By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornettes have had a strong start to this year’s campaign. Nashville moved their record to 8-2 on the season after picking up win over Woodlawn, Unity Point Carbondale, and Sparta. The Jr. Hornettes played DuQuoin on November 14, and will play Pinckneyville on November 16.
The Jr. Hornettes kept up their winning ways as they won their third straight game with a 42-30 win over Woodlawn on November 7. Woodlawn came out quick and led 6-5 after the first quarter of play. Nashville would take the lead for good in the second quarter, as they outscored Woodlawn 14-9 to take a 19-15 lead into the break. After halftime, the Jr. Hornettes dominated the third quarter to extend their lead to 35-23. In the fourth, Nashville was able to cruise to a 42-30 win.
Alyssa Cole led the way with 21 points in the win. Daphne Kollbaum added seven points, followed by Emme Paszkiewicz with six points. Jordan Donato scored four points, and both Ryan Stiegman and Hope Liszewski scored two points in the win.
Nashville was back in action on November 9 as they traveled to take on Unity Point Carbondale. The long trip did not slow down the Jr. Hornettes as they defeated Unity Point Carbondale 50-31. A high scoring first quarter, saw Nashville hold a 17-10 advantage going into the second. In the second the Jr. Hornettes were able to build on their lead, and held a 29-18 lead at the break.
After halftime, Nashville continued to build on their lead, outscoring Unity Point Carbondale 11-8 in the third, and 10-5 in the fourth to grab the 50-31 win. Cole again led the way with 23 points in the win. Donato added nine points, while Liszewski scored five points. Both Paszkiewicz and Baugh each scored four points for Nashville, while Kollbaum added three points. Newman rounded out the scoring with two points.
Nashville moved their record to 8-2 on the season with a close 39-35 win over Sparta on November 13. The Jr. Hornettes started slow as Sparta held an 11-7 lead after the first quarter, and a 21-18 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Jr. Hornettes were able to take the lead and hold onto it as the narrowly got the victory on the road.
Nashville outscored Sparta 11-6 in the third to take a 29-27 lead into the final stanza. In the fourth, Nashville was able to hold on, as they outscored Sparta 10-8 in the frame to grab the four point win.
Cole led the way with 13 points, followed by Kollbaum with seven. Baugh, Stiegman, Donato, and Annie Ahlers all had four points apiece, while Daci Finke added two points. Paszkiewicz scored one point in the win.