Hornets Open Conference Play
By Brent Huelsmann
After bouncing back to take home second place at the Mascoutah Tip-off Classic, the Nashville Hornets picked up back to back wins over Anna-Jonesboro and Waterloo Gibault.
The Hornets are back in action on Friday night as they travel to take on Sparta. Nashville’s record is 4-2 this season.
After a week off, the Hornets opened up the home slate with a 61-36 win over Anna-Jonesboro. The Wildcats came into the matchup with perfect 5-0 record.
The two teams went back and forth in the first quarter, as Anna-Jonesboro led by as many as five, but the Hornets scored the final eight points of the quarter to take a 12-9 after one quarter of play. The Hornets took control in the second quarter as Nashville scored 10 of the first 12 points to take a ten point lead over the Wildcats. Throughout the quarter, the lead hovered around double digits. Anna-Jonesboro would get as close as 7, but the Hornets put their foot on the gas to end the frame. Nashville ended the second quarter on a 9-2 run to take a 31-17 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Hornets continued to build their lead. Nashville outscored the Wildcats 18-12 to take a 20 point lead with one quarter left to play. In the fourth, with the game out of reach, the Hornets cruised to a 61-36 win, handing Anna-Jonesboro their first loss of the season.
After the game, Hornets coach Wayne Harre was happy about the win, but said there is a lot of work to do. “We did ok. We have a long way to go. We’re not satisfied. It’s a good win. They were a 5-0 team. They were riding a five game winning streak. We knew they were going to play with a lot of confidence. Our defense was ok early. As the game went on we gave them a couple easy baskets, we didn’t get back and they got to the bucket on us a couple times. They’re a talented team.”
The Hornets were led in the game by Bryce Bultman who finished with 19 points in the win. Carson Parker was not far behind with 15 points. After the game, Harre talked about their production. “They can do a lot of different things, and they can get others involved. I think they made some good passes tonight. They can do some things themselves, but if they are covered we have some other kids who can put the ball in the basket.”
Matt Anderson added nine points, followed by Tanner Bergmann with eight points. Cameron Parker scored four points in the win, followed by Brandon Schnitker and Jake Haley each scored three points apiece for the Hornets.
Nashville was back in action the next night as they traveled to take on Waterloo Gibault. A low-scoring affair, the Hornets were able to come out on top 37-21.
Nashville got off to a quick start as they built a 14-3 lead after one quarter of play. In the second, the Hornets were able to build their lead before the break. Nashville outscored Waterloo Gibault 12-7 in the second to take a 26-10 halftime lead.
In the second half, the scoring slowed for the Hornets. After scoring just five points in the third quarter, the Hornets put up six points in the fourth. Waterloo Gibault could not take advantage as they scored just three points in the third and eight points in the fourth. When the final buzzer sounded, the Hornets were victorious 37-21.
Bultman and Carson Parker each finished with eight points in the win. Haley and Anderson each added six points while Bergmann finished with five points. Cameron Parker scored three points, and Schnitker rounded out the scoring with one point.