When faced with a tough situation some tend to thrive while others falter.
In the case of Huntland’s Lady Hornets basketball team this past Thursday and Friday nights, they thrived.
Faced with the tough task of playing on the road on consecutive nights, the Lady Hornets won back-to-back games over Cornersville and Fayetteville.
Thursday night the Lady Hornets downed Cornersville 51-40, then the following night defeated District 9-A opponent Fayetteville 71-41.
Freshman Ali Golden was instrumental in both of the Lady Hornets wins, averaging 26 points over each game.
Thursday night in Cornersville things looked tight early, and at the conclusion of the first quarter, the score was tied at 10 each.
Over the next two quarters the Lady Hornets exhibited a lock down defense that held the Cornersville Lady Bulldogs to just four points in the second quarter, and seven points in the third.
Combined with an impressive offensive effort, the Lady Hornets headed into the fourth quarter leading 37-21.
Defensively the Lady Hornets loosened in the fourth and final quarter, but still pulled away with an 11-point victory 51-40.
Golden’s 23 points led the way for Huntland, followed by fellow freshmen Tara Cates’ 11 points.
Eighth Grader Caylee McLennan and Golden co-led the team in rebounds with eight each.
On Friday night the Lady Hornets executed nearly the same exact plan, this time for an even larger margin of victory.
The victory was extremely important, coming over a district opponent in the Fayetteville Lady Tigers.
By jumping out to an early 26-point lead, 49-23, the Lady Hornets held complete control heading into halftime. After lightening up in the second half, the Lady Hornets had still won the game by an incredible 30-point margin, 71-41.
This marked the largest margin of victory by the Lady Hornets this year.
Golden led Huntland in scoring with 29 points, exhibiting impressive shooting efficiency at 71 percent from the field. Freshmen Micaela Clark was also in double digit scoring with 11 points.
Other high scorers included McLennan with eight points, and Cates with seven points.
Eighth grader Taylor Elrod scored her first varsity basket of the year, connecting on a three pointer.
With the consecutive victories, the Lady Hornets have evened their overall record at 8-8 and their district record at 3-3.
No time to celebrate though, as the Lady Hornets get set to host a match up tonight with district foe Community High School.
Community’s Lady Vikings post an impressive overall record of 13-3, and the team is ranked seventh in the state in single A basketball by www.coacht.com.
Earlier in the year, the Lady Hornets lost a tough contest to Community by more than 20 points, 66-41.
The Lady Hornets will look to extract some revenge, this time from their home court.
Tip off is set for 6 p.m.