By Travis Volz
Playing four games at the Mascoutah Tournament is no small feat, considering the level of competition. The Nashville Hornettes were able to do just that, winning their first two games before dropping two to finish fourth overall in the holiday tournament.
Nashville opened the tournament with wins over Belleville-East and Carbondale before falling to Central and Mater Dei Monday.
In the tournament’s first day Friday, the Hornettes edged Belleville-East 42-40 to advance into the championship bracket.
Even with a suffocating defensive effort that gave up just two points in the second quarter, Nashville was unable to pull away from the Lancers. The Hornettes sealed the deal from the charity stripe, connecting on nine of 12 free throws in the fourth quarter to claim the win.
Jordi Harre did the heavy lifting for the Hornettes with 18 points, including six of seven free throws in the decisive fourth quarter.
East scored just two points in the second quarter against Nashville, but the Hornettes struggled to put the ball in the bucket as well and were unable to open a lead.
It was tight for most of the second half before Nashville put it away from the line in the fourth quarter.
For More, Please Read The December 31, 2014 Edition Of The Nashville News.
Mackenzie McFeron puts up a shot against Carbondale a the Mascoutah Tournament last weekend.