By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Jr. Hornets boys basketball team picked up two wins this past week over Trico and Carlyle to move their record to 4-2 on the season. The Jr. Hornets seventh grade team picked up one win as they defeated Trico, but fell to Carlyle.
Nashville’s first action of the week was at Trico as the Jr. Hornets had to overcome an early deficit to grab a 37-29 win. Trico led for a lot of the first half, as they held a 9-8 lead over the Jr. Hornets after one quarter of play, and were able to maintain the one point advantage at the halftime break.
Nashville took control in the third quarter as they outscored Trico 9-2 to take the lead. In the fourth, a comeback was not in the cards as the Jr. Hornets went on for the 37-29 win.
A balanced scoring effort by Nashville, as no one reached double figures for the Jr. Hornets. Aaron Brink led the way with nine points, followed by Hayden Robinson with eight points. Michael Combs added seven points, followed by Kolten Gajewski finished with six points. Nolan Heggemeier scored five points in the win, and Lucas Knepp rounded out the scoring with two points.
In the seventh grade matchup, the Jr. Hornets defeated Trico 38-33. Bennett Briles scored nine points, followed by Rylan Hammer with eight points. Trey Reinburg scored seven points while Aidan Heiman scored six points. Carson Cook finished with four points, and both Kaden Gajewski and Blaine Emrick scored two points.
The Jr. Hornets next eighth grade matchup was at the 21st Annual Feeder School Shootout. Carlyle came out on fire,, but could not get the win as Nashville took the 49-29 win over the Indians.
Carlyle came out of the gate quick, as they took an early 12-3 lead over the Jr. Hornets. Nashville would make a bit of a run at the end of the first to cut the Indians’ lead to 14-7 after one quarter of play. In the second, the Jr. Hornets took control of the game as they outscored Carlyle 10-2 to take the lead.
Carlyle took an 18-17 lead early in the third quarter, but would not lead again. Nashville took the lead on a basket by Combs and never looked back. By the end of the third, the Jr. Hornets held a 35-21 lead over Carlyle.
In the fourth, it was more of the same, as the Jr. Hornets continued to control the action. Carlyle got as close as 11 but Nashville put the game away late, and went on for a 49-29 win.
Robinson led the way with 19 points, followed by Combs with 15 points. Heggemeier added eight points, while Kolten Gajewski scored four points. Brink rounded out the scoring with three points.
In the seventh grade matchup, the Jr. Hornets fell to Carlyle 34-31. Briles led the Jr. Hornets in the loss with 11 points. Hammer scored eight points, followed by Reinburg six points. Cook scored four points, and Heiman scored two points in the loss.