The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornettes took home the third place trophy from the 2016 Class M State Tournament which was held at Rend Lake College this past week.
The Jr. Hornettes started the state tournament with a matchup against the Aviston Lady Eagles. A close game throughout, the Jr. Hornettes staved off a late rally by Aviston to hold on for a 29-26 victory. In a low-scoring game, the Jr. Hornettes took an early 6-5 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Nashville extended their lead and went into halftime leading Aviston 12-9. In the third quarter, the Jr. Hornettes extended their lead to five points going into the final quarter. In the fourth quarter, Aviston made a run, but could not come away with the win, as Nashville held on for a 29-26 victory.
Sabrina Kollbaum led Nashville in the win with 10 points. Reagen Burke added eight points, followed by Addi Gale with five points. Rylee Luechtefeld chipped in four points, and Kinze Fox scored two points to round out the scoring for Nashville.
Nashville moved on to play against Goreville with a berth in the Class M State Championship on the line. The Jr. Hornettes could not overcome a slow first quarter, and lost the game 48-45. Goreville came out quick in the matchup, outscoring Nashville 19-8 in the first quarter. Nashville was able to cut into the Goreville lead in the second quarter, but still trailed 23-15 at halftime. Coming out of the halftime break, Goreville was able to extend their lead to 11 points going into the final stanza. The Jr. Hornettes made a furious rally in the fourth quarter, but came up just short and fell 48-45 to Goreville.
Kollbaum led Nashville with 20 points in the loss. Alyssa Cole also scored in double figures with 14 points in the game. Gale chipped in four points, while Luechtefeld, Fox, and Burke scored two points apiece in the game. Destyn Hausner scored one point to round out the scoring.
Nashville's loss placed them in the third place game against Christopher on January 29. Christopher took an early lead, but was not able to hold on, as Nashville used a big second quarter to take the lead, and went on to win 49-37. The Jr. Hornettes got off to a slow start in the game, as Christopher held a 7-6 lead after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Nashville outsccored Christopher 14-8 to go into the halftime break with a five point lead. Coming out of halftime, neither team could gain an edge as each team scored 14 points in the quarter. In the final quarter, the Jr. Hornettes were able to pull away for a 49-37 victory.
Burke led Nashville in the game with 16 points, followed by Kollbaum with 15 points. Hausner added seven points, while Gale scored five points in the game. Luechtefeld scored four points in the win, and Olivia Cook scored two points for Nashville. The Jr. Hornettes ended the season with a 23-5 record.