Hornettes Struggle At Highland Tournament

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Mackenzie McFeron dribbles down the court during the Hornettes win at the Highland Tournament over the Wesclin Warriors.

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By Brent Huelsmann

After falling to Hillsboro in the opening round of the 30th Annual Scott Credit Union Highland Girls Basketball Tournament, the Hornettes moved over to the consolation bracket with hopes of winning the consolation championship.

In a rematch of an earlier game this season, the Hornettes were able to defeat Weclin 35-31. The Hornettes jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the first, before Wesclin got on the board. Wesclin got within one, but the Hornettes were able to get a three pointer by Mackenzie McFeron for a four point lead after the first quarter. The second quarter, saw Weclin finally grab the lead on a three pointer with 2:58 left in the half. Wesclin could not hold the lead very long, as Karly Stanowski gave Nashville the lead with 1:36 left in the half. The Hornettes would go into halftime with a 16-15 lead.

Coming out of halftime, the Hornettes took control in the third quarter, stretching their lead out to six points, their largest of the game, going into the final stanza. The six point lead for Nashville was quickly erased in the fourth quarter, as Wesclin tied the game with 6:09 remaining in the game. With the game tied, Stanowski gave the Hornettes a two point lead, followed up by a McFeron three pointer. A free throw from Stanowski capped off a 7-0 run by Nashville to take control of the game. The Hornettes would make their free throws down the stretch and hold on for a four point win.

Coach Althoff talked about the win, “it wasn't pretty, but sometimes you have those nights wehre you can't make one, and we just had that. We weren't very good from the firled and we weren't very good from the line, but we always talk about if you play defense you always have a chance to win and that's what happened tonight.

Two Hornettes were in double figures, as McFeron led the team with 13 points followed by Stanowski with 10 points. Janie Holle scored eight points, while Paige Kasten added four points in the win.

The Hornettes then moved to the next round of the consolation bracket. A defensive struggle throughout, turnovers plagued both teams. In the end, Taylorville was able to come away with a 41-34 victory, as they eliminated Nashville.

Both teams started off slow, but Nashville held a slim 9-8 lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter the Hornettes were able to extend their lead to 21-17 at the halftime break. In the second half, Taylorville was able to come back, as they outscored Nashville 24-13 in the second half. The Hornettes struggled offensively in the third quarter, but still held a one point lead going into the final quarter. The final quarter was dominated by Taylorville, as they outscored Nashville 17-9 on their way to a 41-34 victory.

McFeron led Nashville with nine points in the game. Kasten and Holle scored seven points apiece in the game followed by Stanowski with six points. Rachael Kell scored five points to round out the scoring for Nashville.