Carson Parker puts up a tough shot during the first half of the Hornets 52-16 win over the Sparta Bulldogs. Parker finished with 20 points in the win.
By Brent Huelsmann
After losing two of their first three games to start the season, the Nashville Hornets boys basketball team pushed their win streak to five this past week as they defeated Sparta and Benton. The Hornets have a road matchup against Carterville on December 20, before they begin play in the Mater Dei Holiday Tournament which begins play on December 27. The full schedule for the Mater Dei Tournament can be found on Page B2.
On December 15, the Nashville Hornets basketball team traveled to Sparta for a road matchup against the Bulldogs. The Hornets dominated the action and controlled the tempo as they easily took a 52-16 win.
The first quarter was all Nashville as the Hornets rushed out to a 14-2 lead. Eight of the Hornets 14 points in the first quarter came from Carson Parker who was 2-2 from behind the arc and 2-2 from the charity stripe in the quarter.
By halftime, the Hornets extended their lead to 27-6 and by the end of the third quarter, the Hornets put the game away. Nashville led 41-14 as the teams headed into the fourth quarter. In the fourth, the Hornets were in cruise control as they went on for a 52-16 win.
After the game, Hornets coach Wayne Harre talked about not taking anyone lightly. “They probably had more returners than we do. Starters are that goes. Like I told our kids. We can beat anybody on our schedule, or we can lose to anybody on our schedule. I’m convinced of that, and that’s the way we’re playing. That’s the way our schedule is this year, and that’s the way we need to play every night.”
Carson Parker led Nashville with 20 points in the win. Bryce Bultman added 10 points, followed by Jake Haley with six points. Tanner Bergmann and Brandon Schnitker finished with four points apiece, while Dale Anderson, Kelton Harre, Matt Anderson, and Cameron Parker each finished with two points.
The Hornets were back in action the next night as the Hornets hosted Benton. A back and forth contest, neither team led by more than four points. In the end, the Hornets outlasted the Rangers as Nashville took the 52-50 win in double overtime.
The first quarter saw the Rangers quickly jump out to a 7-4 lead, but the Hornets would score the final four points of the quarter to lead 8-7 as the teams headed to the second.
In the second, the teams would go back and forth. The Hornets led by four early in the quarter, but Benton would come back to take a two point lead. Nashville would score five of the final seven points of the frame to maintain their one point lead at the break.
In the second half, it was more back and forth action as the three point shot kept Benton in the game. The Rangers made four shots from behind the arc in the third, to keep them close. Benton would again hold the lead late in the quarter, but Nashville would get a basket late to keep the one point advantage going into the fourth.
In the fourth, Nashville quickly pushed the lead back to four, but three more three pointers from Benton gave the Rangers the lead. Down by two late, Bultman would step to the charity stripe and make two clutch free throws to tie the game.
The game would then go to overtime where Benton would take a two point lead thanks to free throws, but again Nashville was able to tie the game to force a double overtime. In double overtime. The Hornets got two free throws from Bultman to take a two point lead. After Benton made a free throw of their own, Carson Parker would extend the lead back to two from the stripe. A three by Benton at the final buzzer clanked off the rim, and gave the Hornets the two point win.
After the game, coach Wayne Harre talked about getting a key win. “It’s a big win for us. Anytime you beat a quality opponent. They were 7-1, that’s a big win for us. They had all that momentum coming, and for us to beat them like that. I knew it was going to be a tough game for us. We all kind of knew that. They have a great coaching staff, they are well prepared. They’re kids have been playing together for three years, or even since grade school, so they kind of know each other. We’re kind of a work in progress right now and we still have a lot to work on.”
Bultman led the Hornets with 17 points in the game. Bultman also pulled down 11 rebounds for Nashville. Carson Parker also was in double figures with 13 points, and pulled down a team-high 18 rebounds in the win. Matt Anderson added 11 points in the game, followed by Cameron Parker with nine points. Bergmann rounded out the scoring with two points.