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Jr. Hornettes Tip Off

The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornettes basketball team has gotten off to a fast start so far this season. The Jr. Hornettes opened up the season with a loss against Centralia, but rattled off three straight wins before falling to All Saints in the Okawville Tournament.

Nashville began the season on October 24 with a 38-30 loss to Centralia. The Jr. Hornettes were led by Alyssa Cole with nine points in the loss. Reagen Burke added eight points, followed by Ashlyn Frazier with seven and Whitley Hunter finished with six points. The JV team won their game against Centralia 31-22.

The Jr. Hornettes got their first win of the season with a 42-10 victory over Casey Jr. High, Mt. Vernon. Nashville got off to a great start as they outscored Casey Jr. High 9-2. The Jr. Hornettes blew the game open in the second quarter, and took a 22-6 lead into halftime. The Jr. Hornettes continued the blowout in the second half, cruising to a 42-10 win. Nashville was led by Cole, who finished with fourteen points for the Jr.Hornettes. Cole was joined in double figures by Reagen Burke, who had thirteen points. Frazier scored four points followed by Sami Edwards scored three points. Kiley Heidel, Havalen Pierce, Brianna Schorfheide, and Hunter each had two points to round out the scoring for Nashville.

The Jr. Hornettes won their second straight game with a 40-13 blowout win over Murphysboro on October 31. The Hornettes took control early, as they outscored Murphysboro 10-1 in the first quarter. The Jr. Hornettes extended their lead in the second quarter, and went into halftime with a 21-9 lead. The Jr. Hornettes continued the onslaught in the second half, outscoring Murphysboro 19-4 over the final two quarters. Nashville finished with a very balanced attack with nine players scoring for the Jr. Hornettes. Hunter was the only Nashville player in double figures, as she finished with 10 points. Cole added nine points, followed by Schorfheide with six points. Burke chipped in five points, while Edwards added four points. Janisha Bailey and Heidel each had two points, while Frazier and Emme Paszkiewicz finished with one point apiece in the win.

The Jr. Hornettes next action came in the Okawville Tournament. Nashville began the tournament with a 32-19 win over their Washington County rival Okawville. The Jr. Hornettes took the lead in the first, outscoring Okawville 10-7. A close game, the Jr. Hornettes were able to double their lead in the second quarter, and led by six at half. Nashville continued to slowly build their lead in the second half, as they outscored Okawville 7-5 in the third quarter. Nashville sealed the win in the fourth, to win their first game of the tournament. Burke led Nashville with 15 points in the win. Cole added seven points followed by Edwards with four points. Frazier, Schorfheide and Hunter each finished with two points in the win.

The Jr. Hornettes three game winning streak came to an end with a narrow 36-34 loss to All Saints on November 2. All Saints was able to grab a 9-7 after the first quarter, but Nashville kept the game close. At half, All Saints led 19-16. The two teams stayed even in the third quarter, setting up a thrilling final stanza. In the fourth, Nashville was able to outscore All Saints but could not complete the comeback, as they suffered a two point loss, 36-34. Burke finished with 13 points to lead the Jr. Hornettes. Frazier and Cole each added seven points, followed by Edwards with four points. Schorfheide rounded out the scoring with three points.