By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornettes basketball team got a key road conference win this past week as they downed the Lady Panthers of Pinckneyville 49-26. The game was the final test for Nashville before they started play in the Mascoutah Girls Invitational Basketball Tournament. The Hornettes record stands at 8-3 as they go into tournament play.
The Hornettes fell behind 4-0 in the game, but never trailed again as they finished the first quarter on an 8-0 run to hold a 8-4 lead at the end of the first. The Hornettes took control in the second quarter of the game as Janie Holle hit a three to begin the quarter. The Hornettes would go on to outscored Pinckneyville 15-6 in the quarter, and they held a 23-10 halftime lead.
The Hornettes defense was stifling in the first as Nashville held Pinckneyville to just three field goals in the first half, two of which came in the first few minutes of the first quarter when Pinckneyville rushed out to a 4-0 lead.
Coming out of halftime, the Hornettes continued to extend their lead as they hit four three pointers in the quarter. The Hornettes got two three pointers from Paige Kasten and one each from Rachael Kell and Holle to put the game out of reach. Nashville outscored Pinckneyville 16-7 in the quarter, and held a 39-17 lead going into the final stanza.
In the fourth, the Hornettes put away Pinckneyville as they cruised to an easy 49-26 win. The Hornettes were led by by Kasten who finished with 17 points in the win. Holle added 15 points in the game to go along with nine rebounds. Libby Ahlers and Kell each finished with six points, as Karly Stanowski finished with five points.
Pinckneyville was led by Megan Breslin with 13 points.
After the game Doug Althoff talked about the team's defense. “I thought it was excellent, we still have a little issue, for some reason we always seem to foul on the shot. But tonight it was hard for anyone to find a bucket, and I thought are defense was very good tonight.”
The Hornettes play in the Mascoutah Tournament starting on December 27. The Hornettes start the new year with a matchup at home against Carbondale on January 3.