By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornets boys basketball team began the season in the Lebanon/Wesclin Thanksgiving Tournament with two wins this past week, as they defeated Father McGivney and Columbia.
The Hornets started the season, with a blowout win over the Father McGivney Griffins. The Hornets got off to a fast start, as they rushed out to a 17-0 lead. By the end of the first, the Hornets led 28-4, behind 10 points from senior Ryan Brink. The Hornets kept their foot on the pedal in the second, as they continued to build their lead. The Hornets outscored Father McGivney 18-3 in the second quarter to hold a 46-7 halftime lead. The only points for the Griffins in the second quarter, was on a last second buzzer beater from Dan Jones. It was more of the same in the second half, as the Hornets outscored the Griffins 18-4 in the third quarter, and 6-1 in the fourth to cruise to a 70-12 victory.
The Hornets played every player off the bench in this contest, and Langdon Briles came off the bench to lead Nashville in scoring. Briles finished with 16 points in the contest. Brink and Brogan Kemp joined Briles in double figures, as Brink finished with 14 points, and Kemp finished with 12 points. Bryce Bultman scored seven points, followed by both Hayden Heggemeier and Carson Parker who scored six points apiece. Brandon Schnitker scored four points in the win for the Hornets, while Trevor Meier finished with three points. Dale Anderson scored two points for Nashville.
After the game, Hornets coach Brad Weathers, talked about the team effort. “We really didn't know what to expect, I think it is their first year of varsity ball, and our guards were able to get out there and get after them early, everybody did, we got them to turn it over, and got a big lead early, and all 10 guys we had dressed contributed heavily tonight.”
The Hornets next contest was up against Columbia on Saturday, November 26. The Hornets suffered their lone loss in the Lebanon/Wesclin Tournament to Columbia last season. The Hornets got their revenge this season, as they used a huge fourth quarter to defeat the Eagles 46-38. A close game throughout, the Hornets rushed out to an 11-5 lead, before Columbia scored the final seven points of the quarter to take a one point lead at the end of the first. In the second quarter, both teams, battled but a late three point basket by Columbia gave Columbia a 22-20 lead going into halftime. In the third, both teams battled, but neither team gained on the other, as Columbia kept a two point lead going into the final stanza. In the fourth, the Hornets trailed throughout, but Nashville scored 12 of the final 14 points to pull away late for an eight point victory.
Kemp lead the Hornets with 15 points in the win. Brink added nine points, followed by Bultman with eight points. Heggemeier scored seven points, while Briles finished with four points. Schnitker rounded out the scoring with three points for the Hornets.