Jr. Hornets Lose Two

By Brent Huelsmann

The NMS Jr. Hornets went 1-2 this past week as they had matchups against Rome, Sparta, and Pinckneyville. The Jr. Hornets started off the week well with a victorty against Rome, before dropping games to Sparta and Pinckneyville. The seventh grade team was also in action, as they defeated Rome, Sparta, and Pinckneyville this past week.

The Jr. Hornets started off slow, but were able to come back in their first matchup of the week against Rome on their way to a 50-46 victory on December 14. The Jr. Hornets trailed 5-14 after the first quarter, but used a huge second quarter to take the lead at halftime. The Jr. Hornets were able to outscore Rome 22-6 in the second quarter to lead 27-20 at the break. Rome made a run in the third quarter to cut the Nashville lead to just two points going into the final quarter. The Jr. Hornets were able to hold on late for a 50-46 victory.

Matt Anderson led the Jr. Hornets with 22 points in the game. Anderson was joined in double figures by Tristen Hercules with 14 points in the contest. Gavin Love chipped in seven points in the game, followed by Gavin Baldwin with six points. Jaxon Goforth scored two points to round out the scoring.

The Jr. Hornets dropped their fifth game of the season on December 15, when they traveled to take on Sparta. The Jr. Hornets started off quick as they outscored Sparta 9-0 in the first quarter. Sparta came back in the second quarter to trim the Nashville lead to just four points going into the break. Nashville couldn't keep the lead in the third quarter as Sparta took the lead. The Jr. Hornets were outscored 3-12 in the third quarter. Nashville couldn't come back in the fourth quarter and dropped the game 28-37.

Hercules led Nashville with 10 points in the game. Baldwin added seven points in the loss for the Jr. Hornets. Anderson and Love each had four points apiece in the loss. J. D. Schubert had three points in the loss to round out the scoring.

Nashville dropped back to back games in a blowout loss to Pinckneyville on December 17. A tie game after the first quarter, Pinckneyville put the game away on their way to a 64-26 win over Nashville. Tied at 8 after the first quarter, Nashville was outscored 5-24 in the second quarter. Nashville was again outscored in the third quarter 4-19. Pinckneyville cruised to a 64-26 victory over Nashville.

Nashville was led by Anderson eight points in the game. Hercules and Preston Dagner each scored four points in the loss. Love and Neil Kabat had three points apiece in the contest. Schubert and Bryce Donato scored two points apiece to round out the scoring.

The seventh grade team defeated Rome on December 14, 56-22. Nashville led 20-2 after the first quarter, before extending their lead to 38-10 at halftime. Nashville cruised in the second half, winning by a score of 56-22. Dagner led the seventh grade team with 12 points. Baldwin added eight points in the game. Will Barczewski and Nolan Heggemeier each had seven points apiece. Donato and Zach Kempfer each added six points apiece in the loss. Aaron Brink added four points, while Ian Blazier scored three points. Kolten Gajewski chipped in two points, and Radyn Schwartzkopf added one point to round out the scoring.

The seventh grade team defeated Sparta 44-17 on December 15, 44-17. Nashville led 11-2 after the first quarter, and 23-8 at halftime. Nashville cruised in the second half, defeating Sparta, 44-17. Barczewski and Dagner led Nashville with eight points apiece. Baldwin scored six points in the win for Nashville, while Heggemeier scored five points. Kempfer and Blazier each added four points in the win. Donato scored three points while Gajewski, Saxton Hoepker, and Schwartzkopf all had two points apiece to round out the scoring.

The seventh grade team ended their week with a 34-20 win over Pinckneyville on December 17. Nashville led 15-3 after the first quarter, and 22-12 at halftime. The Jr. Hornets led 28-16 going into the final stanza, before going onto win by a final score of 34-20. Heggemeier led Nashville with 10 points in the win. Baldwin chipped in eight points, followed by Dagner, Luke Ehret, and Blazier, who all had four points apiece. Donato and Ben Reid each had two points apiece to round out the scoring.