By Travis Volz
Fifteen times, a Wayne Harre-coached team has played for a regional title, and 15 times, the teams have brought home a trophy.
That streak was kept intact when the Nashville Hornettes beat Dupo 39-18 in the championship game of the Red Bud Regional Thursday night.
It was a vintage Nashville win, with the Hornettes controlling the game with defense early until the offense began putting points on the board.
“That’s why we preach defense,” Harre said. “Sometimes the shots don’t fall, and this way we can always stay in the game.”
The Hornettes struggled to score in the early going, but Jordi Harre caught fire in the third quarter to spark a run that put the game out of reach.
“In the second half, the shots started falling,” said Harre. “We just relied on our defense to survive that cold stretch early.”
Nashville opened the game with an 8-2 run. Jordi Harre converted a traditional three-point play, and Paige Kasten knocked down a three-pointer during the run.
But Dupo hung around, as the Hornettes struggled to score. The Tigers trailed by just five points at the end of the first half.
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The Hornettes captured Nashville’s 16th straight regional championship with a win over Dupo Thursday night. Front row, from left: Mackenzie McFeron, Brooke Bartling, Rachel Reid, Emily Thompson, Jordi Harre, Alexis Zgonina, Dakota Hunter, Paige Kasten and Rachel Kell. Back row: Coach Bethany Hinkle, Coach Doug Althoff, Coach Wayne Harre, Vanessa Wyciskalla, Janie Holle, Karly Stanowski, Jordan Stiegman, Abby Kempfer, John Becker (trainer) and Coach Dempsey Witte.
Nashville’s Emily Thompson defends the Dupo ball handler during the Hornettes’ win Thursday.