Hornets snap three game streak, then lose close
Facing losing four straight games, the Huntland Hornets boys’ basketball team stepped up with a big victory this past Thursday night.
Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived because the Hornets lost a tough District 9-A game the following night.
Thursday night the Hornets traveled to Cornersville and handily defeated the Bulldogs 66-43. It was the Hornets first victory by a 20-plus-point margin of the season.
The Hornets had the hot hand early, outscoring the Bulldogs 31-18 in the first half.
Things continued to flow for the Hornets in the second half, this time outscoring their opponent 35-25, to make the final score 66-43.
A large key to the Hornets victory was the team’s ability to score the three ball seemingly at will. Huntland made nine total three-point shots, shooting nearly 50 percent from behind the line.
Four Hornets scored in double digits, senior Kevin Jernigan and sophomore Kobe Foster led with 15 points each. Not far behind were junior Justin Sells, scoring 11 points, and sophomore Tyler Smith with 10 points.
Smith and Foster each completed their nights with a double-double, as Smith nabbed 12 rebounds, and Foster pulled in 11.
On Friday night the Hornets faced off against district opponent Fayetteville.
In the two teams’ previous meeting on December 3rd, 2013, the Tigers roared over the Hornets 81-53.
This time around, only four points separated the two teams.
Despite setting a new team high in points scored for the season, the Hornets lost 74-70.
Things seemed to go the right way for the Hornets early, scoring 21 points in the first quarter, jumping out to a 21-16 lead.
Fayetteville took control of the second quarter, and at the halftime break Huntland trailed by two points, 37-35.
In the third quarter things remained deadlocked, each team scoring 17 points.
Trailing by two points in the fourth quarter, the Hornets came close, but ended up falling behind by four and lost 74-70.
The loss is especially tough for the Hornets who are looking to make some noise in the district.
With the loss, Huntland now falls to 5-11 overall and 2-4 in district play.
The Hornets will get a chance to bounce back tonight when they host Community High School.
Community’s Vikings post an overall record of 11-5 and are coming off a district win over Moore County, 76-54.
The Hornets and Vikings met earlier in the season where the Vikings were victorious, 75-52.
Huntland will look to create a new outcome for themselves this go around with tip off set for tonight following the girls’ game.