Hornettes Stay Perfect In Conference Play

Paige Kasten gets fouled as she puts up a shot during the Hornettes 56-35 win over DuQuoin.

By Brent Huelsmann

The Nashville Hornettes girls basketball team is on a roll to start off the new year. Coming off of a sixth place finish in the Mascoutah Tournament, the Hornettes have won three straight games, all on the road, as they defeated Carbondale, DuQuoin, and Anna-Jonesboro. The Hornettes are now 14-4 on the season, and lead the SIRR Mississippi Division with a 6-0 record.

Nashville got the new year started with a 51-20 win over Carbondale on January 2. The Hornettes got the lead early, and used a big third quarter to put away the Terriers.

The Hornettes got a balanced scoring effort in the first, as they were able to take an early 11-7 lead over Carbondale. With just a four point lead at the start of the frame, Nashville would take control of the game in the second. The Hornettes would get a great quarter from Libby Ahlers, who scored 9 of the 11 points for Nashville in the second. Defensively the  Hornettes would allow just two points, and held a 22-9 halftime lead.

In the third, the Hornettes put the game out of reach for good. Nashville outscored Carbondale 15-2 in the quarter and held a commanding 37-11 lead with one quarter to play. In the fourth, the Hornettes were able to cruise to a 51-20 win.

Ahlers finished with 20 points to lead all scorers in the game. Karly Stanowski added 14 points in the win for Nashville. Paige Kasten added seven points, while Emily Stern and Rachael Kell each finished with four points. Sabrina Kollbaum rounded out the scoring with two points.

In the Hornettes first conference matchup of the year, Nashville caught fire from behind the arc as they defeated DuQuoin 56-35.

The Hornettes would get off to a slow start in the contest, as DuQuoin led for the majority of the first quarter of the contest. After eight minutes of play, the Hornettes trailed 11-10.

The second quarter was when the Hornettes began to light it up from the outside. Nashville would hit five three pointers in the quarter, three of which came from Kasten. A lot of excitement in the second quarter of play. Early in the frame, Stanowski stepped to the line with a chance to reach 1000 career points. Stanowski would connect on one of two free throws to reach the milestone. The three point shot turned a tie game, into a double digit lead. The Hornettes quickly turned a 17-15 lead into a 30-19 lead to take control of the game. At half, Nashville led 30-22.

It was more of the same in the third quarter. Kell would connect three times from behind the line to help extend the Hornettes lead from 30-22 at halftime, to 46-31 after three quarters of play. In the fourth, Nashville would outscore DuQuoin 10-4 to close out the win.

Hornettes coach Doug Althoff talked about the three point shooting after the game. “That’s what they gave us, fortunately we knocked them down, and that really did make the difference in the game. We got that lead on them and kind of sustained it after that.”

Althoff went on to talk about Stanowski reaching 1000 points. “It’s one of those things. She knew about it. Pressing a little bit. It’s better to just get it done and taken care of and play your normal game after that. Give DuQuoin credit they did a good job on her tonight. They weren’t going to let her beat them. So they gave us the opportunity to shoot the threes, and Rachael and Paige had a good game from the perimeter, and even Libby knocked one down to. That makes a huge difference.”

Kasten led Nashville with 18 points, and went 4-5 from behind the arc. Kell was 5-7 from three point range in the win for 15 points. Stanowski scored nine in the win, followed by Ahlers with eight. Sophie Heck added four points, and Kollbaum finished with two points.

The Hornettes won their third straight road contest to begin 2018, as they defeated Anna-Jonesboro 41-21.

Again the Hornettes had the three ball working, as Kasten connected three times from behind the arc in the first quarter to help the Hornettes to a 11-4 lead after one quarter of play. In the second, the Hornettes extended their lead, but not by much. Nashville outscored Anna-Jonesboro 6-5 in the frame and held a 17-11 halftime lead.

In the third, the Hornettes went 5-7 from the line to help Nashville outscore Anna-Jonesboro 13-9 and take a 30-18 lead into the fourth. In the final frame, the Hornettes outscored the Lady Wildcats 11-3 to take the 41-21 win.

Kasten led the Hornettes with 13 points in the win. Both Stanowski and Ahlers added 10 points, while Kell knocked down a three pointer for her only three points of the contest. Heck and Kollbaum each added two points, and Stern finished with one point in the win.

Nashville returns home for their next contest against Carlyle on January 11 before beginning play in the Highland Girls Basketball Tournament against Salem on January 13.

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