Nashville’s Paige Kasten (3) and Emily Thompson (11) guard Okawville’s Mallory Unverfehrt during the Hornettes’ win over the Lady Rockets Saturday.
By Travis Volz
Scoring can be streaky, but defense never gets cold.
That philosophy has served the Nashville Hornettes well over the years, and it did so again Saturday when they beat Okawville 48-24.
Nashville’s opening salvo proved decisive, as the Hornettes started the game on a 14-0 run that put them in control early.
“We started out of the gate with a lot of energy,” Nashville coach Wayne Harre said. “They made a little run at us, but it was a good defensive effort.”
The Lady Rockets only attempted four shots in the first quarter and turned the ball over seven times, allowing Nashville to build a commanding early lead.
With both teams relying heavily on young players, growing pains are often in evidence on the floor.
“Both teams have a lot of freshmen and sophomores playing, so you’re dealing with a lot of mistakes,” Wayne Harre said.
One of those freshman had a big game for the Hornettes, as Karly Stanowski poured in 14 points to lead her team’s offense.
The Hornettes took control of the game early. Janie Holle and Jordi Harre scored the first points of the game, and Stanowski dropped in a pair of free throws. Emily Thompson hit another from the charity stripe, Jordi Harre hit a 3-pointer and another shot, and Holle scored again to complete Nashville’s 14-0 run.
The scoring slowed down in the second quarter. Thompson knocked down five of her six free throw attempts, and Jordi Harre scored four points to make it a 23-6 game at the break.
Stanowski did the heavy lifting for the Hornettes in the third quarter, scoring seven of her team’s eight points in the period. She added five more points in the game’s final stanza to help her team notch the win.
Jordi Harre scored a dozen points in the win, and Thompson added six more for Nashville.
For Okawville (5-11), freshman Madison Hackstadt led the scoring with six points.
The Hornettes (11-4) started a three-game home stand when they hosted Carbondale Tuesday. DuQuoin will be in town Thursday before Anna-Jonesboro visits Assembly Hall Monday.
Fast Start Lifts Hornettes To Win