By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Jr. Hornettes girls basketball team picked up three straight wins this past week as they defeated Sparta, Pinckneyville, and Jonesboro. The Jr. Hornettes record stands at 15-4 on the season.
The Jr. Hornettes got the week started with a 47-20 win over Sparta on December 12. The Jr. Hornettes took the lead early and used a big third quarter to put away Sparta and grab the win.
Nashville got off to a quick start as they outscored Sparta 9-2 in the first. The Jr. Hornettes extended their lead in the second, and held a 22-13 lead at the break.
In the second half, Nashville took control. The Jr. Hornettes outscored Sparta 16-3 in the third quarter to put the game away. In the fourth, Nashville was able to cruise to a 47-20 win.
Baylie Newman led Nashville with 14 points in the win. Jordan Donato added 12 points, followed by Emme Paszkiewicz with five points. Daci Finke, Emily Guest, and Alyssa Cole each finished with four points, while Annie Ahlers scored two points. Daphne Kollbaum scored one point in the win.
The Jr. Hornettes were back in action on December 14 as the grabbed a 30-28 win over Pinckneyville.
Nashville grabbed an early 8-5 lead at the end of the first, but Pinckneyville came back to take a 13-11 lead at halftime. After the break, the Jr. Hornettes would take back the lead by outscoring Pinckneyville 9-4 in the third quarter. In the fourth, Pinckneyville outscored Nashville, but it was not enough as the Jr. Hornettes held on for the 30-28 win.
Cole led the way with 12 points in the win, followed by Donato and Kollbaum with five points apiece. Newman added three points, while Paszkiewicz and Ryan Stiegman each scored two points. Ahlers rounded out the scoring with one point.
Nashville picked up their third straight win with a 38-6 win over Jonesboro on December 16. The Jr. Hornettes shut out Jonesboro in the second half and cruised to an easy win.
The Jr. Hornettes again got the early lead as they took a 7-2 lead after the first, and held a 14-6 lead at halftime. The game was put away in the third quarter as Nashville outscored Jonesboro 22-0 to take a 36-6 lead into the fourth. In the fourth, the Jr. Hornettes scored the only two points to win 38-6.
Finke led the way with 11 points, followed by Newman and Cole with eight points apiece. Stiegman added four points, followed by Kollbaum with three points. Paszkiewicz and Guest each scored two points in the win.