By Brent Huelsmann
The Jr. Hornettes girls basketball team brought home third place at the Okawville Tournament this past week, as they picked up wins over Lebanon and Bartelso. The Jr. Hornettes dropped their only game of the tournament to Aviston. The Jr. Hornettes then returned back home on November 6 and defeated Trico. Nashville’s record is currently 5-2.
Nashville began the Okawville Tournament with a dominant 41-3 win over Lebanon to end the month of October on Halloween. Nashville outscored Lebanon 24-0 in the first half, and continued the domination into the second half. Lebanon scored their only points of the game in the third quarter. In the fourth, Nashville would cruise to a 41-3 win.
Nashville got a balanced scoring effort in the win as nine different players scored for the Jr. Hornettes. Alyssa Cole led the way with 10 points, followed by Annie Ahlers and Emma Eberhart with six points. Jordan Donato, Emme Paszkiewicz, and Hailey Baugh all added four points, while Hope Liszewski chipped in three points. Daphne Kollbaum and Baylie Newman each finished with two points to round out the scoring.
The Jr. Hornettes suffered their lone loss of the tournament with a 38-23 loss to Aviston on November 1. Aviston jumped out to a quick lead and led 15-6 at the end of the first quarter. At halftime, Aviston had extended their lead to 21-11 over the Jr. Hornettes. Nashville got a little closer in the third quarter, but Aviston put the game away for good in the fourth.
Nashville was led by Cole, who finished with nine points. Kollbaum added seven points, followed by Paszkiewicz with three points. Donato and Ahlers each finished with two points in the loss.
The Jr. Hornettes took home third place in the tournament with a 43-37 win over Bartelso on November 3. The two teams were even after the first quarter of play with the game tied at 7, but Nashville took a slight advantage in the second quarter. The Jr. Hornettes led 22-18. After halftime, Nashville was able to extend their lead in a closely contested third quarter, and led 30-24 going into the final stanza. In the fourth, Nashville held off Bartelso to take the win 43-37.
Cole led the Jr. Hornettes with 24 points in the win. Kollbaum added eight points, followed by Liszewski with five points. Donato, Paszkiewicz and Baugh each had two points in the win.
The Jr. Hornettes dominated the final three quarters in their next game as they picked up a 48-9 win over Trico at home on November 6. Nashville jumped out to a 14-6 lead after the first quarter, and extended their lead to 27-8 at halftime. After halftime Nashville outscored Trico 21-1 in the second half to cruise to their fifth victory of the season.
Kollbaum led the way with 15 points, followed by Liszewski with 10 points. Cole added nine points, while both Newman and Donato each scored three points. Ahlers, Baugh, Emily Guest, and Korbi Rhine rounded out the scoring with two points apiece in the win.
The Jr. Hornettes JV team has a record of 4-3 on the season. The JV team has picked up wins over Trico, Muphsyboro, Albers, and Centralia on the season.