Her name is Kara Miller. She is a junior transfer. This year
she plays for the Kaneland Knights and everyone at Kaneland is glad she does.
For because of her the Knights are 4-0 and this year's Champions of the
Burlington Central Basketball Tournament!
With 17 seconds left in the game, the Knights trailing 43-41
and Sycamore with the ball, Miller stole the ball. She drove to basket, made
the lay-up to tie the score, and was fouled in the process. Then with 14.3
seconds left in the game she calmly swished the free throw to win the game for
the Knights over always tough Sycamore 44-43.
"I told myself not to listen to anyone, to just watch the
hoop and bend my legs," Miller said of her free throw. "I've played a lot of
games, but I've never won it like this. This feels so good".
It was a great game. One in which the Knights trailed only
twice. The Knights lead by a much as much as 7 points mid-way through the
fourth quarter, but with a whooping 4:17 minutes still left to play the Knights
went into a stall. That's when everything turned around and Sycamore got back
into the game. With the Knights momentum stopped, Sycamore out scored them 9-0
until Miller performed her magic.
It was close all the way. Tied 11 each at the end of one,
27-26 Kaneland at the half and 37-32 Kaneland going into the fourth quarter.
Sycamore coach Curt Countryman concerned about the way the
Knights have been playing in the tournament had his own strategy entering this
one. He stated before the game, "Wenz is really playing well, but we got
something special planned for her". And he proved right as Shari Wenz despite
getting the first basket, got three fouls in the first three minutes and had to
sit out the rest of the first half and then could not get on track in the
But there were plenty of others to carry the load. Stephanie
Schramer played a solid game scoring in every quarter for 13 points. Ana Miller
added 6 points on back, to back, to back jumpers in the first half, while
Jaymee Terry came up with 5 steals. Kara Miller ended up with 5 points and 7
The Knights had trouble rebounding in the first half with
only 5 boards and three of those grabbed by the guards. But center Trina Kainz
turned into a monster in the second half with 7 rebounds and season high 8
points. "The best game of her varsity career," said Coach Dennis Hansen.
This was a key bench mark for the Knights as they played an
up tempo team with talent and a solid bench. Also Sycamore like Kaneland was
undefeated going into the game.
Shari Wenz was named to the All-tournament team for the