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Scouting Report: Kaneland

Coach: Ernie Colombe, (Sixth season, 62-98)

Last season: 20-10, 7-3 Northern Illinois Big 12 East (second)

Postseason result: Lost, 43-31, to Belvidere North in the Class 3A Sycamore Sectional final

Key Returners: Emma Bradford, sr., F; Lexee Guerra, sr., PG; Ashley Prost, sr., F; Allyson O'Herron, sr., G

Impact Newcomers: Caroline Heimerdinger, jr., G; Ally VanBogaert, so., C; Vanessa Gould, fr., F

Outlook: The Knights looked on as Belvidere North celebrated their 43-31 Class 3A Sectional final win over Kaneland and saw possibilities for the 2012-13 season. Kaneland brings back several contributors, including four seniors who will bolster their starting lineup. They knew at that point they’d have a chance to make a deep run this season.

It won’t be an easy road for Kaneland to dethrone DeKalb, but Colombe thinks his team has the depth to hang with anyone in the NI Big 12 East.

Colombe’s take: “I think we’re even more versatile now in terms of the lineups we can run out there. We were deep last year, I think we’re deeper this year … Our conference is really tough in girls basketball and we’re going to have a tough schedule, but we’re going to have to compete night in and night out.”

- Anthony Zilis, sports@daily-chronicle.com

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