Hornettes Win Three

Team huddle

The Hornettes huddle up after their linup introduction in Saturday’s home game against Greenville. The Hornettes will play nine out of their first ten games this season at Assembly Hall.

After a 3-1 second place finish in their tournament to open the season, the Hornette basketball team took the floor again Tuesday against the Anna-Jonesboro Lady Comets. At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Comets held a slight advantage over the Hornettes.

Going into the second quarter the Hornettes were looking at a 16-12 deficit. It was another tightly contested second quarter, but A.J. was able to go into the locker room with a 24-22 lead at halftime. In the second half the Hornettes were able to flip the script. The Hornettes were able to grab a 33-31 lead at the end of the third quarter. They were able to close the game on a 17-6 and took the hard-fought conference matchup 50-37.

“We were finally able to get our legs underneath us. We were pretty sluggish coming out. It took us a while to get the lead, but once we got the lead it gave them a little extra energy. We did a good job closing the game out.” Coach Althoff said after his team’s 50-37 win.

On offense, the Hornetes were able to spread the wealth, as there were three different Hornettes to score in double figures. Sabrina Kollbaum finished with a game high 16 points. Rylee Leuchtefeld added 13, and Alyssa Cole threw in 12 more. Leuchtefeld also came down with 11 rebounds to finish off the double-double. Emily Schintker also had five points, while Halle Reuter and Jordan Donato both bucketed two points each. Before the season, Coach Doug Althoff harped on how difficult the schedule will be. A week into the season, the Hornettes held a 4-1 record.

“It’s very good as far as I’m concerned because we could very easily be 1-4. The competition we play, anybody we play could beat us. There’s so much parody this year. The main thing is just trying to keep everybody healthy,” Coach Althoff said.

On Thursday, the Hornetteswere back on the hardwood in their only road game before Christmas break as they took on the Lady Red Devils of Sesser-Valier. The Hornettes were able to jump out to an early lead and took a 13-6 advantage into the second quarter. The Hornettes were able to use a 16-7 run in the second frame to hold a commanding 27-11 lead at the half. At the end of the third quarter, the Hornettes had more than doubled up the Lady Red Devils as they lead 44-20. They cruised to a 57-29 victory, moving to 5-1 on the young campaign. Like the A.J. contest, the Hornettes had three players finish in double figures. Cole finished with 16 while Kollbaum and Donato both added 13. Schnitker and Cheyenne Boester threw in five, Leuchtefeld finished with four, and Daphne Kollbaum had one. The team continued their busy week Saturday afternoon against a tough Greenville squad. The Hornettes were facing some early adversity as they were without senior Rylee Leuchtefeld for most of the first half due to foul trouble. Without one of their key players, the Hornettes were able to weather the storm. After both teams went into the second quarter with eight points, the Hornettes were able to finish the half on a 9-2 run to take a 24-16 lead into the half. The Nashville offense stalled in the third quarter which allowed Greenville to crawl their way back into the game. Going into the fourth, the Hornettes were clinging to a 27-23 lead. With just under two minutes to play in the contest, Greenville was able to get within one point of the Hornettes. The situation prompted a 60 second Coach Althoff timeout. With time expiring,

After a 3-1 second place finish in their tournament to open the season, the Hornette basketball team took the floor again Tuesday against the Anna-Jonesboro Lady Comets. At the end of the first quarter, the Lady Comets held a slight advantage over the Hornettes.

Going into the second quarter the Hornettes were looking at a 16-12 deficit. It was another tightly contested second quarter, but A.J. was able to go into the locker room with a 24-22 lead at halftime. In the second half the Hornettes were able to flip the script. The Hornettes were able to grab a 33-31 lead at the end of the third quarter. They were able to close the game on a 17-6 and took the hard-fought conference matchup 50-37.

“We were finally able to get our legs underneath us. We were pretty sluggish coming out. It took us a while to get the lead, but once we got the lead it gave them a little extra energy. We did a good job closing the game out.” Coach Althoff said after his team’s 50-37 win.

On offense, the Hornetes were able to spread the wealth, as there were three different Hornettes to score in double figures. Sabrina Kollbaum finished with a game high 16 points. Rylee Leuchtefeld added 13, and Alyssa Cole threw in 12 more. Leuchtefeld also came down with 11 rebounds to finish off the double-double. Emily Schintker also had five points, while Halle Reuter and Jordan Donato both bucketed two points each. Before the season, Coach Doug Althoff harped on how difficult the schedule will be. A week into the season, the Hornettes held a 4-1 record.

“It’s very good as far as I’m concerned because we could very easily be 1-4. The competition we play, anybody we play could beat us. There’s so much parody this year. The main thing is just trying to keep everybody healthy,” Coach Althoff said.

On Thursday, the Hornetteswere back on the hardwood in their only road game before Christmas break as they took on the Lady Red Devils of Sesser-Valier. The Hornettes were able to jump out to an early lead and took a 13-6 advantage into the second quarter. The Hornettes were able to use a 16-7 run in the second frame to hold a commanding 27-11 lead at the half. At the end of the third quarter, the Hornettes had more than doubled up the Lady Red Devils as they lead 44-20. They cruised to a 57-29 victory, moving to 5-1 on the young campaign. Like the A.J. contest, the Hornettes had three players finish in double figures. Cole finished with 16 while Kollbaum and Donato both added 13. Schnitker and Cheyenne Boester threw in five, Leuchtefeld finished with four, and Daphne Kollbaum had one. The team continued their busy week Saturday afternoon against a tough Greenville squad. The Hornettes were facing some early adversity as they were without senior Rylee Leuchtefeld for most of the first half due to foul trouble. Without one of their key players, the Hornettes were able to weather the storm. After both teams went into the second quarter with eight points, the Hornettes were able to finish the half on a 9-2 run to take a 24-16 lead into the half. The Nashville offense stalled in the third quarter which allowed Greenville to crawl their way back into the game. Going into the fourth, the Hornettes were clinging to a 27-23 lead. With just under two minutes to play in the contest, Greenville was able to get within one point of the Hornettes. The situation prompted a 60 second Coach Althoff timeout. With time expiring,

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