Hornettes Place 4th In Nashville Thanksgiving Tournament

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Hornettes Place 4th In NIT

The TSJ/ILS Titans Girls Basketball team kept up its winning ways by defeating Trinity Hoffman, Central City, and St. Ann.

The TSJ/ILS Titans A-Team took on Trinity Hoffman on November 16. The game was dominated by TSJ/ILS as the Titans jumped out to an early 18-2 lead on their way to a 54-9 victory. The Titans were led by Delaney Toensing with 19 points in the game. Taylor Rapp scored 12 points in the contest for the Titans. Katie May scored nine points in the game, while Cayla Krueger chipped in six points for TSJ/ILS. Grace Foster scored four points and Halle Rueter and Hanna Niedbalski added two points apiece.

The Titans were back in action November 23 against Central City in a high scoring matchup. The Titans trailed by four after the first quarter but the Titans came out on fire in the second quarter. The Titans outscored Central City 16-9 in the second quarter to take a 22-19 lead at halftime. The third quarter belonged to the Titans as they outscored Central City 16-6 to hold a 13 point lead going into the final stanza. Central City put up a fight in the fourth but were not able to come all the way back as the Titans were able to hold onto a 48-45 win.

Toensing scored 22 points for the Titans to lead the team. Taylor Rapp scored 12 points in the contest. Foster added seven points for the Titans, Katie May added four points and Krueger scored three points to round out the scoring in the game for the Titans.

The Titans went up against St. Ann on November 24. Again, the Titans came out on fire outscoring St. Ann 16-3 in the first quarter. St. Ann would not go down quietly, as the Saints came out in the second quarter and outscored the Titans 15-2 to tie the game at halftime. TSJ/ILS put the game away in the third quarter, outscoring St. Ann 21-2. The Titans cruised in the fourth quarter to a 52-24 win.

Taylor Rapp led all scorers with 25 points in the contest. Toensing also scored in double figures with 16 points in the game. Foster chipped in 5 points, Krueger scored four points and Megan Rennegarbe scored two points in the contest.

Abby Wesselman scored 12 points to lead St. Ann in the game, seven of which came in the second quarter. Delaney Varel scored six points for St. Ann, all of which came in the second quarter. Kyleigh Guizzy, Abby Maschhoff, and Anastasia Aydt all scored two points to round out the scoring for St. Ann in the game.

In B-team action TSJ/ILS defeated Trinity Hoffman 25-22. Krueger led the team with 10 points followed by Katie May with five points. Rueter and Niedbalski each scored four points apiece and Rennegarbe scored two points in the game. The B-team lost their next game against Central City 19-20. Katie May led the Titans with seven points. Krueger and Rennegarbe each added four points and Niedbalski added three points in the game. The B-team played their last game of before Thanksgiving break as they defeated St. Ann 31-8. Katie May led the Titans with 11 points in the game. Rennegarbe added eight points. Krueger scored five points. Kris May and Rueter each scored two points. Niedbalski scored one point in the game.

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Mackenzie McFeron tries to add space between herself and a Collinsville defender during the third place game at the 9th Annual Girls Nashville Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament, which was held on Saturday, November 28. The Hornettes dropped the game by two points to the defending tournament champion.

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Karly Stanowski posts up against a Collinsville defender during the third place game of the NIT.

Rachael Kell looks to pass to a teammate during a close game against the Collinsville Kahoks

By Brent Huelsmann

After winning their first two games of the Nashville Girls Thanksgiving Invitational Tournament, the Hornettes would drop their last two games, to finish in fourth place. The Hornettes began the tournament defeating Wesclin and Okawville before dropping games to Mascoutah and Collinsville. Mascoutah took home the championship after defeating Massac County in the championship game. Defending champion Collinsivlle took home third place.

The Hornettes second game of the season, matched Nashville up against Okawville. The Hornettes would come out strong in the game, rushing out to a 6-0 lead on the strength of free-throw shooting. The Hornettes would push the lead to eight points after the end of the first quarter. As the second quarter started, both teams struggled from the field. The Hornettes were able to extend their lead before halftime, stretching their lead to 10 points.

Okawville came out in the second half, and closed the gap. The Hornettes could not get their shot to fall thoughout the third quarter going 2-7 from the field. The Hornettes also committed six turnovers in the quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the Hornettes 10 point halftime lead, was trimmed to just four points.

As the final stanza started, the Hornettes relied on Karly Stanowski and Mackenzie McFeron to push the lead back up to nine points, as the Hornettes went on a 9-4 run to open up the quarter. Down the stretch the Hornettes were able to make their free throws to put the game out of reach and won by a final score of 38-27.

The Hornettes made 78% of their free throws in the game, led by Janie Holle who was 4-4 in the game. Stanowski went 6-8 from the line in the contest. Paige Kasten was 2-3 from the line, while McFeron went 3-4 shooting free throws.

After the game, Coach Doug Althoff praised the free throw shooting. “Free throws are huge, and it’s not so much at the end either, you have to make them all throughout the game. You look back at games where you lose by two, and you may have missed ten free throws in the first half.”

McFeron led the Hornettes with 16 points in the game. Stanowski added 10 points in the contest. Janie Holle scored six points in the game while Paige Kasten, Vanessa Wyciskalla, and Carli Hoffman added two points apiece.

The win for the Hornettes set up a showdown with Mascoutah for a birth in the championship game of the tournament. The Hornettes and Mascoutah both came into the game with two wins in pool play as they each knocked off Wesclin and Okawville. The Hornettes could not get anything going, outside of Stanowski and McFeron in the game. The two sophomores combined for every point scored by Nashville in the game. The Hornettes would go onto lose the game by a final of 24-31. Stanowski had 14 points in the game. McFeron ended the game with 10 points. The loss placed the Hornettes in the third place game against defending tournament champion, Collinsville.

In the third place game, the Hornettes gave a much more experienced Collinsville team all they could handle in a close game. The Kahoks were able to squeak out to a one point lead after the first quarter. The Hornettes were able to take a lead in the second quarter and hold onto to a five point lead at halftime. Coming out of halftime, Collinsville was able to grab the lead back, outscoring the Hornettes by nine points in the third quarter. Down by four going into the fourth quarter, the Hornettes could not come all the way back as they lost the game 44-46.

In the game the Hornettes made seven three pointers, led by Kasten with four. Kasten was one of three Hornettes players in double figures with 13 points. Stanowski scored 12 points, with half coming from the free throw line. McFeron scored 10 points in the contest, notching one three pointer and going 5-6 from the free throw line. Holle scored four points in the game. Rachael Kell chipped in three points, and Hoffman scored two points in the game.

The Hornettes record stands at 2-2 on the season. The team plays Anna-Jonesboro at home Tuesday night before going on the road to Sparta on December 8.