stats: It was the second of two games in two days for the Knights, who hadn't had a game since January 26 and hadn't had a full practice since January 17, Colombe said.
They said it: "Our regular practice routine has been off," Colombe said. "It's been tough, but it's been tough for everybody."
Up next: The Knights head to Yorkville on Monday, while the Chargers host Riverside-Brookfield.