By Brent Huelsmann
Down by 19 points late in the third quarter, the Nashville Hornettes basketball team completed an improbable comeback to stay perfect in conference play. The Hornettes outscored Carterville 32-10 in the second half to take a 45-40 win over the Lady Lions. The Hornettes record is 8-2 on the season as they head into a matchup against Pinckneyville on December 21.
Nashville started out slow in the contest as Carterville controlled the action in the first half of the contest. The Hornettes were kept in the game by senior Karly Stanowski who scored all of Nashville’s points in the first half of play.
the Hornettes trailed the Lady Lions 12-8. In the second, Carterville really broke the game open as they outscored Nashville 18=5 to take a 30-13 halftime lead.
The second half would be a different story. After Carterville took a 34-15 lead with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter, the Hornettes offense would come alive. A couple threes from Paige Kasten helped cut the deficit to 38-30 with one quarter to go.
In the fourth, Carterville would score early to push the lead back to ten, but would not score again in the contest. The Hornettes ended the game on a 15-0 run to shock the Lady Lions and grab the 45-40 win.
Karly Stanowski led the Hornettes with 19 points in the game, which included all 13 points the Hornettes scored in the first half. Kasten scored 13 points, 11 of which came in the third quarter of play. Rachael Kell added six points, all of which were in the fourth quarter, while Libby Ahlers scored four points. Sabrina Kollbaum rounded out the scoring for Nashville with three points.
The Hornettes are back in action on December 21, as they take on Pinckneyville at home. During halftime, the very first Hornettes basketball team will be honored. The Hornettes began play forty years ago during the 1978-79 season. The JV and Varsity ladies from that season will be recognized.