Hornets Win Eighth Straight

Cameron Parker drives towards the net during the Hornets 41-24 win over Carlyle.
By Brent Huelsmann
The Nashville Hornets won both of their contests this past week as they defeated Anna-Jonesboro and Carlyle, both for the second time this season. The Hornets moved their win streak to eight. The Hornets now have a record of 18-5. Nashville’s next contest is Friday night at home against Sparta. The Hornets will compete in the Rich Herrin Classic in Benton on February 3, where the Hornets will play Harrisburg at 8:30 p.m.
Nashville moved their conference record to 5-1 on the season with a 48-29 win over Anna-Jonesboro on January 26.
The Hornets got off to a slow start in this contest as Anna-Jonesboro held the early lead. The Wildcats led 11-9 at the end of the first quarter. In the second, Jake Haley and Carson Parker each knocked down a three to help the Hornets tie the game at 19 as the teams went in for halftime.
Nashville came alive in the second half. The Hornets offense put up 15 points in the third quarter, while the defense only gave up seven points to give the Hornets a 34-26 lead after three quarters of play.
In the fourth, the Hornets defense clamped down even further as Nashville gave up just three points in the quarter. Nashville scored 13 points in the frame, and the Hornets went 9-9 from the charity stripe in the fourth. The Hornets stingy defense combined with the offense clicking in the second half allowed Nashville to grab the 48-29 win.
Bultman led Nashville with 13 points in the win, seven of which came in the fourth quarter. Carson Parker added 12 points.  Haley added nine points in the win, followed by Tanner Bergmann, and Matt Anderson, who each finished with six points. Cameron Parker rounded out the scoring with two points.
The Hornets were back home on January 27 as they took on the Carlyle Indians. Nashville’s defense kept Carlyle off balance all night as the Hornets picked up their eighth straight win with a 41-24 win.
The Hornets led throughout the contest as they took an early 7-2 lead over the Indians. Carlyle would come back to tie the game at eight, but Nashville would score late to take a 10-8 lead after one quarter of play.
Offensively the Hornets got things going in the second. Nashville outscored Carlyle 16-7 in the second quarter to take control of the contest. Nashville held a 26-15 lead at halftime.
The Hornets defense was even tougher in the third quarter. Nashville outscored Carlyle 10-4 in the third quarter. Nashville got a big boost in the frame from Bergmann who scored six of the Hornets 10 points in the third. In the fourth, the Hornets were in cruise control as Carlyle never got closer than 16.
“Offensively we were not very good in those two quarters. I think we didn’t score in the third quarter until late, but you have to give them a lot of credit defensively. They take things away from you. They double and triple on post touches and they’re big and long and it’s tough to get it out of there. We just didn’t finish a lot. I think we had the opportunity to finish or get to the free throw line and make free throws and we just didn’t do that.”  said Carlyle’s Andy Palmer about the Indians struggles in the middle portion of the game.
Hornets Coach Wayne Harre called it a total team effort. “Tanner gave a little lift there beginning of the half there and Matt gave us a little lift there in the first half. I thought Carson and Bryce did a good job of running things out there. Jake hit some shots again, but Jake’s defense is always pretty good. And we did a good job on Siever, he is an animal in there and he’s a good player, and I thought Tanner and Cameron did a good job on him. Good team effort. They are a scary ball club. You play a Carlyle Indian team with Coach Palmer and they’re always scary and they are always capable of beating you at any time. Doesn’t make a difference what their record is, so you have to be ready to play.”
Bultman led Nashville with 12 points in the win, followed by Carson Parker, Bergmann, and Anderson who each had eight points. Haley rounded out the scoring with five points.

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