After winning their first twelve games of the season, the Nashville Middle School eighth grade Jr. Hornets suffered their first loss of the season, 42-34, against DuQuoin on December 8. The eighth grade team bounced back with a 56-26 win over Rome on December 12. The eighth grade team’s record is now 13-1
The seventh grade Jr. Hornets won two straight as they were able to defeat DuQuoin, 30-12, on December 8, and defeat Rome 47-23 on December 12 to push their record to 12-1.
The Jr. Hornets found themselves in a peculiar position on Thursday night, as they had to play from behind. DuQuoin was able to grab the lead early, but could not pull away. The Jr. Hornets trailed 8-7 at the end of the first quarter, and 21-19 at the halftime break. Nashville was able to come out in the third quarter and tie the game going into the fourth, but DuQuoin pulled away in the final quarter, outscoring Nashville 13-5. DuQuoin took the game by a final of 42-34.
The Jr. Hornets were led in the game by Jaxon Goforth and Preston Dagner as they each finished with nine points. Cole Malawy scored eight points fro Nashville followed by Gavin Baldwin with five points. Ian Blazier rounded out the scoring with three points.
In the seventh grade game, the Jr. Hornets came away with a 30-12 victory. Blazier led Nashville with seven points in the win, followed by Nolan Heggemeier with six points. Aaron Brink, Michael Combs, and Hayden Robinson each scored four points, followed by Kolten Gajewski with three points. Ben Reid scored two points to end the scoring for Nashville.
The eighth grade team got back on the winning track as they defeated Rome 56-26 on December 12. The Jr. Hornets outscored Rome 17-2 in the first quarter and never looked back as they came away with a 30 point victory.
The Jr. Hornets were led by Dagner with 13 points in the win. Malawy joined Dagner in double figures with 12 points, followed by Goforth and Baldwin with eight points apiece. Camden Ritzel added seven points while Luke Ehret, Blazier, Heggemeier and Gajewski each finished with two points.
In the seventh grade game, the Jr. Hornets came away with a 47-23 victory. Heggemeier led the team with 11 points, followed by Blazier with nine points. Combs added seven points, while Brink, Gajewski, Saxton Hoepker, and Robinson each scored four points. Reid and Radyn Schwartzkopf each scored two points to round out the scoring.