For the first time since February 3, 2000, the Nashville Hornettes girls basketball team lost a Southern Illinois River to River Mississippi Division conference game at Assembly Hall. The Hornettes fell to Carterville 52-47 in a hard-fought matchup. The loss brought the Hornettes record to 7-3 overall and a 1-2 conference record. The Hornettes have one more matchup before Christmas as they travel to take on Pinckneyville on Thursday, December 22.
The Hornettes started out strong in the matchup as they went on an 7-0 run at the end of the first to take a 15-9 lead at the end of the first. The Hornettes got back-to-back three pointers to start the second quarter to take a 10 point lead over Carterville. Carterville would begin to make their way back as they cut the Hornettes lead to just four points at halftime.
After halftime, the Hornettes continued to lead, but Carterville kept chipping away. In the third, the Lady Lions were able to tie the game at 29 but three free throws from Karly Stanowski gave the Hornettes a three-point lead going into the final stanza. In the fourth, Carterville would take the lead 34-33 early in the fourth, and would not relinquish it as they pulled off the 52-47 victory.
After the game, Carterville's coach Matt Crain talked about the win. “Anytime you come here and play in Nashville, you are going to be in for a night. It's not ever going to be easy, they don't make anything easy. Coach does a great job over there. I'm excited, its our first win, we are on top of the conference, so we've got a lot of things going for us.”
Hornettes coach Doug Althoff talked about his team's performance. “We had 17 turnovers and you just cant do that and expect to win. We gave up too many offensive rebounds, they had to many second cracks at it, I don't know what we shot from the three-point line, but it wasn't real good. We've got some work to do.”
Paige Kasten and Libby Ahlers each led the team with 14 points apiece in the game. Stanowski added nine points, followed by Rachael Kell with six points. Janie Holle scored four points in the loss.