By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Middle School Jr. Hornets eighth grade boys basketball team split their two games this week as they defeated Pinckneyville but fell to Sparta. The Jr. Hornets moved their record to 5-3 on the season.
On November 13, the Jr. Hornets hosted Sparta. Nashville held an early lead, but could not hold on after halftime, as Sparta grabbed a 50-44 win over Nashville.
After one quarter of play, the Jr. Hornets led 12-8, but Sparta would close the deficit to one before the break. After halftime, Sparta took control. Sparta outscored Nashville 18-12 in the third quarter to take a five point lead into the final stanza. In the fourth, Nashville could not close the gap as Sparta went on for a 50-44 win.
Kolten Gajewski led the Jr. Hornets with 12 points in the loss. Nolan Heggemeier was also in double figures, as Heggemeier finished with 11 points. Aaron Brink added nine points, while Hayden Robinson chipped in eight points. Michael Combs scored four points to round out the scoring.
The Jr. Hornets were back in action on November 14, as they traveled to take on Pinckneyville. Nashville dominated the second half of the game on their way to a 52-29 win.
A close game in the first half, the Jr. Hornets held a 9-6 lead after the first quarter, and held a 21-18 lead at the break. In the second half, Nashville began to pull away. The Jr. Hornets outscored Pinckneyville 17-5 in the third quarter to take a commanding 38-23 lead into the final quarter of play.
In the fourth, Nashville continued the onslaught, as they put the game to rest to go on for the 52-29 win.
Combs and Heggemeier each scored 10 points to lead Nashville in the win. Brink added nine points followed by Robinson with seven points.
On November 13, the Jr. Hornets seventh grade team defeated Sparta 53-22. Quintin Loquasto led the team with 12 points, followed by Rylan Hammer with 10 points. Bennett Briles scored nine points, while Aidan Heiman scored six points. Carson Cook, Trey Reinburg, and Blaine Emrick each added four points, and Kaden Gajewski and JT Malawy rounded out the scoring with two points apiece.
The seventh grade team picked up another win with a 41-13 victory over Pinckneyville on November 14. Briles led the team with 11 points, followed by Hammer and Reinburg with eight points apiece. Loquasto scored six points, while Cook finished with three points.