By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Middle School basketball team got underway as the “B” team, which consists of only sixth and seventh graders, competed in the Whiteside (Belleville) Tournament. The Jr. Hornets came away with first place in the tournament after going 3-0.
The team got their season underway as they took on Emge on October 13. The Jr. Hornets won the game by a score of 28-23 even though the team got off to a slow start. Nashville fell behind early by eight points, and trailed after the first quarter 2-8. The Jr. Hornets offense and defense came alive in the second quarter as Nashville outscored Emge 12-2 to take a 14-10 lead into halftime. The Jr. Hornets defense stayed aggressive in the third quarter, not allowing any points. Going into the fourth with a 24-10 advantage, Nashville was able to close it out by a score of 28-18. Leading scorer for Nashville was Jaxon Goforth who finished with 8 points. Gavin Baldwin scored 6 points for the Jr. Hornets with all of his points coming from the free throw line. Both Nolan Heggemeier and Bryce Donato chipped in 4 points in the game. Will Barczewski, Michael Combs, and Luke Ehret all finished with 2 points in the game.
Nashville then took on tournament hosts Whiteside on October 14. Both teams got off to a slow start in the game as the Jr. Hornets trailed after one quarter 1-2. The low scoring contest continued into halftime as the Jr. Hornets trailed 3-4 at the break. Nashville came alive after halftime, outscoring Whiteside 8-3 to take an 11-7 lead into the fourth quarter. Both teams had their best offensive quarter, in the fourth as Whiteside put up 10 points, but it was not enough to overtake the Jr. Hornets as Nashville was led by Goforth, who put up 7 points alone in the fourth quarter. Nashville was able to outscore Whiteside in the fourth 13-10 in the fourth to win 24-17. Nashville was led by Goforth who finished the game with 10 points. Baldwin was second on the team with 6 points in the contest. Donato, Heggemeier, Ehret, and Combs rounded out the scoring for the Jr. Hornets as they each chipped in two points.
The last matchup of the tournament, saw Nashville defeat Pontiac by a score of 28-21. The game was close throughout the first half as Nashville and Pontiac were tied at 6 after the first quarter. Pontiac pulled out to a slim lead in the second quarter as the Jr. Hornets went into halftime, down by a point. After halftime, Nashville came out and took control of the game, outscoring Pontiac 10-2 in the third quarter, led by 8 points from Goforth. The Jr. Hornets maintained the lead throughout the fourth and won the game 28-21. Goforth finished with a team-high 13 points in the game. Baldwin added another 5 points for the Jr. Hornets. Both Donato and Heggemeier scored 4 points and Preston Dagner added 2 points to round out the scoring.
The NMS boys basketball team is off, until October 26 when they begin play in the Okawville Tournament.