Skip to content

Hornettes Finish Fifth In Mascoutah

Hornettes 1 BW.jpg

The Nashville Hornettes girls basketball team took home fifth place in the 30th Annual Mascoutah Girls Basketball Classic. The Hornettes finished 3-1 in the tournament with their only loss coming to Belleville East, who would finish third in the tournament. The Hornettes picked up wins over Centralia, O'Fallon, and Belleville Althoff in the tournament. Highland won the tournament with a victory over Mater Dei. Breese Central won the Consolation Trophy.

In their first game of the tournament, the Hornettes took the lead early, and never looked back as they defeated the Centralia Orphan Annies 51-34. The Hornettes took an early lead in the first quarter, and led by as many as seven, but two quick three pointers from Centralia's Brook Nossett to cut the Nashville lead to just one going into the second quarter of play. In the second quarter, the Hornettes would get four three pointers from Paige Kasten to build an eight point lead at halftime. After halftime, Centralia would not get close as the Hornettes were able to cruise to their first victory of the tournament.

After the game, Hornettes coach Doug Althoff talked about the win. “That's how we win. It's hard for us to not have multiple players have a decent night. It's always about the other end, I always say about defense, and I think we did a good job defensively against them. Hopefully we keep going because we are playing ok right now. You always can do things better, but we've come a long way since the Carterville game, and they're starting to buy into it and they are doing a good job."

Leading the way for Nashville was Kasten, who finished with 22 points in the win. Libby Ahlers added 13 points, followed by Rachael Kell and Karly Stanowski who finished with seven points apiece. Janie Holle finished with two points in the win.

The Hornettes next action in the tournament was up against Belleville East on December 28. This time the Hornettes fell behind early, and could not complete the comeback as they fell to the Lady Lancers 59-44.

Belleville East jumped out to a big lead early, as they took an 11-2 lead in the early minutes of the game, by the end of the first, the Lady Lancers would lead 15-6 over the Hornettes. Although the Hornettes would fall behind 19-8 midway through the quarter, the Hornettes would make a run. The Hornettes got six points from Kasten, two points from Holle and a point each from Ahlers and Stanowski for a 10-0 run to cut the Lady Lancer's lead to just one point. As time wound down before half, Belleville East would make another run and lead 27-22 at halftime.

After halftime, the Hornettes would not be able to make another run, as Belleville East took control of the game as the Lady Lancers led by at least seven points the rest of the game, and put away the Hornettes 59-44.

The Hornettes were led by Holle with 13 points in the game. Stanowski added 12 points to join Holle in double figures. Kasten finished with eight points, while Ahlers finished with five points. Rounding out the scoring for Nashville was, Kell with four points, and Kylie Kozuszek with two points.

The Hornettes third game of the tournament, was an early morning affair against O'Fallon, who had beaten Nashville in the Mascoutah Tournament last season. The Hornettes needed a big comeback after falling behind in the second quarter, but took the game 54-51.

The Hornettes had a lead early, in a back-and-forth first quarter. Nashville held the lead through the majority of the first quarter, with O'Fallon right on their heels. In the second, O'Fallon took the lead as they began the quarter on an 11-1 run to take a 23-15 lead. The Hornettes would make a small run to end the half, and went into the break down 23-18.

In the second half, the Hornettes came out on fire as they began the half on a 13-0 run to build a eight point lead in the early portion of the third quarter. The Hornettes largest lead was 37-26, but O'Fallon ended the third on a 6-2 run to cut the Hornettes lead to 39-32 going into the final stanza.

In the fourth, O'Fallon would cut the lead to three early, but the Hornettes again pulled away, even without Stanowski, who had fouled out early in the fourth quarter. The Hornettes would make eleven of their 17 free throws in the fourth, to hold on for a victory 54-51 victory.

After a slow first half, Coach Doug Althoff talked about what he told his team at halftime. "What I told them was, as bad as we played that first half, you're actually still in this game is what I told them. They responded and had a great third quarter, and kind of got a little tight there at the end, but we held on and thats good. They turned up the heat, you know we made enough free throws and got a couple easy buckets there and you know, always make it exciting."

The Hornettes finished with three players in double figures, as Ahlers finished with 13 points, Stanowski with 12 points, and Kasten with 11 points. Kell finished with eight points in the win, followed by Sophie Heck with dix points and Holle with four points.

The Hornettes final game of the tournament was the fifth place game against Belleville-Althoff. Belleville-Althoff defeated Okawville to make it to the fifth place game. The Hornettes got off to a fast start and held on late for a 39-31 victory.

The Hornettes started out quick, as they scored the first seven points of the game, and led the game 10-5 after eight minutes of play. In the second quarter, Althoff quickly cut the Hornettes lead to two, but Nashville was able to build their lead back up to five as the teams headed into the locker room at halftime.

In the third, Althoff came out of the locker room and made a run,as their defense stifled the Hornettes. The Lady Crusaders outscored Nashville 15-9 in the quarter, and took a one point lead into the final quarter of play.

The Hornettes began the fourth with an 9-0 run, which was highlighted by four points from Kell, three points from Kasten, and two points from Stanowski. With a 38-30 lead, the Hornettes were able to hold on down the stretch for a 39-31 victory.

Coach Doug Althoff talked about his team's performance after the game. “You couldn't ask for anymore than that. Both teams were exhausted, a little tired and we just gutted it out. That's what you've got to do. You just grind it out and grind it out and hopefully you come out on top. I'm very pleased with the effort, a good win for us."

The Hornettes were led in the game by Stanowski who finished with 16 points in the win. Kasten added 12 points, followed by Kell with seven points. Holle and Ahlers each finished with two points in the win.

Hornettes 3 BW.jpg

Janie Holle dribbles around a Belleville East defender during the Hornets second round loss to the Lady Lancers on December 28.

Hornettes 2 C.jpg

Libby Ahlers dribbles down the lane during the Hornettes opening round win over the Centralia Orphan Annies on December 27.

Karly Stanowski battles down low with Centralia’s Latavia Maines during the Hornettes opening round win over Centralia at the Mascoutah Girls Basketball Tournament.