Hornettes Pick Up Three Wins
By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornettes girls basketball team blew out their opponents this past week, as they defeated Sparta, Herrin, and Benton all by at least 20 points. The Hornettes average margin of victory in their three wins was 38 points.
The Hornettes record on the season is 7-2.
Nashville won their second straight SIRR Conference game to start the season as they throttled Sparta 73-19 on December 5. Nashville got off to a quick start as they outscored Sparta 18-10 in the first quarter. Karly Stanowski provided the offensive spark in the first as she finished with 11 first quarter points.
It was all Nashville the rest of the way, as the Hornettes outscored Sparta 19-2 in the second, and 26-2 in the third to take a commanding lead into the fourth. In the fourth, the Hornettes were on cruise control as they easily picked up the 73-19 win.
Paige Kasten was the leading scorer for the hornettes with 21 points, all of which came from behind the arc. Kasten added to her career three-point record with seven threes, four of which came in the third quarter. Stanowski added 17 points, followed by Libby Ahlers, Rachael Kell, Emily Stern, and Sophie Heck who all had six points apiece.
Sabrina Kollbaum and Addi Gale each finished with four points, while Olivia Cook scored two points. Rylee Luechtefeld rounded out the scoring with one point.
The Hornettes were back in action on December 7 as they took on Herrin. Nashville’s defense stifled Herrin as the Hornettes dominated to take a 48-13 win.
Nashville jumped out to an early 8-2 lead after one quarter of play as Stanowski scored six early points to give Nashville the advantage. The Hornettes would continue to build their lead in the second as they pushed their lead to as high as 13 before halftime. At the break, the Hornettes held a 17-6 advantage. In the first half, the Hornettes defense held Herrin to just 3-17 shooting.
In the third, the Hornettes headed up from behind the arc, as Nashville hit four three pointers to put the game out of reach. Nashville quickly gained a 20 point advantage.
After going up 26-6, the Hornettes closed the third on a 10-3 run to take a 36-9 lead into the fourth. In the fourth, the Hornettes were again in cruise control as they easily took the 48-13 win.
After the game Hornettes coach Doug Althoff talked about his team’s defense “They played hard-nosed defense that game. Every shot was contested, and another big thing too was they were only getting one shot. We got a lot of boards, rebounds and everyone was going.”
Stanowski led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds in the win. Kasten and Kell each chipped in nine points, followed by Ahlers with seven points. Kollbaum came off the bench with four points, and Heck rounded out the scoring with one point in the win.
Nashville rounded out the week with a 53-28 win over Benton on Saturday December 9. A close game through the first quarter, the Hornettes put the game away in the middle quarters.
At the end of the first, Nashville held just a one point lead at 8-7. Nashville would gain breathing room in the second, as they Hornettes outscored the Rangerettes 15-8 to take a 23-15 halftime lead. In the third, the Hornettes pushed their lead to almost 20 as they outscored Benton 16-5 and led 39-20 with one quarter to play. In the fourth, the Hornettes went 6-9 from the charity stripe to close out the 53-28 win.
Stanowski led Nashville with 22 points in the win. Stanowski was joined in double figures by Ahlers with 10 points. Kasten added seven points, followed by Luechtefeld and Heck with four points apiece. Kollbaum and Stern each scored three points apiece in the win.