By Brent Huelsmann
The Jr. Hornets eighth grade team kept up its winning ways this week, while the seventh grade team went 1-1, as each team took on Murphysboro and Central City.
The eighth grade team started off the week against Central City on December 1. The Jr. Hornets took control in the first quarter holding a four point lead early. The Jr. Hornets were able to extend their lead to 26-12 at halftime. Central City cut the Nashville lead to eight points going into the final stanza. Nashville was able to win 49-41.
Carson Parker led the Hornets with 22 points in the game. Tristen Hercules added 11 points in the game, while Matt Anderson joined Parker and Hercules in double figures with 10 points. Neil Kabat scored four points, and Gavin Baldwin scored two points in the win
The eighth grade team was back in action against Murphysboro on December 3. After holding just a two point lead at the end of the first quarter, the Jr. Hornets were able to pull away in the second quarter. The two point lead swelled to a 14 point lead at halftime. A low scoring third quarter, saw a total of eight points, with the Jr. Hornets outscoring Murphysboro 6-2. Nashville was able to cruise onto a 36-13 win.
Parker led Nashville with 14 points in the game. Both Anderson and Hercules each scored in double figures as well with 10 points apiece. Jaxon Goforth had two points in the win for the Jr. Hornets. The eighth grade team's record stands at 9-3 on the season.
The seventh grade team also started off the week against Murphysboro on December 1 against Central City. The Jr. Hornets took a 10-0 lead after the first quarter. The Jr. Hornets lead swelled to twenty points at halftime, and led by 21 points after the third quarter. The Jr. Hornets cruised in the fourth on their way to a 48-19 win.
Baldwin led Nashville with 10 points. Preston Dagner, Goforth, and Nolan Heggemeier each added eight points. Kolten Gajewski scored four points, while Bryce Donato, and Aaron Brink each added two points.
In their second game of the week, Nashville was outscored by nine points in the first quarter. The Jr. Hornets trailed by 16 at halftime. Nashville cut the lead to 14 points going into the fourth quarter, but could not get any closer. Murphysboro closed out the game and won 49-35.
Baldwin led the Jr. Hornets with 12 points. Heggemeier scored 10 points. Dagner had four points, followed by Ian Blazier with three points. Donato, Goforth, and Zach Kempfer each had two points .