Sauk’s Hendley and Nicklaus, Kish’s Cox back on same court

Former Duchesses together again

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(Alex T. Paschal/apaschal@saukvalley.com)
Sauk Valley freshman Sheldeen Joseph drives past Kishwaukee's Sinclair Cunningham on Thursday in Dixon. Joseph made the shot but received a technical foul for taunting following the play, and the Skyhawks lost 58-37.

DIXON – There was a Dixon High School reunion Thursday at Sauk Valley Community College.

Former Dixon standouts Catie Cox, Becca Hendley and Holly Nicklaus were together again. Hendley and Nicklaus are Sauk Valley teammates, while Cox is a freshman at Kishwaukee.

Cox and company got the better of things, as the Kougars, who were donning pink uniforms, rolled to a 58-37 Arrowhead Conference win. It was the second time this season the trio met on the hardwood, as Kishwaukee (22-6, 10-0), ranked eighth among Division II programs, thumped the Skyhawks 77-46 on Jan. 24.

"I had to tell myself that Catie's not on my team anymore," said Hendley, who did not score but had a team-high six rebounds. "The first time we played, there were a couple times I almost passed her the ball. It's just instinct."

"It's always nice playing against somebody you grew up playing with," said Nicklaus, who scored a team-high 14 points. "It kind of stinks, though, because they know what you're going to do. But, it was really nice to play with both of them again."

Cox came off the bench for the Kougars. She did not score. Hendley and Cox are 2012 Dixon grads, and Nicklaus is a 2011 grad.

"I got a little used to it because we played them already at home, but it was interesting," Cox said of facing her former schoolmates. "It was definitely weird being opponents instead of teammates."

Sauk (13-12) was without leading scorer Lydia Box, who suffered a concussion in Tuesday's game. The Skyhawks also lost Sheldeen Joseph to ejection, when she was whistled for her second technical foul, for taunting with 7:14 remaining.

Brianna Richardson scored 11 points for Sauk, which trailed 23-13 at the half.

Tami Morice scored a game-high 31 points for Kishwaukee, going 18-for-20 at the free-throw line. Teammate Sinclair Cunningham had 11 points.

Star of the game: Tami Morice, Kishwaukee, 31 points, 18-for-20 FTs

Key performers: Holly Nicklaus, Sauk, 14 points; Sinclair Cunningham, Kishwaukee, 11 points; Brianna Richardson, Sauk, 11 points

Up next: Kankakee at Sauk Valley, 5 p.m. Saturday

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