Athletic Event

Sauk Valley Community College

Sauk Valley's big second quarter dooms Chiefs

Sauk Valley's big second quarter dooms Chiefs

Conference: No

Opponent: Skyhawks at Chiefs
83 - 69 (W)

(Sugar Grove, IL.) – Visiting Sauk Valley Community College utilized a big second quarter to propel them to an 83-69 win over Waubonsee Community College’s women’s basketball team. The Skyhawks (3-4) outscored the Chiefs (3-6) in the second period 20-7 and then held off Waubonsee in the final quarter to secure the victory.

Both teams came out firing on all cylinders in the first quarter. Paced by Mozelle Kempiak’s 10 first quarter points, Waubonsee connected on 9 of 14 shots (64 percent). Meanwhile Sauk Valley was nearly as good, making 9 of 15 (60 percent) shot attempts. Tied at 23-all heading into the second quarter, the Skyhawks then turned up their defensive pressure and put the Chiefs’ offense in a vice. Sauk Valley limited Waubonsee to just two baskets on the way to snaring a 43-30 lead at the break. The Skyhawks’ one-two punch of Indiana natives Dabriona Williams (17 points) and Kennedy Kuykendall (13 points) accounted for 70 percent of Sauk Valley’s first half total.

The duo then helped the visitors grab their biggest lead of the game at 56-36 midway through the third quarter. Waubonsee trailed 65-47 heading into the final stanza before starting to chip away at the deficit. Midway through the fourth quarter the Chiefs trailed by 13 and had some momentum as four Sauk Valley starters got into foul trouble. A three-pointer by Lauren Goff that would have brought Waubonsee to within 10 points went halfway down the cylinder as it circled the rim twice, then it spun back up and rolled around the lip of the rim twice before slowly falling off.  The strange shot seemed to take the wind out of Waubonsee’s sails as the Chiefs misfired on their next five shots, committed a costly turnover and Kempiak was whistled for her fourth personal foul. Sauk Valley then nailed six free throws over the final two minutes as Waubonsee never got closer than 11 points the rest of the way.     

Alexis VanWyhe led Waubonsee with 20 points and five rebounds. Kempiak added 14 points before fouling out with 2:46 remaining. Taseandra Parker finished with a dozen points, seven boards and three assists, while Goff chipped in with 10 points, six assists and three steals. Williams led all scorers with 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Skyhawks won the rebounding battle 44-27. Kuykendall tallied 22 points and hauled down seven boards, while Jaida Carson booked 16 points, eight rebounds and five assists.

The Chiefs will be in action again this Saturday, December 3 when they travel to Champaign to take on perennial junior college power Parkland College at 2:00 p.m. Waubonsee returns home next Tuesday, December 6 when they host Aurora University’s Junior Varsity. Tipoff is set for 6:00 p.m. in Waubonsee’s Erickson Hall Gymnasium.