Eli Stevenson

Huntland's Eli Stevenson holds the ball in the corner during a game Friday at Cascade High School. Stevenson scored 16 points in the 70-66 loss.

The Huntland High School Hornets lost to the Cascade Champions 70-66 on the road Friday for their 15th loss of the season.

The Hornets kept the game close throughout behind a strong shooting performance from beyond the arc, but they were not able to pull out a win in the closing seconds.

The first quarter set the tone for the game with six lead changes occurring in the opening period.

The Hornets led 14-12 after one quarter.

The Hornets hit a few 3-pointers early in the second quarter to boost their advantage up to six points, but the Champions ended the half on a 12-5 run to retake the lead.

The Hornets trailed 28-27 at halftime.

After a few more lead changes and tied scores throughout the third quarter, the Champions ended the period on a 9-1 run to create a decent amount of separation.

The Hornets trailed 47-39 going into the final period.

The Hornets would not go down quietly as they scored 27 points in the fourth quarter alone. They hit seven 3-pointers in the final period, and they finished the game with 11 3-pointers made as a team.

However, the Champions also had a strong offensive period to close out the contest, and they would not surrender the lead in the final minute as the Hornets lost by four.

Eli Stevenson led the Hornets with 16 points for the game, followed by Colton Ray with 15 points and Garrett Jernigan with 11.

Will Jolley scored eight points, Dylan Schultz scored seven, Bryson Johnson scored six and Kaleb Stovall scored three.

With the loss, the Hornets moved to 5-15 on the season and 1-4 in district play.

They will next play Tuesday at home against Cornersville High School. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.